Confessions of a Romantic

And a Bit of Fantasy

gullivers-travels-1731861Someone once told me a good bio should contain things nobody knows about you, so here are some things you might not know about me.

I’ve written two books that haven’t seen the light of day. They were practice. I have published two children’s book: Meena Mouse’s Perfect Raspberry and Hubert Little’s Great Adventure. I also have a collection of dark short stories, Myth, Magic and Monsters. My novel, Gatekeeper, will soon have a sequel: Chaos. You can keep up to date on my Facebook page: Trilby-Plants

Here’s something most people don’t know about me:

My love of story in general began when I was five. My mother read me and my brother Gulliver’s Travels. My brother, who was fifteen months younger than I, only talked about how Gulliver put out the fire in the Lilliputian town by urinating on it. I saw the story as a portal to the magical world of books.

I had a book about fairies, brownies and other little people. Those stories opened my eyes to unreal worlds. Of course, when I was very young I thought the fantastic must be real in some way. I remember believing that some kind of civilization existed on top of clouds. Made of candy, no less.

At some point I realized fairy stories were fiction, but I also discovered that storytellers could build their own worlds, whether the real world, or fantasy. I read a great deal of pulp science fiction in my younger years, then found fantasy more to my liking, especially stories that were grounded in reality with fantastical elements. I love a good horror story. The ones about real people scare the socks off me, but the supernatural, not so much.

I’ve always wondered if little people really live in the shadows of our world. That’s another story.

Free Sample of Double Danger

3d-straight-3d-coverWhat could be better than a free sample of a romantic suspense?

Curl up with the first chapters of a good weekend read.

When Alyssa Mallory crashes into Nick Trammel’s car, she is plunged into a roller coaster adventure. Her home is ransacked. Two men shoot at her and Nick, and Alyssa’s friend is shot. Nick forces her to go with him into the wilderness of northern Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, running from the two men who Nick says will kill both of them to get information they believe he has. But he doesn’t know what it is they want. Chased by men with guns, Alyssa and Nick find themselves in a desperate race against time to figure out why they are targets. Complicating matters is the emotional threat of falling for a man Alyssa knows is dangerous. Alyssa is faced with a terrible choice, one that could save her life, but might cost her the man she loves.

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Double Danger is available for pre-order at Amazon, Print or Kindle

Spies, Michigan, Phobias and Tech

Around 1990 Nancy Tucker and I wrote the first draft of Double Danger. It was about a woman in peril because of a phobia and a man who set that phobia off. It involved computers and spies.

It seems like the dark ages of tech. Computers were booted from a 5 1/4 inch floppy disk and data was stored on a floppy. The Internet was all text. Our computers could not store the entire file, so it was split up into smaller parts by chapter. We shopped it to a few publishers with no result.

So the book languished in cyber Limbo.

Three years ago, while searching for a file, I stumbled on it, read it and decided it deserved resurrecting. It took a year of revising and a ton of research, and we had a draft.

Another year has flown by, and we’re counting down to launch.

Things have changed since we wrote the book. Especially the Internet. But romance is eternal. Nancy and I think it’s a good read and we hope readers do, too.

Double Danger will go up on Amazon for preorder soon.