Kevin Cosgrove, who publishes as Max Derouche, has been writing since he was 10-years-old. He published his first book, “Saul”, in 2001. While he has written “outsider and surrealist” fiction for the better part of his writing career, a move to Pasadena, California sparked his interest in the hard-boiled crime genre, specifically detective fiction set between 1910 and 1940, which is now his focus.
Retaining complete ownership of his work is one reason Cosgrove decided to publish independently and while he’s not opposed to a traditional publishing contract, he is not currently seeking one.
“I write for myself and for my community and those readers don’t always fit into a specific niche or genre neatly,” said Cosgrove.
The biggest challenge Cosgrove has experienced as an indie author is getting his book in front of readers but the freedom to express an alternate version of himself and get out of his head through writing has been a rewarding experience. Within his current genre, he’s been most inspired by the works of Dashiell Hammett. Outside of the hard-boiled detective genre, the works of Charles Bukowski and Chuck Palahniuk also inspired him as an author.
When he’s not writing, Cosgrove works in sales and spends time with his wife and son crafting and sculpting. In college, he studied acting, theater, and fiction writing. He particularly enjoys writing because it’s a “self-sufficient, solitary art-form requiring no special materials or tools, besides a laptop”.
His novella, “The Starlet Murders (A Lars Andernach Mystery Book 1)” is now available for purchase through Amazon or on Kindle Unlimited.
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