It’s not a cozy!
My recent book The Most Dangerous Species is set in
a 12-acre cat rescue sanctuary in a village much like the one where I live in
the mountains in Central California.
Cozies are a genre of mystery fiction that often include
cats, domestic murders, amateur sleuths, and sometimes recipes. The tone is often light and airy and the sex
and violence happen off screen. I like them just fine when I’m in that mood,
but those are not the books I write.
Police procedurals are more in my line. The Most Dangerous Species features
a hotshot sheriff’s homicide detective from Bakersfield and a prickly village
patrol officer. The backstory of cat rescue is one that I know well, having
been a co-founder of the local SPCA.
Over the space of years I helped set up spay/neuter clinics, trapped and
fostered litters of feral cats, wrote grants and set up a thrift store to help
fund our work.
Animal rescue work makes you hate people for the terrible
things they do to animals. All of tha…
The Storm is a bit different than other books I've read by John M. Wills. It's a story of betrayal and the difficulty of forgiveness.
The heroine, Anna, is out for a run in a secluded area and is struck by lightning during a sudden storm. She isn't discovered right away, and when she awakens in a hospital, she has no idea who she is.
Her husband, Mark, who has been unfaithful, regrets his actions. The woman he's been seeing isn't ready to let him go and causes major problems as he tries to help Anna recover from her injuries and to regain her memory.
As with all of John's books, there is a spiritual element.
When it doesn't seem like things will be resolved in a happy ending. there is a shocking twist.
I did enjoy The Storm, and recommend it to others.
A scandal that began in the 1970s and lasted ten years inspired
me to write Secrets Behind the BigPencil. Investigators indicted more than
one hundred employees of an international organization that resulted in about
thirty-five convictions. As my ex-husband worked for the actual organization
although he was not involved in anything illegal, I knew many of the players. I
collected newspaper clippings and made notes as I interviewed several people.
Back then, the Internet was merely a glimmer in some nerds’ eyes.
While I had written many articles and columns and edited
newsletters books, and more, I had never written a novel. Originally, I wrote
the book using the real entity, sticking to the facts like a journalist, including
far too many characters. No one wanted to publish it. Over the years, it laid
dormant as I honed the genre. I shipped my files when I decided to spend most
of my time in Costa Rica.
Over the years, I painstakingly combined several actual
people into one character…