Secret Identity: A Novel

Alex Segura
In Conversation With Steph Cha
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Episode Summary

The bestselling and award-winning writer Alex Segura, the author of five Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery novels and the acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline comics, offers a rollicking new literary mystery set in the world of comic books. Segura’s latest novel, Secret Identity, takes an look at the 1975 struggling comic book industry. The story follows Carmen Valdez, an assistant at Triumph Comics, which doesn’t have the creative zeal of Marvel nor the buttoned-up efficiency of DC. Carmen is close to fulfilling her dream of writing a superhero book when one of the Triumph writers enlists her help to create a new character, which they call "The Lethal Lynx," Triumph's first female hero. But her colleague is acting strangely and asking to keep her involvement a secret. And then he’s found dead, with all of their scripts turned into the publisher without her name. Carmen is desperate to untangle a web of secrets and hold on to her dreams. Join Segura as he discusses this wildly entertaining mystery with Steph Cha, author of the Juniper Song mystery series and Your House Will Pay, winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. 

Participant(s) Bio

Alex Segura is the SVP - Sales and Marketing at Oni Press and the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall and the acclaimed Pete Fernandez Mystery series. He has also written a number of comic books, most notably the superhero noir The Black Ghost, the YA music series The Archies, and the Archie Meets collection of crossovers. A Miami native, he lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Steph Cha is the author of the Juniper Song mystery series and Your House Will Pay, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and has been nominated for a Young Lions Fiction Award, a Macavity Award, a Lefty Award, a Barry Award, and a Dagger Award, as well as long-listed for the Aspen Prize. She’s an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she edited the noir section for almost five years. A native of the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles with her family.