About J. H. Bográn

J. H. Bográn was born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist; he ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. He lives in Honduras with his wife and three boys. Majored in Business Administration and has worked in the textile industry for past twenty years.

He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributor editor their official e-zine The Big Thrill

He’s the director of CriticArte, an artist forum sponsored by the Centro Cultural Sampedrano.

His published works include titles written in English and Spanish:

·        Deeds of Master Archer, short story published through Smashwords & Amazon Kindle program. September, 2012.

·        The Assassin’s Mistress, short story published through Smashwords & Amazon Kindle program. March, 2012.

·        Treasure Hunt, action thriller novel. Published by Whiskey Creek Press, 2011.

·        Absolution Withheld, short story prequel to Treasure Hunt. Published by Whiskey Creek Press, 2011.

·        Relámpago Perpetuo, flash fiction anthology. Published by Letra Negra Editores to commemorate their twelfth anniversary, 2010.

·        The Outpost, short story published by Red Rose Publishin, 2008.

·        Love Me Two Times, short story published by Red Rose Publishing, 2007

·        Heredero del Mal, action thriller novel published by Letra Negra Editores, 2007

Other works include teleplay and screenplays:

·        Once Cipotes, wrote the screenplay based on the original idea of Tomas Chi. Currently filming.

·        Operación Pico Bonito, adapted screenplay from homonymous novel. Currently in Pre-Production.

·        Central 199, collaborated writing the screenplay for 20-episode TV serial. Currently in Pre-Production.

·        Retrato de una Ciudad, collaborated writing the screenplay for 20-episode TV serial, 2007

·        La Fortaleza, collaborated writing the screenplay for 20-episode TV serial, 2003.

Affiliations: International Thriller Writers, Backspace, and Red Room Authors.

Where in the world is Angela?

This week I'm a guest at The Bookshelf Muse. One of the owners, Angela Ackerman is telling the world she's deep into writing her novel for NaNoWriMo. However, some evidence proving the contrary has surfaced.

Is Angela running a NaNoWrimo Fraud?

You'd be the judge of that:


Guest blogging at CFC!

Today I discuss Murder Weapons and their relevance in the thriller genre at the Crime Fiction Collective:


True Crime

Today I have a guest. Fellow writer Gina Fava had this wonderful idea of a blog exchange. Yesterday she hosted me at her blog, and today she's sharing some thoughts with us about True Crime:

True Crime

Two great things happened this weekend that coincided perfectly to produce this post:
  1. My author colleague and friend, J.H. Bográn, asked me to guest post this week on his blog, and
  2. I'm fresh off attending the 2012 New England Crime Bake.
How do these two events mesh?
When I first met J.H. Bográn a couple years ago (we'd both attended Thrillerfest V), I learned that he is the son of a journalist.  But where his mother would have the opportunity to write about true crime at every turn, the readers of J.H. Bográn's superb short stories and novels will tell you that he prefers to stick to fiction.
After attending a panel at the New England Crime Bake this past weekend entitled,  "Truth is Stranger than Fiction:  Writing True Crime," it got me to thinking as a writer, why not consider the true crime genre? 
How about these gems: 
  • The Monster of Florence, by novelist Douglas Preston and journalist Mario Spezi, about a real-life serial killer who murdered couples in the Tuscan countryside,
  • Lie After Lie, by news reporter and criminal defense investigator Lara Bricker, about a woman whose husband fatally poisons her over time by slipping antifreeze into her Gatorade,
  • Finding Amy, by novelist and true crime writer, Kate Flora, a 2007 Edgar nominee,
  • Betrayal:  Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, by Robert Fitzpatrick (the FBI agent) with Jon Land.  (Learn more about Boston mobster Whitey Bulger and his girlfriend at http://www.ginafava.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/fugitive-thrillers.)
While many true crime books are based on murder cases, others delve into abductions, robberies, arsons, and political scandal.  Many stories spring from recent headlines.  Some are based on years of research into a historical case.  Aside from the intrigue that drips from the pages, lessons in FBI criminal profiling, national security, and child welfare also may be gleaned from the facts. 
The genre is factual, and legal fact-checking is a priority, so self-publishing in this realm may prove disastrous for anyone inclined to do so, as the integrity of real life victims as well as the rights of those who've committed the crimes are in play.  It's recommended to seek a traditional publisher in this vein of writing.
If you have a background in journalism, law, or criminal justice, true crime stories may be already be part of your genetic code.  I'm not sure if I have J.H. Bográn convinced to write them, but I'm certain that he's already a fan.  Either way, I'm grateful to my friend and colleague for letting me visit today, and it's been great connecting with all of his readers.  Be sure to stop by Gina Fava's Blog anytime to say hello.  Have you tried your hand at true crime writing?  Are there movies or books based in true crime that you'd like to share?

About Gina Fava:

Born in Buffalo, NY, and living in New England, Gina Fava has written award-winning short stories, and is working to publish two suspense thrillers based in Rome, Italy.  An active member of MWA, ITW, and SinC, she's also a Formula One fan and an avid blogger, and she loves to research first-hand the Italian reds that her characters imbibe. Learn more at http://www.ginafava.com/

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