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Secrets from My Upcoming Novel

My upcoming suspense novel, Deception (title subject to change due to several others with similar titles), will be published in the very near future following publisher edits, cover design, reviews, etc.  But I wanted to share a little bit about it with my readers. The heroine, Diane Gannon, a rising New York journalist, is excitedly waiting for her fiance, Lt. Jack Morro, to return from the Vietnam war in 20 days. But in the very next scene, we see Jack leading a squad as ordered by company commander Captain Jim Ivy, who eyes Jack and makes him the victim of ‘friendly fire.’

Why? Jack knows about a bribe Ivy took years earlier to deliver arms to Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution. The bribe was provided by American media giant, Roberto Vidal, a Venezuelan emigre and Castro supporter, who, having contact with journalist Diane, is in love with her.

Receiving a report that Jack is dead (false, he’s only been wounded and is in prison), Diane is shattered into alcohol and depression. Rescued by Vidal, they marry, and then Jack escapes, coming home to the bitter news that the woman he loves is married. Twists and turns until the conclusive battle between Jack and Vidal.

Will be available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Why I Became an Author

5703602800_cd014cc64f_n Writing is not only demanding but time-consuming. I was in the public relations business, and my days were always full, my nights a time to recover. What changed that came about because of my father’s unexpected passing. He owned a public water utility, and I had to take over its management as president. It was quickly evident that I had two choices: (1) staying in the PR business, or (2) selling it and taking over the family-owned water utility I chose the latter, and after a year of settling into the utility business I found that it was less time demanding and left me room for writing a novel.

What Makes a Good Suspense Novel?

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What makes a good suspense novel? Simple. Open with a life-threatening situation that makes you wonder how the  will deal with it. And walk them through it, scene by scene, until the threat hits and you show the characters reacting in defense, sometimes physical, sometimes emotional. For example, Shadow of Guilt opens with an arsonist out for revenge on the hero hiding in the moonlit shadows of a treeline behind the hero’s home. And there’s his wife in the house, vulnerable and unsuspecting, along with the daughter. And the hero? On a night he could’ve been home, he’s doing a fundraiser for hospitalized kids.

What’s going to happen? Will he come home on time to defend his household? Or will he be delayed by meeting with and consoling his troubled secretary after the fundraiser (another move by a suspense author, namely, introducing a complication that delays the sub-climax).

So it’s a combination of incidents and character reactions that compels the reader to want to read more, to see how this is going to turn out. But it keeps going. Sub-climax to more complication as the characters try to defend themselves.
Sub-climax as the characters react to those around them.