Indie Author Spotlight: Lindsay R. Mohlere

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hello lovelies welcome to a new feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there.

Today Second installment and feature is Lindsay R. Mohlere author of The Grow 

Lindsay R. Mohlere

About The Author

Bio:  Lindsay R. Mohlere

Born in Spokane, Washington and raised in Montana, Idaho and Oregon, Lindsay R. Mohlere has been at various times a poet, a journalist, railroad gandy dancer and conductor, able bodied seaman, husband a few times, restaurant chef, house painter, advertising entrepreneur, boxing referee, photographer, fisherman and hunter.
His short stories have appeared in various magazines, including Gun Dog MagazineThe Upland AlmanacSportsmen’s News and Timber West.
He currently resides in Portland, Oregon - a city he considers nearly too weird.

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The Grow


He’s a short dude with a big idea – a skillful thief among thieves. And this time, Billy “Mouse” Morrison is plotting his greatest heist yet. The goods? A mother lode of Mexican cartel marijuana, planted deep within the hidden canyons of Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Days after briefing his crew, Mouse is brutally and mysteriously beaten to death. Now his associates are left wondering—but when you’re in the business of stealing from other thieves, the list of suspects becomes long and dangerous, and there’s no saying who had it in for Mouse.
When Mouse’s compadres Luzon Marino and Bob Creek decide to follow through on their own—now in uneasy alliance with fence Gus Steiner and his violent, sadistic boyfriend Omar—loyalties waver, emotions run hot, and the gang slips into the crosshairs of powerful adversaries.
A gritty, fast-paced tale ripped straight from the headlines, The Grow is a dark and suspenseful look at the perils of illegal outdoor marijuana grow operations and the lifestyles of 21st century career criminals.

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Author Interview:

1. Describe your book in ten words or less.

The Grow: A gritty tale of the perils of illegal pot operations.

2. What genre is your book?

Crime thriller.

    3.What draws you to this genre?

Writing fiction means you can be anything you want. Good guy. Bad guy. I enjoy being in the heads of them all. The crime/thriller genre lets me play in forbidden territory. Actual events guide the plot.

   4.Where do you get information or ideas for your book?

At first, I wanted to write a story about thieves stealing from other thieves. You know, a crime doesn’t pay kind of thing. About the same time, I learned the DEA had busted a huge outdoor cannabis grow in the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. The raid eradicated over 93,000 plants in a deep canyon about a mile long. It was the largest bust ever in the state and ten cartel-linked individuals were also taken into custody. 

That territory is remote and tough to travel. Walking and horseback are the standard transportation modes. I have hunted and fished in that country for several years, so a rip-off of a cartel grow op felt like a good backstory for my characters. 

Most of the big outdoor cannabis farms on public and tribal land are tied to Transnational Criminal Organizations (Cartels). Out West, when you go into the woods, you better be aware that these operations exist. It’s extremely dangerous. Most of the time, the growers are armed and may have booby-trapped the site. 

I also wanted to shed some light on the damage large illegal outdoor pot plantations have on the environment. The pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, human waste and other garbage left at grow sites results in chemical contamination and alteration of our watersheds and precious natural vegetation. Illegal outdoor grow ops rape the land. It takes generations to heal.

I did quite a bit of research for The GrowI talked to growers, cops and Forest Service people. I reviewed archival crime scene photos, aerial photos. I went “google crazy,” finding stories in newspapers and magazines. 

   5.When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

High school. I took aEnglish Comp class and one of the assignments was to write a short story. The first draft came back with most of the lines x’d out in red and the word “Bull!” , also in red, scratched across the top of the paper. It pissed me off, so I bore down hard on the second draft and third draft to where I finally got a pretty good story. Aced the class and became great friends with the instructor. He came to the book signing party we threw for the Grow.

  6.Do you write full-time or part-time?

In my youth, I was pretty much a loose cannon. I worked at several odd jobs, like painting houses and landscaping. I spiked track on a section gang for the railroad and later became a switchman/brakeman for the Burlington Northern. During the construction of the Alaska Pipeline, I went to sea working on sea-going tugboats. Had a few poems published and sold a couple stories. I even toyed with the idea of getting an MFA in Creative Writing but took another turn.

I got into the advertising business in Portland in the late 70’s, starting out in radio sales and then moved into creative services. I became a copywriter crafting radio, television and print ads for many local, regional and national clients. About ten years ago I began writing short fiction for outdoor magazines, and, as they say, one thing lead to another. 

I no longer do commercial work, choosing to concentrate on freelance journalistic endeavors, short fiction and another novel. My “day job” continues to be what it’s always been – writing.

  7.Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Two dead ones: Hemingway and Elmore Leonard. Living ones: James Ellroy, Walter Mosley and James Patterson. And couple of poets: Howard McCord and Richard Hugo.

  8.What books are you reading at present?

Just wrapping up James Ellroy’s Perfidia and beginning The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt and The Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya.

  9.What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I have a couple of short stories in the works and a new novel
that will be out after the first of the year. It’s another crime genre piece.
The short stories are “cast and blast” tales intended for outdoor

 10.What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

`Wow! That’s about the toughest question I have ever been asked. 
I’ve thought about this all day long and still have not come up with the question. But I have an answer to it. 

“I respectfully take the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. I refuse to answer on the grounds it might tend to incriminate me."

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