I write because I like to read. I write what I like to read. I just finished two books this week, and while reading, I was also writing. Reading each night, I look at the way the writer builds his story and involves his readers. I think about that overnight and see if I can use it in some way. Mostly it doesn’t fit the way I write a story or how the story is constructed but it is good practice and almost always somewhere else or in another book there comes a time to use what I have learned. I thank everyone who took the time to write their hearts and souls into a book. It is entertainment and education in one.
I read Brad Taylor’s book “Enemy of Mine.” and Craig Johnson’s “Cold Dish.” this past week and I liked both books. Next up is Craig’s “Dry Bones.” and like Cold Dish is one of the Sherriff Longmire Series. In a week or so I hope to start on one of RicK Campbell’s submarine books.
There are lots of good reading out there, and I hope one day you all will have the opportunity to read something I have written. My friend Terri G. was one of my test readers. Escape from Playa Del Carmen is a series starter that introduces Don Sackett, Gramps on the run, trouble magnet and has all the life problems we can all relate to in our own lives. He is the nice guy caught up in extreme circumstances completely by chance. That, however, has been the story of his life.
Terry G. described her reading of the manuscript this way:
“I wish to thank you for the privilege of reviewing your manuscript
‘Escape From Playa Del Carmen’ I just completed my third reading
and let me say, in my opinion, you’ve got a hit. As you know,
I’ve always been an avid reader, and my library is home to various works,
non-fiction, and fiction alike. I am most anxious for you to get your
manuscript published and you can bet I’ll be adding it to my collection!”
Terry was very kind, and after many more hours of editing and expanding on those characters, I believe we have an even better book. My search for the right agent and a publisher continues and in the meantime Book two “Getting Home.” is in editing mode and Book three “Patten for Death.” is under construction and I am excited about both books. Getting Home introduces a couple new characters and some from book one and two will have roles in Patten for Death.
I have to deal with surgery and spending time with Mom as she fights with terminal cancer, your well wishes and prayers are appreciated. I want to thank everyone who takes the time to see what I am up to and read what I put on this page.