Broadcast veteran Gray Basnight is now making his mark in print. His first book, The Cop with the Pink Pistol by Ransom Note Press, hit the shelves (and the Internet) last week. The murder mystery centers around NYPD homicide detective Donna Prima.
For Basnight, this novel wasn’t based on reality. He points out that the Donna Prima character is based purely on imagination and fantasy.
“Most of it was just having a lot of fun with different things, and different lines I’ve had,” Basnight tells FishbowlNY.
Basnight, who was among more than 100 staffers laid off at Bloomberg Radio/WBBR in 2009, for a time put an exclusive focus on his writing. During that interval, he began to submerge himself with the idea for a historical novel. However, the words didn’t jump onto the page, as Basnight struggled to complete the manuscript.
“I knew that all writers just have to move on,” Basnight admits. “It occurred to me to try to write a detective novel.”
In an effort to make the book standout, Basnight went for proven detective formulas.