Problems. Every writer has them, not least an opening that grabs a reader by the eyeballs. Setting, mood, point of view, conflict all packaged and launched just so, in two pages. But in a short story, two pages will have plowed deep into the proceedings, a sharp hook and set-up combined, every line serving both masters. Get the balance wrong, and the reader slips off that hook.
I joined the Fantasy_Writing group on Yahoo in June of 2009. I had always thought about writing and the challenge of putting pen to paper and producing a novel. Something with compelling characters, a suspenseful plot and cliffhanging chapters that would make my readers take a quick look at the clock in the post-midnight light and continue on.
Many of the characters in my stories are very real to me. They have minds of their own. I often talk to them, especially when I hit a problem. They answer me.
Jesse Damon, the protagonist in my Jesse Damon Crime Novel series, appeared fully formed in my mind and, in his unassuming but persistent way, suggested that his was a story that needed to be told, and I was the one who needed to tell it.
July 7, 2015
Damned If You Don’t (Glenmere Press) is a dark traditional mystery set in the Catskills. The book features Hannah Fox, a community activist raised in the sixties on picket lines and peace marches, who battles an eminent domain scam that threatens a friend’s land and ends in murder.