From the Booking Desk:

So happy that folks seem to be enjoying this new feature here at BOLO Books. Today’s guest is James W. Ziskin, the author of the excellent Ellie Stone historical mystery series. You probably saw the BOLO Books review of Cast the First Stone, the most recent release in this popular series. Without further ado, let’s see what James is going to share with us. (Note: his answers may be short, but they are no less revealing)

Name: James W. Ziskin
Location: Seattle, WA

This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:

My father. Eighty-seven years old. Still sharp, still drives, still cares about people less fortunate than himself.

One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:

My editor, Dan Mayer. He’s discovered so much talent. His authors have five Edgar nominations in the past two years. Dan’s a true gentleman.

STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:

Harriet Vane. No, Phryne Fisher!

People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):


My personal catch phase is (or should be):

I’m 6’2″, I weigh 200 pounds, and I write like a girl.