Welcome to my site!


This is a work in progress, so expect changes as I continue to play with WordPress, but the content will always be the same: information about my writing projects.

Vacation is over, and I’m trying to catch up on things that I’ve fallen behind on, like updates to this page.

The Featured Readers for the next THC Reading Series night will be myself and several members of the THC Writers Group that I coordinate, which just started its seventh year of monthly meetings at the Tamale Hut Cafe.  When we discussed a theme for our feature, one member mentioned that the sense of smell is not one that is used much in writing.  We took up the challenge, so if you can attend the event at the Tamale Hut on October 27, you will hear some stories that we like to call “Olfactory Fiction.”  The event starts at 7pm and I hope some of you can make it.

Also, I’ve decided to attempt the National Novel Writing Month challenge again this year, also known as NaNoWriMo.  I’ve attempted this four times in the past, and each time I was successful in writing a 50,000 word first draft in 30 days.  It may be a little more challenging this year because of my unpredictable commute, but I think I’m up to the task.  I’m planning on writing book two in my Barnstormers story.  Wish me luck!

Since I’ve written a story for the theme for the October Reading Series night, I won’t be reading a Barnstormers chapter there this month, but next month I plan to read chapter 10 of Barnstormers.  It’s been a while since I’ve updated this site, so I’ve already posted chapter 10 on my Barnstormers page,  but if you’re interested in the story (and how can you not be interested in a cliffhanger serial set in the early days of aviation?) the best way to follow the story of Kiki and Bridget is to join my mailing list.  I send out an e-mail once a month with information about my writing and any literary events I might be at, and I include the next chapter of the Barnstormers story with each one.  I do post each chapter here after I read it, but subscribers to my e-mail list are already ahead of the game, as in October they will be reading chapter thirteen, which I won’t be reading at THC until early in 2019.  And did I mention it’s free?  Join today!

 

My Novels and Novelettes:

It’s been said that everyone in the world has a double somewhere. Many cultures have ancient legends of doppelgangers, or look-alikes, and the “evil twin” is a popular concept in modern fiction. With almost 7 billion people on the planet, the possibility exists that there is someone else out there who looks just like you and sounds just like you. Identical in every way. What would you do if you met that person face-to-face? Dave and Catherine Wojtowicz are on vacation in the sleepy little town of Casco Cove, an area known for its artist community, fish boils and cherry orchards. They have never been there before, so why does everyone they meet seem to recognize Catherine? And who is the woman who runs the antique store?

Casco Cove is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


 It’s 1987, and three high school friends get more than they bargained for when a former classmate involves them in a plan to hijack a local television broadcast and put their own show on the air. Soon they have the TV station, the police, the FBI, the FCC, and a band of Soviet spies trying to find out who they are as they work to decipher a message hidden inside the disrupted TV signal.

 

The Hidden Message is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


 It’s March 1926, and the usually sleepy town of Odagamig, Wisconsin is a beehive of activity. The yearlong construction of the Elysium Theater is almost finished, just in time to host the Midwest premiere of The Black Pirate, the new feature film starring Douglas Fairbanks. Politicians, reporters and other dignitaries, including Fairbanks himself, have converged on the town for the opening.

 

But not everyone is happy that Odagamig now has the premiere movie palace in northeastern Wisconsin. Theater owners in Green Bay and Oshkosh are upset that a rival chain from Chicago is moving into their area and overshadowing their own modest facilities. And the workers who are putting the finishing touches on the new facility have reported strange goings-on in the cavernous auditorium. Some even think the building is haunted.

The Opening of the Elysium is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


What would you do if you could control your dreams, and you could use them to travel back in time and space to watch real events as they happened? Would you go back to watch history unfold? Relive experiences from your past? Try to solve some of the great mysteries of our time?Set in 1983, The Sleep Detectives is the story of Tony, a grocery store produce clerk who has this uncanny ability. He’s been using it just for fun — to see his favorite bands play, to find items he lost — but now he and his friends are figuring out how to use his gift to help people, and maybe solve a crime or two along the way.

 The Sleep Detectives is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


Tony Michalik has been helping the Acme Detective Agency solve the coldest of cold cases with his uncanny ability to see real events in his dreams. Now the CIA is asking him to come to the nation’s capital for evaluation. How much does the government know about his talents? And who are the shadowy figures following him all the way to Washington? Meanwhile, a mysterious company is taking extraordinary measures to attract Tony’s attention, and others are seeking his services. Are Tony and his friends in danger?

The Sleep Detectives Go To Washington is available at Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.


A Sleep Detectives novelette! When Danny accepted a new assignment at another grocery store, located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, he never expected to have to deal with an uninhibited co-worker, a belligerent trainee, and an evening of celebration that he has no recollection of. With the help of his friend Tony, Danny must piece together the events of his lost night, and in the process, determine if one of his crew is a killer.

The Lost Night is available at Amazon.com for your Kindle.


  Another Sleep Detectives novelette! Danny is settling in at his new store when a co-worker asks him to find her missing sister. He enlists the help of his friend Dom from the Acme Detective Agency to track down the lost girl, then must deal with neighborhood gang members who don’t like him digging into their affairs.

The Lost Girl is available at Amazon.com for your Kindle.


Yet another Sleep Detectives novelette! Danny and Izzy are on the trail of a winning lottery ticket that was stolen from an elderly couple in the neighborhood, a quest that takes them from the seedy side of Riverdale to the heart of Chicago’s Division Street.

The Lost Ticket is available at Amazon.com for your Kindle.

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