When international bestselling author J. Kent Holloway began his writing career back in 2008, he'd already been working as a forensic death investigator for more than 13 years. Despite the fact he'd grown up on whodunnits as a kid, the last thing he wanted to do after working the real thing was write (or even read) mysteries; after all, he wrote (and read) fiction to escape the grind of his day-to-day life. He began his career by writing paranormal thrillers and adventure fiction. And he enjoyed it.
A couple of years into his writing career, he had the great honor of becoming friends with Warren Murphy, the prolific co-creator of "The Destroyer" (Remo Williams) series (one of Kent's all time favorite book series.) Warren took a liking to Kent and began mentoring him. Before long, Mr. Murphy began encouraging him to tap into his experience in homicide investigations and forensics to write something within the mystery genre. "Write what you know," he always told Kent. "You have such a unique experience that so many writers would kill for." So, after about a year of hounding, Kent Holloway set out to write his very first mystery. Or rather, a piece of crime fiction. That book, which was dedicated to Warren Murphy, was called "Clean Exit," and was one of Kent's most popular novels.
More than that, it ignited a passion for mysteries Kent had lost long before. You see, Kent got into the field of forensics because growing up he devoured all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries he could get his hands on. He loved Agatha Christie. Loved Hammett. And yes, even Warren Murphy's assassination duo, Remo Williams and his Master Chiun. With his love for mysteries burning once again, Kent set to writing several mystery series that became successes. And his own personal reading began to include all kinds of mysteries (although he is partial to the more lighthearted and humorous) along with thrillers alike.
This brings us to 2023. With retirement looming in just a few years, Kent Holloway, along with his high school pal and former newspaper publisher Sean Smith, has set out to create a business to continue after he is no longer knee-deep in dead bodies. What better way than to create a publishing company focused on the genres he loves more than anything else? Mysteries and thrillers are where his passion lies, and mysteries and thrillers are what he wants to focus on for the remainder of his life once he hangs up his Tyvek suit and latex gloves for good.
And that's how Charade Media, LLC was born. We hope you'll join us along our journey into the unknown!
" While working with Charade Media, it is my hope you will experience the personal dedication of our staff providing the best and most timely information necessary for both authors and readers alike. We will constantly work to review tactics and tools, aggressively market, and remain on the leading edge of technology to maintain Charade Media in the forefront of the publishing industry. My goal for Charade Media is to provide consistent communication, assertiveness, creativity, and relentless execution for each reader, author, as well as every member of our Charade Media staff. "
Sean Smith, Publisher
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.