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‘I’ll have to have you killed!’: Al Roker on mashups, mysteries ... and murder

When not busy earning Emmys as an anchor on America’s most beloved morning show, Al Roker is an avid author. His “Don’t Make Me Stop this Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood” made a New York Times bestseller, and he’s co-written three murder mysteries with Dick Lochte, detailing the mysterious travails of celebrity-chef-turned-sleuth, Billy Blessing. Al will be discussing the latest Billy Ble
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When not busy earning Emmys as an anchor on America’s most beloved morning show, Al Roker is an avid author. His “Don’t Make Me Stop this Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood” made a New York Times bestseller, and he’s co-written three murder mysteries with Dick Lochte, detailing the mysterious travails of celebrity-chef-turned-sleuth, Billy Blessing. Al will be discussing the latest Billy Blessing novel, “The Talk Show Murder,” on TODAY on Tuesday, but we here at TODAY.com thought we’d fly a few quick questions past the quick-witted, culinarily-inclined and mystery-fixated anchor. Here’s what Al had to say.

1. Between being a TODAY anchor and your other pursuits, you’re an incredibly busy man. In light of your packed schedule, what is your writing routine like?

This is the first book I wrote entirely on the iPad. Kept it with me constantly so that I could write wherever and whenever I could. I really enjoy writing and always have. This made it so much easier to get it done.

2. What was the last book you were really excited about?

I loved “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Talk about a terrific mashup of genres; historical fiction, sci-fi and horror!! It really would explain a lot.

3. As the founder of Al’s Book Club for Kids, you’re a champion for children’s literacy. What are your favorite children’s books?

Our first book was “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” now a major motion picture. Going back to my childhood, “Green Eggs and Ham” was one of my early favorites. I loved the Hardy Boys and then later, Sherlock Holmes.

4. What fictional character would you most like to have dinner with?

Actually I would make it a dinner party. I would have Stephanie Plum, Myron Bolitar, Easy Rawlins and Dexter Morgan over for dinner. I love a good mystery.

5. Who, when push comes to shove, would you say is your favorite author?

Oh, but if I tell you, I'll have to have you killed. And I know a few people who know a few people.

Tune in to TODAY Tuesday to watch Al Roker discuss "The Talk Show Murders."