From 2010 to 2014, I wrote private detective mysteries. I wrote them for a lot of reasons, but the main one was simple: I love reading mysteries. Like everyone else, I loved Chandler, Crumley, and Hammett, and I wanted to do–or try to do–what those guys did so well. So I wrote one. And then another. And another. And another. Honestly, I’m proud of the Eli Sharpe series and Alphabet Land, my stand-alone noir thriller. And I’m grateful to the publishers–Camel Press and 280 Steps respectively–who took a chance on me, just as I’m grateful to any and all who read those books. My four novels haven’t made me rich, but they were challenging to write, and that made me a better writer. My goal has always been to get better.
Which is why I took a long hiatus from publishing: I wanted to work on my craft. Plus, I was burnt out and needed to figure out what I really wanted to do next. So now I’m jumping back into the pool. . .only this time, I’m going a different route: self-publishing a collection of short stories. Using Createspace, which is surprisingly user-friendly, I’m currently in the process of formatting a book of eleven stories tentatively titled All the Different Ways Love Can Feel. My goal is to have this book available in paperback (print-on-demand) and Kindle some time later this summer. If you’re interested, I plan on revealing the book cover soon as well as writing more about the stories in the collection.