C.E. Newsom was born in Chicago, the hometown of his fictional detective Jeffrey Sparks. People describe Sparks as blunt, to-the-point, and sarcastic–all traits that Newsom shares and enjoys.

Newsom remembers writing his first short story, on a trip to Wisconsin with his brother to visit their cousins. They all wrote a story together about a serial killer that keeps trophies of his victims in hCENis cabin in the woods, including lampshades made out of the victims’ skins (look up Ed Gein and you’ll see the inspiration for the story). It was a horrific story, both in subject matter and quality of writing, but he knew he wanted to be a writer then.

He likes writing mysteries because, like his series character Jeffrey Sparks, he hates Not Knowing, and will go to great lengths to find the answers to questions, or puzzles. Starting with reading Encyclopedia Brown books as a kid, Newsom has always loved mysteries.

When he’s not writing, he likes to spend time with his family, follow the Green Bay Packers and Chicago White Sox, and look for the next opportunity to see a Billy Joel concert (or download a Billy Joel bootleg…). A Cheesehead behind enemy lines, he lives in Illinois with his wife, son, and their dog.