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Blogs, News and Interviews

River Reporter -- Sam Teagarden's Back in "Madness of the Q"



Read a bit about how a Great Courses lecture and my background in the news industry inspired my latest thriller "Madness of the Q."  

KSFR Radio with Tom Trowbridge, Santa Fe, NM



Enjoyed chatting with Tom Trowbridge, KSFR News Director and native New Yorker. 

Authors on the Air Podcast

Authors on the Air with Terry Shepherd

Put Dan Brown and Ian Fleming into a blender and you have "The Madness of Q," the latest thriller from author and former broadcaster Gray Basnight. We discuss Gray's meticulous research, the genesis of his protagonist and how a former broadcaster made the transition to a full-time author.

Catskill Character, WJFF Radio, Jeffersonville, NY



Donna Fellenberg is a gem of an interviewer -- she makes everyone sound great.  We talked about "Madness of the Q" and the power of words.

"The Haunts of Favorite Writers" - Down & Out Books Newsletter


     Travel and writing go together. So does travel and reading.

     As a writer, I've traveled to do research on manuscripts in progress, and to discover new things, places and people that I may someday write about.

     As a reader, I've been a pilgrim to the haunts of writers whose words I cherish. For me, language, writing, and books are the finest gifts we've bestowed upon ourselves as humans. The first type of writerly travel is work. The second is fun.  

"My Favorite Crime Movie" - MWA New York Chapter


     As a 14-year-old in 1967, my principal reason for living was marathon listening to Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour. Distraction arrived at the end of the year in the form of a movie that immediately earned lifelong status as my favorite crime flick. From the standard list of film genres, it also rates near the top of my favorite drama and horror films.

     The accolades do not stop there. It was based on a book that is one of the best and scariest crime novels ever penned.

     I am talking about Truman Capote's literary masterpiece In Cold Blood, and the black-and-white cinematic tour de force of the same name written for the screen and directed by Richard Brooks. It's rare that both book and film work so magnificently. It happens here largely because both are honest, in depth studies of two soulless men stalking a twisted version of the American dream.