I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent the last eight years writing and publishing mystery novels. At first, my only goal was to write ONE book and have ONE copy that I could put on a shelf. This I did. The book was The Butterfly Conspiracy. The book was available to all on Amazon.com and as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-book readers, but that was not it’s initial purpose.
Much to my surprise, people other than friends and family, started to purchase it. I was getting monthly deposits into my bank account. Not huge amounts, but consistent deposits. I had so much fun creating the character for my first novel, I decided to write another one. One year later, The Maze At Four Chimneys was published.
Then people started asking me what ever happened to Stephen Moorehouse, the main character from The Butterfly Conspiracy. When I finished The Maze At Four Chimneys, I thought I’d bring back the main characters from my first book. A year after that, The Peacock Prophecy was published.
After that book, I wanted to write a book with a private-eye as the main character. The Black Orchid Mystery brought Archie Archibald to life as a fifty something private detective.
What to write about now? How about another Stephen Moorehouse novel? Menagerie of Broken Dreams came next. It was fun to revisit Stephen, his horror movie director uncle, Phillip Kahle, and Stephen’s new girlfriend, Jeanette. I have three completely different story arcs going in this book, along with a cast of very strange characters. Again, this book was so much fun to write!
Book six turned out to be a challenge to myself. I wanted to take elements of two of my favorite books – Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hillhouse and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, and see if I could put them together. The Pilot is my homage to those wonderful novels. It was a lot of fun to write.
For book seven, I was asked to bring Archie, the private detective, back. I did that with Unsafe Harbor. If you like stories about lonely cabins in the middle of deep, dark woods…with strange things happening around you, you will enjoy this book. Poor Archie. He thinks he’s going to retire to a slow life in the wilderness, but the joke is on him. When people around him start dying, the joke ceases to be funny.
That brings me to my book in progress. Tentatively entitled A Crimson Sky For Dying. Once again, I had so much fun writing the second book about Archie, I decided to continue and write a book describing his early years. This book takes place in 1984 when he first receives his private detective license. His old friend Luther, from The Black Orchid Mystery is there, along with a whole new cast of ne’er-do-wells. I’m hoping to have this book out and available for purchase around November, 2017.