Meet Johnny Casino
by Gayle Bartos-Pool
I use the premise that everybody has a past throughout the first book. Each short story delves into someone’s life, starting with the first case that pits Johnny against somebody from his Mob past. But as each case unfolds, more of Johnny’s life is told. One story told in flashback explains why he wanted to escape his early Mob life. Another has Johnny working with a bunch of aging actors from the silver screen. Another story introduces him to the woman who ends up changing his life, this time for the better.
I decided to write the Casebook series in short story format because Johnny’s "voice" lends itself to that style. He grew up watching tough Noir movies on an old 13 inch black and white television and he picked up that attitude. He tells his tales in first person, so the reader gets an up-close and personal view of his life, just like the old-time detective novels.
Since the stories are linked by one main character and several returning characters, I consider the series like a TV show where the hero grows season after season. I do leave a question at the end of the first book to be answered by the second book which comes out next year. And there is a major cliffhanger at the end of Book Two called Finding Johnny Nobody that is answered in the third book, Just Shoot Me. The reader gets a complete view of his life as well as meeting lots of interesting characters, just like in a novel, but they get to read more than twenty stories in the process. I really like this format and I hope the readers do, too.
A former private detective and a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool has one published book, Media Justice, and several short stories in anthologies, LAndmarked for Murder, Little Sisters Volume 1, and Dying in a Winter Wonderland. She is the former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She also teaches writing classes: "Anatomy of a Short Story," "How To Write Convincing Dialogue" and "Writing an Opening Line" in sunny Southern California.
The Johnny Casino Casebook 1 – Past Imperfect is available on Amazon. You can also read about Johnny on my website: www.gbpool.com.
Thanks, Sheila, for inviting me to your blog. I have enjoyed discovering new writers here and also hearing about your concern for our little furry and feathery friends.
My husband and I currently have a house full of foundlings.
Sherlock and Foxtrot came from the Los Angeles pound. I saw Sherlock and wanted to take him home, but when we saw the other little guy jumping all over him, we realized they were brothers and took them both.
Candy came after a knock on the door. Some little girls in the neighborhood thought Candy was one of our dogs and they were returning her. She wasn’t ours, but when I was holding her and the girl’s mother said they would take her to the pound, I just couldn’t let her go. We tried finding her home by placing notices in the neighborhood and at the local pet food store, but nobody came for her, so she was added to our brood.
Our last foundling, Fred, was walking around in the backyard one day, helping himself to the birdseed I put out for birds and squirrels. He let me catch him and I keep him in a cage in my study. Fred is a parakeet. He helps me write.