I’ve written any number of novels over the years, mostly for my own benefit and, as one would think, a means of learning my craft. Most of those early drafts never saw the light of day. But what writing these has done, is help me hone my storytelling skills, if not, been an outlet for my over-active imagination.
I hope you enjoy these stories and excerpts, and don’t forget, check out the SERIALS section (Coming soon.)
COME THE INQUISITOR
Another sweeping SF, this one set in a far flung future in another time and, quite possibly, another galaxy altogether. I started writing about the “Judges” almost 15 years ago, sketching out an outline that encapsulated the idea of a judiciary over-seen by a Guild of sensitives able to ‘read’ people though bodily contact. And, from there, this one has exploded into a huge epic space opera that like Elemental, may take me a year or two to complete in order to do the full story (and characters) justice!
This is my attempt at a sweeping science fantasy story of love, loss and redemption, to be written in three parts. So far book one, ELEMENTAL, (in what will be THE BRIGHT WORLDS trilogy) is completed and currently under going revision and edits. Work on book two, DARK MATTER, will commence once edits on ELEMENTAL are complete.
I could say that this story is about the exploration of self but that wouldn’t be quite the truth. Nor is it an exploration of the Them and Us culture, nor is it necessarily about the near-future and what we might expect technology-wise 10 or 15 years down the road. When it came down to it, my two characters ran off with the story, as my characters have a way of doing, and all the rest? Suddenly took a back seat to their story. So much for writing intriguing SF, this one is a romance with SF over-tones. I make no apologies.
HIGHWAY OF TEARS
Taking the heartbreaking subject of female abduction and murder, and featuring an Ethnic group who many still view as a minority in their own country, I’m attempting to weave together the situations First Nation Aboriginals (living in reserves along Highway 16 in British Columbia) continue to find themselves living with. Focusing on how these events affect not just the people of these small, tight-knit communities but also those charged with protecting them.
Part mystery, part police procedural, this character-driven story focuses on a single week in the life of New York City police detective, Kate Martinelli, who was a first-responder at the World Trade centre disaster during the 9-11 attacks, and what it is that shapes her, drives her, and what makes her, above all else—as a human being and police officer—tick.
The story is set amid the fighting between the warring factions of the Hutu and Tutsi rebels in Rwanda and in Zaire, between the rebel forces of Laurent Kabila and the entrenched government headed by Mobutu. This is Suzanne Taylor’s first assignment in Africa, she was previously stationed in both Peru and Afghanistan. She is only assigned Rwanda at the last minute when her colleague who, having previously started negotiations, is shot and killed on the boarder as tensions mount. Taylor is assigned the task of picking up the pieces and doing so quickly to facilitate the movement of UN aid. The refugee camp at Bukavu is swelling into the hundreds of thousands with many Rwandan refugees fleeing across the boarder, into Zaire. Meanwhile, bodies float down the river daily.
THE LAST WORD
Everyone is looking for something. Answers. The truth. A meaning to life. With Deborah Levy it became anonymity. She searched out the furthest corners of the globe, and went into hiding. She wasn’t hiding from just herself and the burden of guilt she still carried over the death of Ruth—who committed suicide they day they destroyed two years of painstaking work and research. She was hiding because of the knowledge she carried in her head. Knowledge that, if given the light of day, could have dangerous ramifications in the wrong hands.
Part mystery, part police procedural, this character-driven story focuses on a single week in the life of New York City police detective, Kate Martinelli, who was a first-responder at the World Trade centre disaster during the 9-11 attacks.
When Hari—a dealer in lies—is brought face to face with death Herself, he realizes that not all the Instigators from the Punitive Wars were put to death. And worse, not all is well with his mission. One of Kali’s daughter is alive and well and living on the dwarf planet Chandra.