Q & A — Gerald W. Darnell

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Please welcome the author of the Carson Reno Mystery Series—Gerald Darnell!


Dad17So, what have you written?

13 books in the Carson Reno Mystery Series, 2 non-fiction books and 1 book in a new series with character ‘Jack Sloan’ – titled ‘Concrete Jungle’.  Also, numerous short stories over the years and many articles for several outdoor magazines.

Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included) Most everywhere.  I also have an online bookstore for most bookshttp://www.lulu.com/spotlight/geralddarnelland all are sold on Amazon and can also be ordered direct through my website. http://www.geraldwdarnell.com

What are you working on at the minute?

Two books, another Carson Reno Mystery Series book and a sequel to ‘Concrete Jungle’.

What genre are your books?


How much research do you do? 

All my books use real locations, but in a different time.  I do location research, and some character identification.  However, most of my books are fiction – so time and place are the only real things about the stories.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Collected notes for 20 years to write my first book – ‘Don’t Wake Me Until It’s Time To Go’.  Retired, and decided one day that ifconcretejungle812 it was going to happen, it needed to happen – so I wrote it – a non-fiction book.  Then, after publication, I was encouraged to do a story about a fiction character from the early 1960’s and Carson Reno was born.

Do you write full-time or part-time? 


Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? 


Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?  

Occasionally from an outline, but mostly where the idea takes me.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Being away from the book for several days.  That requires going back and reading what has been written up to that point.

Do you ever get writer’s Block? 

Absolutely, I think we all do.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?

Written by author Gerald W. Darnell, the Carson Reno Mystery Series currently contains 13 adventures.  The main character, Carson Reno, is a private detective with an office located in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.  The setting is the early 1960’s, and while the many adventures take Carson around the country, most of the stories are centered in West Tennessee and the Southern United States.

Carson is a tough, hard drinking and womanizing private detective – but the author blends humor and character involvement to make the stories an easy read for all ages.  Many of the characters continue through each book, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy them in any particular order; each is standalone in story and content.  Real geography is mixed with real time events, reflecting the dangerous and turbulent times of our country in the 1960’s.  Books are lightly illustrated with real pictures (when available), and they are all rated PG-13 – minimizing language and graphic violence.

Most books are offered in both hard and soft cover, and e-books of all adventures are available in Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook formats.  Five books have already been created as audio books – these can be found on Audible.com, Amazon.com and iTunes.  Additional books are currently in audio production.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll Carson Reno Mystery Series books can be purchased on Amazon.com, Lulu.com, Authorsden.com, selected bookstores/gift shops and through the author’s websites –

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Never read ebooks.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? 

I have proofreaders edit and read all my books.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? 


What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? 

I have done both.  Self-publishing has the advantage of allowing the author to do things his way – not being controlled by a publisher who might have differing ideas.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?  

Unfortunately it is necessary – everybody does it.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

All my books have trailers, which I produce.  They are a definite PLUS.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
Concrete Jungle http://youtu.be/r11-UyCJANs

Reelfoot http://youtu.be/COcjr8Vjgpw


Do you think that giving books away free works and why?  

Yes, and it is necessary.

What is your favourite quote?

Quote from Carson Reno Mystery Series.  “Life is Cheap – Make Sure You Buy Enough”

What is your favourite film and why?

The Big Sleep  (and if you have to ask why, then you’ve never seen the movie)


You can find Gerald in any one of these fine places on the internet!




Amazon Author Page:


Book Links: http://carsonreno.wix.com/reelfoot


3 thoughts on “Q & A — Gerald W. Darnell

  1. I really enjoyed your “silent interview”. You forgot to tell me that you were writing another Jack Sloan follow up mystery, or maybe I forgot. Would love to know the plot…not enough hours in the day!!

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