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Author Feature: Alan Losure

Author Feature: Alan Losure

Historical Murder Mystery

“Do your research, then press ahead. You can do this!” ~ Alan E. Losure


In this episode, we meet historical murder mystery author Alan Losure:

(00:00): Intro

(00:26): Unleashing the Past: A Conversation with Alan Losure, Master of Historical Fiction Murder-Mystery Novels

(01:01): Exploring the Quest for Self-Discovery

(01:03): Exploring the World of Literary Genres: From Reading to Writing

(01:05): Exploring Grant County's Fascinating History and Intriguing Characters

(01:13): Unleashing Creativity: A Journey Through Multiple Book Projects

(01:14): The Remarkable Achievement of Writing Sixteen Books in Six Years

(01:16): Discover the Author's Latest Book!

(01:18): Revenge Unleashed: The Haunting Tale of Nikolai Kaminski

(02:03): Insights and Inspiration: Unveiling the meaningful message behind our books

(02:06): The Value of Nostalgia: Embracing the Past in the Modern World

(02:08): Mastering the Art of Overcoming Writer's Block

(02:10): The Love-Hate Relationship with Editing

(02:12): Exploring Inspiring Words: Unveiling the Favorite Quotes of Our Podcast Hosts

(02:13): Unpleasant Surprises: The Dangers of Consuming Yellow Snow

(02:16): Dream Destinations for Book Signings: From Paris to Tokyo and Beyond

(02:19): Exploring Gas City: A Glimpse into Life in 1893

(02:21): Publishing Insider Secrets: One Crucial Lesson Authors Should Learn Before Releasing Their Books

(02:24): Navigating the Scams: Unveiling the Dark Side of the Publishing World

(02:27): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Essential Advice for Aspiring Writers

(02:29): Empowering Yourself Through Research and Action

(02:32): The Joys of Being an Author: Discovering Passion in the Written Word

(02:35): Engaging with Fans: Celebrating the Impact of My Books

(02:37): Author's Challenges: Unveiling the Downsides of the Writing Profession

(02:40): Unveiling the Dark Side: Inside the World of Book Peddling

(02:41): The Secrets to Selling Books Successfully

(02:43): The Power of Public Recognition: Celebrating Success and Inspiring Others

(02:44): Locating Our Podcast Host

(02:46): The Adventures of a Fan-Favorite: Alan Lows' Unconventional Fan Encounters

(02:51): From Writing Journey to Murder Mysteries: Discover Alan Losure's Historical Fiction

(03:24): Outro


Welcome to Bookends, a podcast about the books, chapters, and pages of our lives and the writers behind the stories we love. Today, we will get to know historical murder mystery author Alan Losure. If you want to get in on the fun by doing an author interview, answer the questions you can find at Now, on with the show!

Welcome back, bookworms! 

I'm your host, WriterKat. Today, I am doing a Q&A with Alan Losure. Alan is a retired civil service firefighter who lives happily with his wife, Susan, in the same small town as me, Gas City, Indiana. One day, while on a walk, Alan suddenly developed the urge to write historical fiction murder-mystery novels. To date, he has self-published 16 books. Alan finds the 1890s to be a fascinating time to write about in bringing the past alive to his readers.

Welcome to Bookends, Alan. What inspires you to write? 

Thanks. I’m still trying to figure that out. 

What is your favorite genre to read and write?

I like to read biographies and history. I like to write historical fiction and murder mysteries set in the old days of Grant County, Indiana. 

How many books have you written?

Sixteen books in six years.

What is the most recent book you have published? 

You Only Die Twice. It’s set in the year 1889 in Swayzee, Indiana, and is about a bakery owner named Nikolai Kaminski who appeared in Grant County Circuit Court on charges of murdering his wife and her accused lover. Before being sent off to the Indiana State Prison to serve his twenty-five years-to-life sentence, Kaminski vowed to seek revenge against all the members of his jury, the judge, and even his lawyer. Eighteen years later, the prisoner managed a successful escape in the dead of winter, and by spring, a rash of unconnected killings began taking place in the town of Marion. One by one, men from the community were systematically being slain at the hands of an unknown assailant.

What do you hope readers will take away from your books?

An appreciation of the past.

What is the most challenging part of writing?

Editing! I hate it. 

What is your favorite quote?

“Do not eat the yellow snow.”  

If you could do a book signing anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Gas City in the year 1893.

What is one thing you wish you had known before publishing your book?

That the publishing world is full of scammers. 

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Do your research, then press ahead. You can do this!

What is one thing you love about being an author?

Having someone come up to me and say, “I love your books.” 

What do you dislike about being an author?

Book peddling.

What has helped you sell the most books? 

Public recognition. 

Where can we find you? or on Amazon. I've also had fans call and stop by my house!

Thank you for sharing your writing journey with us, Alan Losure. And thank you, listeners, for tuning in. If you enjoy historical fiction and murder mystery books, check out Alan’s books!  

If you're an author with a book release on the horizon or want to participate in a Q&A interview,  visit for the author interview questions.

Alright, bookworms, that’s it for today. Visit for links to all my writerly projects and social media. Until next time, keep reading, keep writing, and remember that every story has the power to change lives!

That's a wrap for this episode of the Bookends Podcast. Thank you for listening! We hope you enjoyed getting to know Alan Losure. Please follow so you don't miss any future episodes. We'll be back soon with more great conversations about books and authors. In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy those special moments between the bookends of your life.

Until next time, happy reading!

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