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Mysterious Goings On

Mysterious Goings On

By J. Alexander Greenwood
Every week author J. Alexander Greenwood talks about writing mystery, thriller, suspense, horror and other genre fiction. Join Alex for plenty of writing-related topics, as well as interviews, guests and some stuff that has nothing to do with anything.
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A Slice of Melancholia, a Bowl of Hope, and Piping Hot Satire
This Thanksgiving, Alex serves up a feast with a slice of good-natured melancholia, a steaming bowl of hope, and piping hot buttered satire for dessert. Our special guest is EuroSatan. Follow him on Twitter: @EuroSatan. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver So Penseroso by Ogden Nash Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels Help keep Mysterious Goings On, going on. Become a supporter! For just $1.99 a month, you can help keep MGO in production, bringing you the interviews, news, monologues, and more we have offered since 2016. Supporting is easy! Just visit our website homepage, scroll down to the section shown in the photo here, and use our secure Paypal links to contribute via Paypal or debit card. Buy Alex Greenwood's books on Amazon.com. Be sure to check out Alex's public relations show, PR After Hours, available wherever you get your podcasts, and on AnchorFM. Original theme music "Mysterious Goings On" by Jamie Green. Want your own cool score for your podcast or website? Contact Jamie at Greenhouse Consulting. Check out Jamie's interview on the show here. This episode of the Mysterious Goings On Podcast was recorded and mixed at Green Shebeen Studios in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2020, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting, or other use without written permission.
15:45
November 25, 2020
The Weight of the World with Andrew Shanahan
Andrew "Shan" Shanahan knows about the weight of the world we all feel and he's written a cracking good book about it. His first novel Before and After is the story of a 601 lb. man who is trapped inside his home as a pandemic rages outside. Shanahan has been a journalist for over two decades, writing for some of the biggest newspapers in the world. He founded an organization in 2014 called MAN v FAT which has since helped over four million men worldwide to lose weight and get healthy. When he stepped back from MAN v FAT, he returned to his first love: writing. Alex chats with Shan about the book, the state of the world, his take on writing, and his acclaimed work to help overweight men.  Get the book: http://www.helpbiscuits.com/ Connect with Shan: https://helloshan.co.uk/ *** Help keep Mysterious Goings On, going on. Become a supporter! For just $1.99 a month, you can help keep MGO in production, bringing you the interviews, news, monologues, and more we have offered since 2016. Supporting is easy! Just visit our website homepage, scroll down to the section shown in the photo here, and use our secure Paypal links to contribute via Paypal or debit card. Buy Alex Greenwood's books on Amazon.com. Be sure to check out Alex's public relations show, PR After Hours, available wherever you get your podcasts, and on AnchorFM. Original theme music "Mysterious Goings On" by Jamie Green. Want your own cool score for your podcast or website? Contact Jamie at Greenhouse Consulting. Check out Jamie's interview on the show here. This episode of the Mysterious Goings On Podcast was recorded and mixed at Green Shebeen Studios in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2020, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting, or other use without written permission.
48:46
November 19, 2020
Crossing into Alaskan Adventure with Russell Heath
One thing Alex has learned knocking around the planet lo these many decades is that there are no good guys, and perhaps not as many bad guys as you might think. People are, instead, often defined by the lines people cross to achieve their aims. That’s why today we're excited to venture into the Last Frontier of Alaska, where author and explorer Russell Heath has set "Rinn’s Crossing," a high-stakes, high-octane dive into the gritty political battles that have ripped Alaska apart since statehood. Learn more about Russell Heath: https://russellheathauthor.com/ Buy the book here. Check out a great talk with Russell Heath at the Explorers Club here. Check out the late Jim Lehrer's "One-Eyed Mack" series here. *** Help keep Mysterious Goings On, going on. Become a supporter! For just $1.99 a month, you can help keep MGO in production, bringing you the interviews, news, monologues, and more we have offered since 2016. Supporting is easy! Just visit our website homepage, scroll down to the section shown in the photo here, and use our secure Paypal links to contribute via Paypal or debit card. Buy Alex Greenwood's books on Amazon.com. Be sure to check out Alex's public relations show, PR After Hours, available wherever you get your podcasts, and on AnchorFM. Original theme music "Mysterious Goings On" by Jamie Green. Want your own cool score for your podcast or website? Contact Jamie at Greenhouse Consulting. Check out Jamie's interview on the show here. This episode of the Mysterious Goings On Podcast was recorded and mixed at Green Shebeen Studios in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2020, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting, or other use without written permission.
46:35
November 12, 2020
Lee Matthew Goldberg and the Frozen Man
During this time of quarantine and isolation due to Covid-19, many have felt loneliness, a feeling of being stuck in time, as well as separation and loss of loved ones. Lee Matthew Goldberg’s fourth book, “The Ancestor” explores the emotional journey of the protagonist Wyatt trying to get back to a life that is familiar. On today's show, Goldberg talks about writing the non-stop thriller that leaves readers in the same haze of desire, uncertainty, and fear as the main character whose story begins when his amnesia-dazed mind encounters someone who looks just like him.  Suddenly he is flooded with memories of a life he is convinced he has lived. But the images take him back to 1898’s Alaskan Gold Rush from 120 years ago. He longs for either the life he once had and the love he experienced – or obsesses for a new life that isn’t his own. It’s a book that makes each of us question our identity, heritage, and fate. Learn more: http://www.leematthewgoldberg.com/  Buy “The Ancestor” here. Twitter  Facebook  Instagram Help keep Mysterious Goings On, going on. Become a supporter! For just $1.99 a month, you can help keep MGO in production, bringing you the interviews, news, monologues, and more we have offered since 2016. Supporting is easy! Just visit our website homepage, scroll down to the section shown in the photo here, and use our secure Paypal links to contribute via Paypal or debit card. Buy Alex Greenwood's books on Amazon.com. Be sure to check out Alex's public relations show, PR After Hours, available wherever you get your podcasts, and on AnchorFM. Original theme music "Mysterious Goings On" by Jamie Green. Want your own cool score for your podcast or website? Contact Jamie at Greenhouse Consulting. Check out Jamie's interview on the show here. This episode of the Mysterious Goings On Podcast was recorded and mixed at Green Shebeen Studios in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2020, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting, or other use without written permission.
38:58
November 5, 2020
A Hot Halloween Treat
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Enjoy J. Alexander Greenwood's original short story,  A Debt of Fire...sure to warm the cockles of your cold Halloween heart. MUSIC: Dead by The Poets Ominous by Kevin MacLeod License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4162-ominous
22:33
October 31, 2020
A Halloween Treat
Enjoy J. Alexander Greenwood's original short story,  A Debt of Fire...sure to warm the cockles of your cold Halloween heart. MUSIC: Ominous by Kevin MacLeod License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4162-ominous
20:25
October 31, 2020
Chilling Stories for Halloween
It's time, kids! Join us for the Mysterious Goings On Halloween Special! This episode features dramatic readings, weird happenings, spooky stories...and more. Check it out, featuring spine-tingling contributions from: Jason McIntyre ... Mike...The Tipsy Ghost Podcast...Dave...Eden Baylee...Bonnie...Amanda Steel...Michelle Ross...Brian...and more! Sound FX from Zapsplat.com and Premonition by Naoya Sakamata | https://www.youtube.com/c/NaoyaSakamataPIANOmusicChannel Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License Music: Ominous by Kevin MacLeod License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4162-ominous Dark Hallway (clean) by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3607-dark-hallway-clean- Unseen Horrors by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4569-unseen-horrors Come Play with Me by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3526-come-play-with-me Greta Sting by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3827-greta-sting Unseen Horrors by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4569-unseen-horrors Stay The Course by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5048-stay-the-course Very Low Note by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4581-very-low-note Hush by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4986-hush Unease by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4562-unease Original theme music "Mysterious Goings On" by Jamie Green. Want your own cool score for your podcast or website? Contact Jamie at Greenhouse Consulting. Check out Jamie's interview on the show here. Help keep Mysterious Goings On, going on. Become a supporter! For just $1.99 a month, you can help keep MGO in production, bringing you the interviews, news, monologues, and more we have offered since 2016. Supporting is easy! Just visit our website homepage, scroll down to the section shown in the photo here, and use our secure Paypal links to contribute via Paypal or debit card. This episode of the Mysterious Goings On Podcast was recorded and mixed at Green Shebeen Studios in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2020, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting, or other use without written permission.
59:44
October 29, 2020
Exploring Horror Films and Fiction with Thom Carnell
As we creep warily into the spooky season (no, not. the election!) Alex explores horror films and writing with accomplished author, journalist, podcaster (and former funeral director), Thom Carnell.
44:35
October 22, 2020
Taking Shots at Dystopian Fiction with Lynette M. Burrows
Author Lynette M. Burrows is a survivor. She survived moving to seventeen different schools before she graduated from high school. She contends that this makes her uniquely qualified to write a dystopian novel or two. In this episode, Alex learns how Burrows started writing with the blessing and encouragement of one of the 20th century's greatest authors, Burrows's takes on dystopian world-building, and why she probably knows way more about being a sniper than you do. Complete show notes at MGOPod.com
48:20
September 24, 2020
Indie Writing Life with Amanda Steel
Amanda Steel is a multi-genre author based in Manchester, UK who exemplifies the determination, talent, and creativity of the independent writer. In this discussion, she shares about her work, her struggles as an indie, and more.
40:34
September 10, 2020
Season 6 Premiere
Welcome to Season 6 of Mysterious Goings On. Today, Alex updates us on what's coming up this season and has a special exclusive for John Pilate fans. Help keep Mysterious Goings On, going on. Become a supporter!  For just $1.99 a month, you can help keep MGO in production, bringing you the interviews, news, monologues, and more we have offered since 2016. Supporting is easy! Just visit MGOPod.com and use our secure Paypal links to contribute via Paypal or debit card.
30:27
September 3, 2020
Season 5 Finale with Special Guest Euro Satan
Alex talks about Season 5 highlights, what you can do to help keep MGO going, and what's in store for Season 6. We wind up the show with a special visit from Euro Satan, a misunderstood deity, political pundit, and aspiring comedy writer. Today he offers his take on Trump, the upcoming election, his plans for public education, and much more.
1:10:52
August 6, 2020
Bestselling Author Alessandra Torre on AI for Authors
Can artificial intelligence make your novel better--and even increase sales? Bestselling author Alessandra Torre thinks so. She is the president of Authors A.I., creators of Marlowe, an artificial intelligence that helps authors improve their novels and long-form fiction. SPECIAL OFFER for Mysterious Goings On listeners: SAVE 15% off a Marlowe report or plan! Visit https://authors.ai/plans/single-report/ and use coupon code MGO15 at checkout. Visit MGOPod.com for complete show notes.
1:13:25
July 30, 2020
In the Lockdown with Mickelson
Grammy-balloted singer, songwriter, and producer Mickelson returns to the show to discuss his new album, Drowning in An Inflatable Pool. He also gives us his unvarnished take on Trump and treats us to a live performance of the first single from the new album, which drops on August 15, 2020. Visit http://www.mickelsonmusic.com/.
45:08
July 23, 2020
On Writing and Juggling with Aldo Cernuto
Author Aldo Cernuto joins the show from his home in Italy to discuss his approach to writing, sharing why it is important for writers to keep their mouths shut (at times), and the way he clears his mind. We also discuss 'The Curse of Knowing,' Cernuto’s first novel in English, available on Amazon.com.
44:39
July 16, 2020
Taking The Creativity Leap with Dr. Natalie Nixon
Innovation is crucial to the competitive advantage and very survival of virtually every business.While most business leaders place a priority on generating innovative solutions and products, few invest in cultivating the foundation of innovation: creativity. On this episode, we welcome Natalie Nixon, Ph.D. Dr. Nixon is the author of "The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work."
29:03
July 9, 2020
Keep The Goings On Going On
Help keep Mysterious Goings On, going on. Become a supporter! Listen in to our request for your support. For just $1.99 a month, you can help keep MGO in production, bringing you the interviews, news, monologues, and more we have offered since 2016. This is the first time in our history we have asked for assistance for production costs, and I hope you will chip in--it's less than the costs of a latte every month. Please consider helping us out, as we certainly can use your help to keep the show going.
08:48
July 7, 2020
Character-Driven Thrillers with Burt Weissbourd
The character-driven thriller is the hallmark for former Hollywood producer turned-author Burt Weissbourd. In this conversation, he shares his take on character-driven thrillers, meeting and working with the legendary creator of Lew Archer, Ross MacDonald, along with plenty of anecdotes about his Hollywood days.
36:45
July 2, 2020
Teaching Creativity to Everyone with Nir Bashan
If you’re a regular listener to the show, you know that examining creativity—from where it springs, the ways it is applied to writing and other artistic endeavors, is a topic of fascination. We have interviewed dozens of people who you would naturally assume are creative. But what about everyone else? Can creativity be taught? Can it be instilled in corporate culture We’re going to find out on today’s how as we welcome Nir Bashan, a world-renowned creativity expert.
31:14
June 25, 2020
Sex and Murder with Adriana Gavazzoni
Brazilian writer Adriana Gavazzoni is a corporate lawyer by day and an award-winning erotic thriller novelist by night. In this conversation, Adriana discusses why she writes, how her day job informs her stories, and how some readers confuse her for her erotic (and often murderous) characters. Vist Adriana's website: http://www.agavazzoni.com/. Twitter: a_gavazzoni.
38:27
June 18, 2020
The Gun to Our Heads
In this special bonus episode, Alex shares a deeply personal story that explains his feelings about the death of George Floyd and the state of policing in America.  Buy Alex's books on Amazon.com. Visit Mgopod.com for detailed show notes, autographed book ordering, and more.
21:07
June 15, 2020
What the World Needs Now with Robert Lee Hill
What does the world need now? We ask author, minister, social advocate and poet Robert Lee Hill, author of All You Need is MORE Love (2019 Caroline Street Press), a poignant, exuberant, and vital collection of essays, poems, and letters. Hill talks about his life in the ministry, his candid take on Trump, race relations, and how he approaches the blank page as an author and poet. Listen in for this special conversation that offers insight, hope--and dare we say it? Love.
51:01
June 11, 2020
Burying the Lost Routine
Is it fruitless to cling to a routine during the pandemic? Read Alex's essay on Medium. Listen on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. Get the show notes and more at MGOPod.com.
10:03
May 20, 2020
Your Next Meal
Amidst the confusion, tragedy, and anxiety of the pandemic is a primal question: how will I get my next meal? We are joined by foodservice product designer and industry expert Brian Hutton to discuss the ways restaurants, manufacturers and you, the consumer, will access food and restaurants in the coming months and years.
49:16
April 19, 2020
A Conversation with Scottish Thriller Author Douglas Skelton
Alex interviews acclaimed Scottish thriller writer Douglas Skelton, a crime writer steeped in the real stories of Scotland, where he once worked for the law and as a newspaper editor. That gritty experience of life's underside is distilled in his work. You don't want to miss this discussion that also touches on why Skelton doesn't care for the "Tartan Noir" label, his take on the state of journalism, and why he decided to create a female protagonist for his latest series.
54:29
April 8, 2020
ZoofTrek 3: The Search for a Decent Film
Longtime friend of the show Mike from Racine returns to talk Trek--this time, the guys cuss and discuss the Next Generation feature films, aka The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
52:37
March 29, 2020
This Viral Moment
The Covid-19 virus has turned the world upside down. In this episode, Alex details what he is doing to stay safe, stay sane, and stay human.
39:24
March 14, 2020
The Devil's in the Democratic Details
The Devil's in the details for political pundit Euro Satan, a misunderstood deity and aspiring comedy writer. On the show, he offers his tale on the Democratic presidential primaries and much more.
17:11
February 26, 2020
An Accountant Goes to Pot
When some think of creativity in accounting, they may think of the old "cooking the books" cliche. In this episode, Alex speaks with Mike Hulsey, an accountant who has spent most of his career working with creative people, particularly since last year, when he started working with marijuana dispensaries. Hear the story of this self-styled "conservative in Vans" who has become Oklahoma's "Cannabis Accountant."
44:54
February 20, 2020
Mike Brown on Creativity and the Solace of Cigar Box Guitars
Author and strategist Mike Brown, founder of the Brainzooming Group joins Alex to discuss his thoughts on creativity from the corporate setting to the mystery novel. Mike and Alex talk about those concepts, as well as the importance of The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, cooking without a recipe, and jamming on a cigar box guitar. His latest book, Idea Magnets, helps dynamic leaders to cultivate extreme creativity and innovative success throughout organizations. Learn more about Mike at Brainzooming.com.
43:30
February 13, 2020
Coworking with Bob Martin
Alex sits down with marketing consultant and coworking entrepreneur Bob Martin, discussing his creative approaches to clients in the world of the arts, sports, broadcasting, and more. From Radio Disney to creating communities, Bob has tales to tell and good tips for anyone interested in building their brand.
53:13
February 6, 2020
Set the Controls for A Killer Debut Novel
This week, we want you to set the controls for something a little different…we’re talking with Gary Lippman, a playwright and author who, like one notable filmmaker, has entertainingly mined a rich vein of tragic pop culture in his debut novel, Set the Controls for the Heart of Sharon Tate. Learn more about Gary and order his book at http://www.garylippmanofficial.com/.
41:22
January 30, 2020
The Sum of Nine and Ten in Pop Culture
Part two of Alex's conversation with author Jason McIntyre! They dig into more takes on the stuff that caught their eyes in 2019, including Star Trek, a host of Stephen King titles, The Mandalorian, and more. They also discuss the perhaps cynical nature of some fans' criticism of entertainment.
33:18
January 23, 2020
Hey Nineteen: What Caught Our Eye in 2019
Author Jason McIntyre and Alex share their takes on the most prominent pop culture phenoms, movies, books and more from 2019.
46:54
January 16, 2020
More in Store for 2020!
Last season was a hoot...but we have more in store for 2020!
10:42
January 9, 2020
Of Pirates and Patreon
Should authors consider using Patreon? Michelle Stinson Ross returns to the show to talk about her foray into the world of sponsored, serialized fiction. Michelle also discusses her approach to creativity, and why historically-accurate fiction doesn't have to be a confining in storytelling. Tune in, mateys!
39:02
December 12, 2019
The Knife in My Back
Nothing good happens after midnight when the long knives are out. Alex explores the horror of suffering in uncertainty after he finds a knife in his back.
54:35
November 29, 2019
Eerie Parallels in the Origins of John Pilate
We wrap-up our interview with Alex Greenwood about the origins of the John Pilate Mysteries. Today, guest interviewer Brian Hutton probes about Greenwood's actual involvement and brushes with a modern-day tragedy at the small college that eerily parallels the events that inspired the John Pilate Mysteries. Greenwood also discusses his creative process, how he chooses locales for stories, what he regrets about John Pilate's name, and shares hints of what's next in the series.
58:26
October 24, 2019
The Tragic, True-Life Origins of the John Pilate Mysteries
The John Pilate Mysteries now spans a decade with seven books, including the latest title, Pilate's Shadow. However, many readers are unaware the series is based on a tragic true story of murder in a small Midwestern town. Today, the tables are turned on MGO host and John Pilate creator Alex Greenwood, as guest host (and former guest!) Brian Hutton interviews Greenwood about that tragic truth, and how Greenwood turned it into a vibrant, critically-acclaimed mystery thriller series.
53:32
October 17, 2019
Weird, Scary and Funny with Mark Groves
The perils of publishing, the rites of radio, and the weirdness of working with words are just a few of the subjects we cover when we welcome author, radio pro, podcaster, and paranormal fan Mark Groves to the show. Mark and Alex discuss their love of Halloween, writing, and Mark's real-life haunt investigations. Mark also chats about spook lights, fav books, how he's connected professionally to Sonic Drive-Ins and even the Amazing Kreskin. This is a must-listen for Halloween and horror fans!
1:18:46
October 10, 2019
The New John Pilate Mystery
What's that behind you? Is it the title of the new John Pilate Mystery?
18:15
October 3, 2019
Mid-Season Break Update
Alex updates you on what's next...including a pretty epic October!
09:43
September 12, 2019
Jamming with Jamie Green
Public policy consultant by day, lead guitarist by night Jamie Green joins Alex to talk about how playing lead guitar in a popular 90s cover band keeps him on track. Jamie covers how his "day job" helps shape the quality of life of our community, what he gets from jamming and his thoughts on musical "genius". Turn it up to 11 and listen in!
41:15
September 5, 2019
The Restaurant's Invisible Man
When it comes to restaurants, Brian Hutton is something of an invisible man, and he likes it that way. As a food service product designer, Hutton helps create many of the kitchen tools and plating options that enhance your dining experience--and in a way, he hopes you don't even notice.  Join us as Hutton talks about his creative process, how life in the army informed his creativity, and that one big idea that got away.
57:47
August 29, 2019
The Singular Vision of Duane Hallock
This week, Alex talks with photographer Duane Hallock, who views photography as an opportunity to capture the beauty hidden in plain sight. Duane's captivating photos are a favorite of people in Kansas City and beyond, and his story of overcoming adversity to see things previously unseen will surprise and delight you.
28:50
August 22, 2019
John Pilate 10th Anniversary Announcement
Edited audio from Alex's recent Facebook Live session, where he announced the John Pilate Mysteries 10th Anniversary edition.
08:52
August 20, 2019
Sneak Peek at Our Alexa Updates
Here's the latest Alexa Flash Briefing in case you don't have Alexa. We are gearing up to do a 5-day-a-week flash briefing (up to 2 minutes of free, exclusive content) on Alexa every week....so sign up if you have an Alexa device snooping on you at home! Click here to get the Alexa Mysterious Goings On skill for your Alexa app!
04:59
August 16, 2019
Backstage with Actor Scott Bartley
Award-winning actor, director and community theatre leader Scott Bartley joins Alex to discuss his career and the ways he constantly challenges himself to improve his craft and offer audiences something new. Scott shares tales of his time as an actor in L.A., his take on what people don't understand about community theatre, and why after more than 30 years he's still trodding the boards.
35:24
August 15, 2019
A Flash Briefing About Flash Briefings
Just a quick flash briefing about flash briefings, as well as an update about the People's Choice Podcast Awards. Click here to get the Alexa Mysterious Goings On skill for your Alexa app!
04:01
August 11, 2019
Food, Drink and Storytelling with Pete Dulin
Alex is joined by noted writer, chef, and occasional critic Pete Dulin. They discuss Pete's intriguing marrying of his love of food into his writing, and his years of coverage of the Kansas City craft brewing, distilling, and wine scene. Pete even admits to a guilty pleasure or two when he's hungry while on the move. Don't miss it!
48:11
August 8, 2019
Broadcaster Mary McKenna is on the Air with Alex
We're thrilled to kick off season 4 with a spirited discussion with legendary broadcaster and voiceover artist Mary McKenna! Mary discusses her life in radio, including terrestrial, satellite, internet and more. She also shares her thoughts on the radio industry in the age of #MeTo and the future of broadcasting. You'll also find out why she initially couldn't stand Alex and what makes her skin crawl. Don't miss it!
30:05
August 1, 2019
Coming August 1, 2019: Season 4 of MGO
Coming August 1, 2019: Season 4 of MGO! Join writer Alex Greenwood on the award-nominated Mysterious Goings On show as he explores the mystery of everyday creativity, with several new guests!
03:46
July 24, 2019
I Need Your Vote!
URGENT! I need your help, listeners! Mysterious Goings On is up for a podcast award--and I need YOUR help! Vote for Mysterious Goings On (NOT "Mysterious Circumstances" please!) in the Peoples Choice and Arts categories. Here's How: Visit https://www.podcastawards.com/ Please don't wait! Deadline is July 21, 2019
05:28
July 15, 2019
On Losing It
Alex explores what happened when he learned a fundamental part of himself may be taken away, and how he handled it.
17:42
May 26, 2019
Is Your Race Against Other Writers or Yourself?
Is writing a competitive sport? Alex discusses this in the context of his recent half-marathon attempt.
16:05
April 17, 2019
Three Writers Walk Into A Pod
Alex is joined by acclaimed authors Eden Baylee and Jason McIntyre. In this freewheeling conversation, the trio discusses writing, indie publishing and more. Listen for their takes on their own foibles as well as things they wish readers knew about the entire writing process.
30:19
March 29, 2019
A Bloody Good Book Cover!
Alex shares info about the spooky new cover for Book 4 in his mystery series, Pilate's Blood.
10:51
March 15, 2019
A Spooky New Book Cover
Alex shares info about the spooky new cover for Book 3 and Book 5 in his mystery series, Pilate's Ghost and Pilate's 7. Designer Jason McIntyre is in the process of reimagining all the covers in the series, and we share the news here, as well as some exciting projects coming up later this year as we celebrate TEN YEARS of JOHN PILATE.
10:22
March 3, 2019
A Cheeky New Book Cover
Alex shares info about the cheeky new cover for Book 2 in his mystery series, Pilate's Key.  Jason McIntyre is in the process of reimagining all the covers in the series, and we share the news here, as well as some exciting projects coming up later this year as we celebrate TEN YEARS of JOHN PILATE.
18:05
March 1, 2019
Chapter 35: The Eulogist
Alex covers some tips about writing and presenting a eulogy that speaks well of the dead...and yourself.
29:16
February 1, 2019
Chapter 34: Ho Ho Hello
Author Jason McIntyre returns to do a "Year in Review" with Alex. Enjoy and Happy Holidays...see you in 2019!
2:35:09
December 21, 2018
Chapter 33: Trevathan Rides Again!
Learn about Alex's latest book (which is actually his late Grandfather's) Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West. He shares the journey of this forgotten, 25-year-old unpublished novel from a dusty box to your Kindle. Speaking of lengthy waits, Alex updates you on the next John Pilate Mysteries project. Of course, it's Halloween, and Alex has some fun spooky podcasts he recommends you check out, including: Astonishing Legends, The Halloween Haunt, Halloween Unmasked, The Retroist and Hauntcast.
1:08:06
October 18, 2018
Chapter 32: Writing, Editing and Prison
Alex returns with a lively and often poignant discussion with editor and writer Robert Hayes, Jr., author of Stay Out of Prison: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Incarceration. Robert tells writers what they need to know about working with editors and the significance of a sketchy toilet. Robert has also spent time in some of Colorado's finest Graybar Hotels for bank robbery. He tells Alex why you should never use a gun in a robbery and most importantly how and what he is doing to stay out of prison.
1:49:41
July 6, 2018
Chapter 31: Rumors Of My Death...
Alex is back, updating you on the mundane details of his health along with news of the latest John Pilate Mystery, Pilate's Rose. He also breaks news about his collaboration with the late author Robert E. Trevathan and a very special premium for John Pilate fans!
25:45
April 9, 2018
Chapter 30: Unwed Debuts
Our friend Jason McIntyre returns to talk about his new novel, Unwed. Pre-order this fantastic addition to the Dovetail Cove saga before Oct. 27 to enjoy a great discount off the retail price!
37:23
October 23, 2017
Chapter 29: Key West Survives...
In this episode, we discuss the awesome power of mother nature and its destruction in Texas, the Caribbean, and Florida, specifically Key West. Key West is a setting for much of the John Pilate Mystery Series, and Alex reads a few pages about this unusual, interesting and even macabre little gem that is the quirky home of the southernmost point of the United States. Please donate to the American Red Cross to help the people affected by this massively destructive storm.
39:01
September 12, 2017
Chapter 28: Mickelson's Wondrous Life
Alex interviews Grammy-balloted singer/songwriter Mickelson about his creative process, his take on the music business and also treats us to a track from Mickelson's new album, A Wondrous Life, coming Fall 2017.
41:13
August 7, 2017
Chapter 27: And We're Back ... #TryPod
Alex begs your pardon, shares a few words from the upcoming new book and begs shamelessly. Like this show? Please share it on social media with the hashtag 'trypod" like this: #TryPod Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! BUY the BOOKS HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Pilates-Stories-Pilate-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/0996522948/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490997011&sr=8-1&keywords=J.+Alexander+Greenwood Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage for more about the John Pilate Mystery Series at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech. Copyright 2017 by J. Alexander Greenwood. All rights reserved. No duplication, excerpting or rebroadcast without written permission. 
21:47
March 31, 2017
Chapter 26: Thanksgiving Mackin' About The Walking Dead, Writing, Trump and More
Alex gives thanks with a Thanksgiving bonanza of a show! He welcomes back acclaimed bestselling author Jason McIntyre to the show! The guys talk about (and provide tips for) the writing life, audiobooks, book cover creation by Jason, The Walking Dead and more! Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards. His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest installment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga. Learn more about Jason at his mothership: http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.   ENTER TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF Alex's award-winning novel Pilate's Ghost!   Here's how: 1. Go to Amazon.com (click here or search "J. Alexander Greenwood") 2. Select a book written by Alex. 3. Leave a starred review. 4. Screenshot the review (must be 3 stars or better)--this book review has to be new--reviews posted prior to the release of this episode are not eligible.  5. Email the screenshot to Team(at)Alexgpr.com with the subject line "My Amazon Review" along with your name, mailing address and how you would like Alex to inscribe your copy. 6. The FIRST listener to do this will get the autographed copy. That's it!   Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage for more about the John Pilate Mystery Series at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech. Any additional music stings by Incompetech.  Copyright 2016 J. Alexander Greenwood. All rights reserved.
1:14:32
November 23, 2016
Chapter 25: A Halloween Treat
It's nearly Halloween! In that spirit, Alex reads his acclaimed suspense short story Obsidian. Catch a disturbing glimpse of the night with this multiple award-winning short story in the tradition of The Twilight Zone. A man awakens in a secluded cabin to find he's being watched by a shape with obsidian eyes. Who or what is watching him, and why?  This story is the winner of the Shelf Unbound/Wattpad 2011 Short Fiction Award and the April 2010 WritingRoom Award.   Note: There were some odd occurrences when recording this episode--gremlins? So you may need to adjust your device in a few places during playback. Thank you. Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage for more about the John Pilate Mystery Series at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech. Additional music stings by Incompetech.  Copyright 2016 J. Alexander Greenwood. All rights reserved.  
26:25
October 25, 2016
Chapter 24: Take a Self-E
Alex talks about getting your indie ebook into the hot little hands of your local librarian. Here's the link to the Self-E Program he discusses: http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/ And here's a link to the Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition (tell them J. Alexander Greenwood sent ya!): http://www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html We beg your pardon for the "lacking" sound quality of this episode, as it was recorded outside in the wind on a sunny day. Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage for more about the John Pilate Mystery Series at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.   Copyright 2016 J. Alexander Greenwood. All rights reserved.
18:22
September 21, 2016
Chapter 23: Star Trek II: The Guys Drone On
In our last Star Trek-related show (at least for a while...) Mysterious Goings On fan and consumer of great fiction Mike Z of Racine warps back over for a discussion about the Star Trek movies, including the legendarily bad Star Trek V and the incredibly good Star Trek VI.  Follow Mike on Twitter! @Zoofster Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.
33:03
September 5, 2016
Chapter 22: Trekkin' with @Zoofster
Mysterious Goings On fan and consumer of great fiction Mike Z of Racine beams in for a discussion about the Star Trek movies that is sure to inflame, cause your head to nod or put you to sleep! Check it out, even if you're a casual Trekker, you might grok some Spockage. Follow Mike on Twitter! @Zoofster Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.  
35:00
August 30, 2016
Chapter 21: Why Revise?
All hands on deck for part two of our discussion with author Michelle Stinson Ross! Michelle and Alex talk about the revised edition of her book Revenge of the Siren Song, as well as mistakes and discoveries she (and Alex) made in their respective writing and publishing processes.  Visit Michelle's site: http://www.michellestinsonross.com Buy her book!: https://amzn.com/B01JD7IUPW Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.  
30:34
August 23, 2016
Chapter 20: Adventure on the High Seas with Michelle Stinson Ross
Alex chats with author Michelle Stinson Ross about the revised edition of her book Revenge of the Siren Song. Michelle talks about the extensive research she puts into her work and more. You won't want to miss this one! Visit Michelle's site: http://www.michellestinsonross.com Buy her book!: https://amzn.com/B01JD7IUPW Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community onFacebook!https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.      
29:39
August 16, 2016
Chapter 19: Where No Fan Has Gone Before
Alex breaks his promise and sees Star Trek: Beyond -- and tells you what he thinks of the latest bit of space junk (?) from JJ Abrams. Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community onFacebook!https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.    
14:43
August 9, 2016
Chapter 18: Shock That Monkey
Alex talks about inspiration he drew from attending a Sting/Peter Gabriel concert recently. Specifically, he discusses ways that getting our "monkey" shocked (as Peter Gabriel's hit "Shock the Monkey" illustrates) in real life can be dangerous, but perhaps it can be useful in your writing. Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community onFacebook!https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.      
14:54
July 30, 2016
Chapter 17: I Quit.
Alex quits his novel.   Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.    b3aqu42n  
09:37
June 11, 2016
Chapter 16: Gods and Rain
Alex muses about why his new novel is a tough slog. He also waves his fist at the neighbors. Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.  
21:39
May 22, 2016
Chapter 15: A Death in the Family
Alex discusses why the loss of celebrities we've never met like David Bowie, Prince, Garry Shandling and even Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, can feel like a death in the family.  Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.  
14:02
April 22, 2016
Chapter 14: A Reading from "Night Walk Men" by Author Jason McIntyre
A favorite guest returns! Acclaimed author Jason McIntyre reads from his #1 Kindle Suspense novella THE NIGHT WALK MEN. It's creepy good. Jason and Alex also discuss the "world" of the MEN and some of his inspirations. Need more reasons to listen? Here's a good one: "I'm grateful that the emergence of ebooks has given new life to short fiction, and I'm happy that I discovered this author. Jason McIntyre has a wonderful way of painting worlds with words. Geez, it's like the guy is channeling Rod Serling while Ray Bradbury whispers in his ear." Jason is also author of the bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards. His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Learn more about Jason at his mothership:http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.   Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.
20:38
April 15, 2016
Chapter 13: Anyone for Boat Drinks?
  Are you as sick of the cold weather as Alex? Craving sun, sand, a refreshing cocktail with a shot of mystery? Then you need a Boat Drink. Perhaps the overall fan favorite character in the John Pilate Mysteries (besides John himself) is Taters Malley, captain of the fishing charter boat TenFortyEZ. In Boat Drinks, a short story from Pilate's 7, it's fun to see Taters in his own element--guiding the TenFortyEZ straight into mischief in the waters off Key West.  So, fix yourself a boat drink, put on your flip flops and get set to enjoy Alex's hammy reading of one of his favorite stories. If you enjoy this story and want more, you can pick up the Pilate's 7 ebook from all the usual suspects, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, andSmashwords.  Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.   P.S. Keep reading.
19:34
April 9, 2016
Chapter 12: Fired Up for Horror
Alex thinks all this cheery spring weather deserves some gloom. Therefore, a reading from the horror short story "A Debt of Fire" is our big feature this week. Amazon link: http://amzn.com/B00EEIXBJ6  Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.    
22:38
April 2, 2016
Chapter 11: Weeding Out Ideas
Alex talks about mowing the grass as a means of generating ideas for his fiction. Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.    
09:00
March 26, 2016
Chapter 10: Series Business with Jason McIntyre
Alex talks with acclaimed author Jason McIntyre about the unique concept of Jason's ten-book Dovetail Cove series, reading books "out of order," and more. The pair also compare and contrast the style of the Dovetail Cove Series with Alex's John Pilate Mystery Series. Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards. His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Learn more about Jason at his mothership:http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.   Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.     Intro/outro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.
33:28
March 17, 2016
Chapter 9: I Hate Book Signings
Alex talks about why he hates doing book signings. (Yes, smart guy, it's mostly because nobody shows up.) However, he also offers some tips on ways to make your book launch more successful with the huddled masses yearning to read. Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood. Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.  
13:08
March 10, 2016
Chapter 8: The Keys Go Viral
Alex has the stomach virus, so you get the Key! Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast! http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/ Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991 Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/ Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter: @A_Greenwood   Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.
21:24
March 4, 2016
Chapter 7: What's In A Name? Let's Review.
Alex reveals the origin story for his (somewhat pretentious) pen name and explains why reader reviews--particularly on Amazon--are crucial to an author's success. Alex quotes a bit from an excellent post by author Sandra Smith about doing reviews. You can find it here.  Also, click here for a piece Alex wrote, complete with a video to show YOU how to review!  By the way, thank you for downloading this show--we are honored to be listed as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast on iTunes! NOTE: We had a little trouble with our mic, and hope that you will look past the slightly diminished audio quality of this particular episode. Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter: @A_Greenwood   Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.  
11:17
February 25, 2016
Chapter 6: A Chat with Jason McIntyre
Alex talks with acclaimed author Jason McIntyre about a variety of subjects, including his take on Stephen King, authors he reads, the effect of bad reviews, his writing process and more.  Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest:  ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards. His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest instalment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga.   Learn more about Jason at his mothership: http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.   Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.  
32:29
February 18, 2016
Chapter 5: Creator of Worlds with Author Jason McIntyre
Alex talks with acclaimed Canadian author Jason McIntyre about writing a series, creating a universe of characters and his 10-part Dovetail Cove series, published by Booktrope. The pair also discuss the weather as character in their work. Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards. His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest instalment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga.   Learn more about Jason at his mothership: http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.   Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.  
20:57
February 13, 2016
Chapter Four: Real Life is Not Disneyworld
Alex talks about the hazards of writing as if real life is like Disneyworld (it isn't). He also discusses why he is not a "nice person (and you shouldn't be, either)."   Be sure to visit the main webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.
09:30
February 8, 2016
Chapter Three: A Reading from "Badge"
Have time for a short story? If so... A fan favorite character in the John Pilate Mysteries is Sheriff Morgan Scovill, and in Pilate's 7 it was a joy to bring him back in a sort of prequel to the first book in the series, Pilate's Cross. In the short story Badge, we get a look at the swirling elements surrounding Scovill before John Pilate steps foot into Cross Township. I hope my reading does the story--and Morgan Scovill--justice. Because he is all about justice...the Cross kind. If you enjoy this reading, you can pick up the ebook from all the usual suspects, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords. Thank you for listening. Be sure to visit the main webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.
28:46
February 1, 2016
Chapter Two: On Writing About Guns
As a writer of thrillers and murder mysteries, Alex is increasingly hesitant about using gun violence in my stories. The savage, senseless massacres (which the rest of the civilized world cannot understand)--Sandy Hook, in particular--and "accidents" that take place daily in America have reinforced his views on guns.  He also asks the question: Is violence a "crutch" that writers use too often? Be sure to visit the main webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook! Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.
07:47
February 1, 2016
Chapter One: Welcome and a Reading from "Pilate's Cross"
Every week on Mysterious Goings On, author J. Alexander Greenwood talks about writing mystery, thriller, suspense, horror and other genre fiction. Join Alex for plenty of writing-related topics, as well as interviews, guests and some stuff that has nothing to do with anything.  This week, a brief introduction of Alex and a few words about the show, capped by an author reading from the award-nominated mystery thriller, Pilate's Cross. Want to learn more? Check out the Clues Blog at Mysterious Goings On. Be sure to join the fan community on Facebook for more cool stuff! Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech. Thanks for listening...see you next time.
21:07
January 31, 2016