Growing up and through school, one of my favorite things to do was read books. Sports and TV were high on the list too. But reading transported me away on fantastical adventures to mythological “what-if” lands and places where anything could happen and usually did.
As I grew up, my reading interests changed from “Peter Pan and Wendy” types to books with more complex characters, like Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, and Tom Clancy’s stories about Jack Ryan. The more I read, the more I had to read. Soon John Grisham, Michael McGarrity, and John Sandford joined my list.
After college, I spent much of my adult life working in professions of police and law that required its members to do a considerable amount of writing – offense reports, supplementary offense reports, trial motions, trial briefs, appellate briefs, and responses to legal discovery requests.
During this period, my fiction reading slowed but I managed to read all of Tom Clancy’s books (in print at that time) as well as police novels written by Joseph Wambaugh. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I wondered what it would be like to write novels.
But write what?
Crime fiction like Connelly, Sandford and McGarrity? I did have a truckload of experience as a uniformed officer and as detective. A couple of years were spent working as a prosecutor’s investigator. I even had time logged as a criminal investigator for the US Treasury Department. That job sent me to places like New York, Washington, D.C, and Miami.
Or maybe legal thrillers like Grisham. Twenty-four years and counting first as a prosecutor in state court, then as a criminal defense attorney, and finally as an Assistant General Counsel for the Texas prison and parole agency gave me a lot of experience to draw from for stories.
How about fictional thrillers about international travel, danger, and life abroad like Clancy? During my time with the Feds and in the capacity of a Special Deputy US Marshal, I flew to cities in Europe and the Middle East. Later, I resided in West Berlin, Germany, for a few years, working for US military forces while the storied city was still divided and occupied by US, UK, French, and the then Soviet Union (now Russia) military forces.
I settled on crime fiction because I wanted to bring attention to some very serious social problems while entertaining my readers with . So, Price of Justice was written. It was my first novel and, like your first-born child, it was special to me. It tells two stories, one of a grieving detective working within the framework of the law to stop pedophiles, and the other of a mother out for vengeance against the same pedophiles. The book deals with their mutual attraction and how each changes the other.
Price of Justice won awards including Best in Police/Crime Fiction from the Texas Association of Authors, was a finalist in the Thriller category for the Beverly Hills Book Awards, and received a few honorable mentions from other book festivals. Winning these awards encouraged me to continue on my path of writing crime fiction.
Now I want my readers to enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them. I want them to love reading a good story that leaves them wanting to know ‘what happens next’. And next for me was the signing of a contract with Black Opal Books for my second novel, Cornered. My third novel, titled Rampage, will be a sequel to Price of Justice. More novels are planned for the near future.