Interview with Novelist Deeann D. Mathews (Black, White And Red All Over)

1. What is your novel about?

A small-town police captain is put at odds with his regional police colleagues when a new Black newspaper demands records about police brutality in the county … Captain Hamilton not only has to figure out what he is going to do, but also what his colleagues are going to do before violent confrontation becomes inevitable …

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Mystery, Suspense, Current Events, Clean Christian

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

“Historical Present”

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Empire Strikes Back

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Too many to name because I am a musician across a number of styles

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

7. What motivated you to write this story?

In 2019, I won a writing prize on what today is and created 17 days of extra content in recognition of the prize … that became this novel. What was in my mind was Charlottesville, police brutality, things being done in my own community to make things better, my old journalism career and the skills and tools I still have from there, the silliness of people saying they want the Civil War over again to change the outcome, and, old chops of mystery writing.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Officer Eugene Goodman, the hero of January 6, 2021 during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, and community work

10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Keep writing, every day, about whatever interests you, and get interested in as many people and as much solid history related to them as you can.

Watch the Transcript Reading:

Christian, Mystery, and Suspense


Police captains Hamilton and Lee meet with Mr. Varick and Mr. Turner from the Lofton County Free Voice newspaper to discuss the release of police records that contain explosive information about police brutality against African Americans in Lofton County.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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