When I first began my journey, I knew nothing about writing. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know I wanted to be an author. I had a friend who was going through a difficult time, and to cheer her up I decided to write her a short story with a happy ending. As I was writing, something incredible happened. The writing voices showed up. They took over, and the story went in a whole new direction. The final story ended up being nothing about my friend. That “not so short” story became my first novel, Tears of Betrayal, which is why I always say I did not choose writing; writing chose me.
Having written one romance, I thought that was the genre I was supposed to be in. So, I wrote more. As my skills grew, I started looking at the possibilities and exploring new genres, including psychological suspense.
One day I heard about a little-known part of American History called the Orphan Trains and knew I wanted to write books that would help tell people about the children’s plight. So many people have never heard of the estimated 250k children who rode the Orphan Trains to find new homes. My hope is that somehow my stories will help keep their memories alive.
My writing voices are incredibly versatile and sometimes don’t follow the industry standards. So, it didn’t surprise me when they gave me the idea for the Jerry McNeal Series. Writing about a Marine Veteran with psychic abilities who has a ghost dog for a partner seemed perfectly normal. I adore Jerry and Gunter and all the people that have joined them along the way. I love how well readers are responding to the series and am grateful they enjoy the books enough to keep reading.
But there lies the problem.
The books I write are as different as the genres they represent.
While the books in The Orphan Train Saga are clean, the Jerry McNeal Series have swear words –I am working to clean up Jerry’s language a bit.
If you wish to read one of my romance books but prefer a clean read, Seems Like Yesterday has been revised to be a clean read.
But be warned, my romance books have SEX. Most have sex more than a few times within the same book. We are not talking close the door and turn off the lights sex. We are talking glow in the dark condoms (King of my Heart.) and other things that leave little to the reader’s imagination. I usually tell readers, if you are like my mom, you will skip over a few pages. If you are like my aunt Barb, you will read those pages twice.
Also, be forewarned; while my psychological suspense, Surviving the Storm, has some comedic relief moments, it is a darker read than most of my titles and may not be for everyone.
My writing has evolved, and I no longer write books where the lovemaking scenes are so detailed, but I am not removing my early books from my backlist as the readers seem to enjoy them.
Most readers anyway.
Today I received a one star review from a reader who enjoyed the Jerry McNeal Series so much they went on to read Tears of Betrayal. Sadly, the reader gave me a poor review due to the “trashy nature” of the book. While I feel the review to be unfair, I totally understand the reader’s disappointment. This is why I am once again reaching out to explain the differences between the books I write. While I have it on my website and have listed it on social media, in the future, I will include something in my books as well.
Thanks for reading, and Eddie, if you are reading this, I would love for you to try my Orphan Train Saga (I’d be happy to send you a signed copy.) They are all clean reads, have won numerous awards, and my readers enjoy the well-researched history within the books.