Interview with Gregory C. Randall, Author of The Marigold Gang

06 Dec 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Marigold Gang: The Four Bodies in the Freezer?

A restaurant we go to for breakfast always has a morning group of men who get to together once a week. Maybe they are old friends, maybe a church group, maybe a lot of things, but what they do have is an old friendship. I believed there might be a story surrounding these fellows, not so much as to how they became who they were, but what would happen when they are confronted with a challenge.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Marigold Gang: The Four Bodies in the Freezer, what would they be?

Any of the songs from the mid-1960s, early rock and roll and Motown.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

My favorite genre (at the moment- again) is science fiction, especially John Scalzi. My favorite genre to write is historical fiction/mystery – especially around World War II.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

John Scalzi’s Smarter Villain, Michael Connelly’s Resurrection Walk, Jim L’Etoile’s Face of Greed, a couple by Ben Winters, Reed Farrel Coleman’s Sleepless City, and a dozen more.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

When the Marigold Gang first enters the house and begins to understand the scope of what they are facing. The narrator refers to the process like they were opening Tutankhamun’s Tomb.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

None really, I do enjoy during the warm summer to sit out in our garden with a cigar and write, quite a change from the day-to-day desk work.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

We create our tomorrows by what we dream today! This phrase hangs over the door’s lintel to my writer’s studio. I picked up the aphoristic sign many years ago, and it still reads true.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

We will all be old someday (sooner for some than others), and we should not limit ourselves to what others say we should be, but how we want to be.


Gregory C. Randall is the author of the new book The Marigold Gang: The Four Bodies in the Freezer

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