I’m looking forward to an eventful summer in 2014. We’ll continue the series of book signings and book club meetings we’ve enjoyed for the past few years on behalf of my two novels set in Michigan: Dead Lock and Freeze Frame 2016.
If your book club would like a visit, email me at email@example.com.
I’d love to hear from you with any comments or questions on writing or the novels themselves.
We’ve started a writers’ club at the Clarkston Library. If you’re a writer – or are interested in knowing more about the subject of writing novels – stop by. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.
I’m currently writing a third novel set in Michigan, Lady Killer. As with Dead Lock and Freeze Frame 2016, research is an important part of writing. When the novel is fiction, you want to make it as real for the reader as you can. To that end, I’ve been meeting with people like Captain Joe Quizenberry of the Oakland County Sheriffs’ Department and Christopher Lanfear, also of the Oakland County Sheriffs’ Department, who is the state’s top polygraph examiner.
I hope you’ll stay tuned for information on the progress of Lady Killer. I think you’re going to enjoy it.
Meantime, look around the site. If you haven’t yet read Dead Lock or Freeze Frame 2016, you can sample their opening chapters right here.
And, as I mentioned, please be sure to share any comments or suggestions you may have about these novels set in Michigan or about the site itself. I’ll look for your emails at my gmail mailbox.
As for now, good reading …
What’s up with Lady Killer?
In the novel I’m currently writing, Darcy James moves to Royal Oak, Michigan. Moving into her new apartment, she meets Joe Dodge, an Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy in the Special Investigations Unit. Dodge is consumed with catching a serial killer who’s violently murdering older, well-to-do women in the nearby towns of Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills.
Dodge’s father died of exhaustion trying to catch the notorious Oakland County child killer decades ago, and unfortunately Joe finds himself following in his father’s footsteps.
Darcy follows the case from a distance, until her client’s mother is murdered and she is forced to take an active role in making sure her client, a Bloomfield resident in her late sixties, doesn’t become the next victim.
Look for Lady Killer sometime this fall.
Novels set in Michigan.
Some of my fondest early memories take place in northern Michigan: at the Hawes’ cottage on Otsego, visiting the courthouse where Anatomy of Murder was filmed with my family, Pictured Rocks and Tahquamenon Falls.
Later, my parents built a cottage on Lake Manuka where my sister Meg’s family and mine enjoy summers now. There’s something about the aroma of a breeze coming off the lake and the feeling of sand between your toes that has a cleansing effect on your whole mind and body.
I’ve made it a point to set my novels here in Michigan. Michigan natives tell me they enjoy reading about towns, streets and landmarks they recognize. Readers from other places say they enjoy the picturesque settings of our home state – and, of course, the plots that tend to grab their interest and hold it until the final pages.
I hope you’ll feel the same way, and share my love for this pleasant peninsula.
From the D to the UP, I love Michigan.