Meet Paul MacDonald, Author of Smile Now, Cry Later
PM: I'm your average corporate hack working 50-hour work weeks in a skyscraper. I wouldn't say the job is fulfilling, though, and that's why I write. I live in Los Angeles and have always been a huge fan of the classic detective genre centered around this city. Those two things come together in the Chuck Restic Mystery Series.
PM: Many countless hours in a conference room with people blabbering on about nonsense! Those meetings pointlessly suck up a lot of hours but it does give you good time to come up with ideas. The book obviously is born out of my own frustrations with a corporate job. The original idea of the murder came from an article I read about one of Los Angeles' billionaire real estate developers.
BBB: Tell us about your main character, Chuck Restic.
PM: Chuck Restic is bored. He's had a long, successful career in Corporate America but he's missing any kind of value you might get from a lifetime of work. He finds an outlet when one of his colleagues goes missing and he begins to investigate on the side. He's not your typical "private detective". He is better at passive aggression than the old-fashioned violent kind! But he's equally effective at uncovering truths. And while trying to find this missing man -- and almost getting himself killed in the process -- he starts to feel alive again.
PM: The books are a series and I am working on #3, THE BIG CON. The second installment in the series -- THE ETERNAL SUMMER -- will be published in June.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
PM: You can follow me through my author page. Also, I like to post photos of locations used in the book on my Pinterest site.