Comments from the author about writing: I’ve always enjoyed writing – both fiction and non-fiction. My undergraduate degree was journalism and, working as a reporter early in my career, I learned the value of telling a good story. It was only a short step from telling a factual story to telling a fictional one.
One thing that separates me from several of my writing friends is that I need to know the whole story before I begin to write. In other words, I need to know how the story ends – in my case, who done it and why – before I can begin to write. So I use a mental outline of the plot. I see the outline like a road map for a vacation trip: I know where I want to end up, but on the way I’m willing to take a few side trips.
But more important to me than plot is character. I work hard to create realistic characters that I hope the reader will identify with, and then I try to tell the story through their eyes and with their words. Thus, I put a premium on dialogue.
I also try to write books that – while aimed at an adult audience – can be enjoyed by the whole family. Thus I try to eliminate graphic sex, undue violence, and profane language. Family-friendly murder, you might say.
Book Types: Fiction
Audience Types: Young Adult, Adult
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes
If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? No
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Books By This Author
- Murder Most Holy, Five Star, Waterville, Maine, 2006.
- Murder Most Holy, Worldwide,Toronto, 2008.
- End of the Line, Five Star, Waterville, Maine, 2010.