January 2016 Issue


Dear readers,

Joseph Borden here. I couldn’t be more excited to join you as Killer Nashville Magazine’s new editor.

First, I’d like to extend a massive thank you to Maria Giordano who, in her role as editor, did a top-notch job at molding this publication into a valuable resource to writers, readers, publishers, agents, etc. I’ve got some big shoes to fill, so excuse me if I stumble a bit coming out of the gate.

It is often the case that new faces bring change—you won’t find an exception to that rule here. We’ve still got your favorite columns, exclusive author interviews, recipes, cocktails, you name it. So, don’t fret; we don’t aim to take anything away. But we are introducing a few new components over the coming months, so stay tuned.

That being said, let’s move on to our current edition.

For starters, I advise you to check out Clay Stafford’s interview with author Donald Bain and his wife, Renée—it’s the cover story for a reason. Donald has written over 120 books, and his writing career is basically the definition of longevity.

Over in our “International Corner”, author Timothy Williams shows us how one can find gems—characters, settings, whatever—that cling to the everyday of life’s ugly underbelly.

In “Under the Microscope”, Todd Williams and Joshua Savage give us a behind-the-scenes look at the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. This is a must-read for you crime writers.

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Editor: Joseph Borden
Contributing Editor: Emily Eytchison
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For those of you in need of a little marketing know-how, go see Julie Schoerke in our new “PR” section. Julie’s got three decades of experience under her belt, so you aren’t doing yourself any favors if you breeze by her latest article.

Before you get to perusing, though, I’d like to offer a crazy amount of gratitude to all those who make Killer Nashville Magazine possible—here’s to you, Beth Terrell-Hicks, Tom Wood, Eric Deckers, and Julie Schoerke (and so many others). Most of all, I’d like to thank the awesome Killer Nashville staff.

There’s Emily Eytchison, who coordinates our social media and book reviews, among many other tasks. She’s the voice of Killer Nashville, the hand reaching out to hold yours—and she does an excellent job in her role, a smile ever on her face.

Will Chessor is the brains of the operation. He tirelessly works on building and maintaining our various sites, and he makes a reality of every wacky idea we come up with. He’s been more than gracious while teaching me the ropes around here, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

And finally, our editor-in-chief: Clay Stafford. Clay is the man behind the curtain, selflessly offering his direction and tutelage without reservation. Killer Nashville and Killer Nashville Magazine are his vision; he does everything within his power to be a resource to writers across the board. We’re lucky to have him.

I’m delighted to be among such a great staff with such a terrific audience. Thank you all for having me.

Now, go forth. Explore our magazine; it won’t be time wasted.


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Joseph Borden
Editor / Killer Nashville Magazine


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An Interview with Donald Bain and Renée Paley-Bain

Killer Nashville 2015 was on Halloween this year. During that time, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down in Nashville with Donald Bain and his talented wife and writing partner Renée Paley-Bain for one of the strangest and most delicious hamburgers we’ve ever had (burgers were topped with an over-easy egg and onions caramelized in Jack Daniel’s whisky). Like the meal, every conversation I have with the Bains is an intellectual and entertaining morsel for the spiritual palette.

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