In 2013, I went to Disney World with my Daughter and two grand
kids. We decided that we should attempt a young adult book together.
One day into young adult, I gave up. That was not
for me. My writing took a distinctly different turn when a horrendous
local crime absorbed my attention. I began to explore how a normal
person, in this case a librarian, could become a serial killer. I needed
to develop the factors; his relationships, the motives, the emotions, and
at the same time develop how and why another normal person would pursue and capture
My novel, "Playing with Fire," explains one
man's decent into the abyss. Why he is unable to stop. And the
factors which drive his pursuer on despite the danger and hardships. It
makes for an exciting read that is difficult to put down.
In my research, I climbed to the Appalachian Trail at the
entrance to the Smokey Mountains National Forest near Fayetteville, NC. I
stayed three days camping and writing down my experiences. I
traveled from Assateague Island in Maryland, all the way south to the
Florida keys. I have changed a lot of names in the book, but when I talk
about a location, it exists.
I usually write for four hours daily, in the
morning. I listen to the blues while a write. Usually Sarah Vaughn
or Pheobe Snow.
My hero/detective is an older man. As I am an
older man. He has many limitations, as I have limitations. Still,
age and limitations do not prevent an individual from being a hero.
Captain American can easily be a hero, but so can his father. I am 70 years
old, survived an aggressive cancer, have an artificial knee because of Vietnam,
and due to Agent Orange poisoning, and have peripheral neuropathy. I'm
not done yet. I expect to write at least three more books next year.
I am on Facebook, have a web site, a member of Feather
Quill and Cold Coffee Cafe. I have given readings at several Libraries,
attend several writing clubs, and most weekends I can be found at book
signings, flea markets, or any public place where I can get people together so
I can tell them about my book.
SYNOPSIS: An older ex-special forces Marine is asked to find a
lost hiker on the Appalachian Trail. He discovers evidence of a heinous murder
and the hunt is on for the Monster who would commit such a terrible crime. The
fast pace action races down the east coast to the Florida Keys and back to the
Trail. Exciting and surprising, this is a story that is a must read. A hero for
all, especially those over 50.
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David is a former U.S. Navy Corpsman who spent time
attached to the Marine Corps. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern
College and Master's degree from Western Illinois University. He currently
resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with his wife and three dogs.