It wasn't without problems. It was demanding and dangerous. Denver Stone and his team knew it, but did it anyway. Someone had to take the streets back from the drug runners, and his unsanctioned team of law enforcement officers stepped up. A story of action, intrigue, humor and romance. "Credible Justice."
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Writing isn't always fun. It isn't always convenient, and certainly the work an author has to do, to back up a published book can be all consuming. Of course, I am guessing people who are experts in social media and advertising, will see things so much differently to me.
This is because I am way out of my comfort zone, when it comes to selling myself, find it difficult to post articles about myself, and hate using photos, which is why I have previously mentioned the need to have an author stand in. A younger man, plenty of hair, sexy and fit as a butchers dog. You know, the total opposite to me!
I had no idea how much self promoting I would have to do, and all of this with no guarantees whatsoever.
I am no different from other writers; in the fact I have thought about writing over the years, then suddenly the time was right. I lacked self confidence in the period before publication, which is not a good start for someone who hopes that readers will buy into their hard work.
I found myself conversing with established author Paul Anthony, who has experience of writing many books on a wide range of subjects. During this conversation, we began to discuss charities and the work he does for research into Chiari Malformation. If you look it up on the internet, you may be surprised such a condition exists; I certainly was.
It dawned on me, that if I published a book and the profits of which could go to charity, then maybe I could handle that easier than just selling myself for me!
It's exactly what I have done for my book, "Credible Justice: Fighting Back." Any profits will be shared between research into Chiari and the Police Dependants Trust. The latter because of my career in the police, until an injury on duty, necessitated my early retirement.
I mentioned early in this piece about writing not always fun, and that is true, yet something about writing the first one, made me do another!, and no doubt I will finish my third one in due course.
If, as I have found, an author writes about a subject that they have knowledge and experience of, then it is impossible not to be immersed into the storyline. Characters are based on people we know, some stories reflect incidents we know about and reliving some of the trauma can be unsettling, and yet there is something compulsive about the need to keep going.
When I read books now, I imagine what a writer may have gone through in putting those words to paper. It makes reading a lot more interesting.
Now, when I tap the keys, and promote my book via social media and other means, I take great comfort, in the fact that it's not 'all about me,' and although I still cringe, when I press the send button, the effect is nowhere as bad as it was, say, even a month ago!
All of this said, I thank all of you for your support, and every comment, every review, makes it all worthwhile.
If you wish to check out three authors who have advised me so well, Please click on link to find out more about Paul Anthony, Wane Zurl and Matt Hilton.
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There are reasons why authors are drawn to certain characteristics of people they know, have become aware of, or simply wish for someone to exist for them and the readers. Inevitably the writer and the reader can become attached to an individual, and thus wanting them to be influential within a story.
My "Credible Justice" books, of which two are now published; contain several lead characters.This is because of the team work involved in such a daring and controversial escapade. As I write this, I am reminded of someone who advised me to write about the adventures of an individual, as opposed to a number of characters. The reason for this, being that it is difficult to outline the on going actions of several people at the same time, and keep the readers locked in.
I understand that, and it is true, when my storyline, as it often does, requires moments of action, it is harder to put it all together, and describing the efforts of everyone. However, the challenge is there through necessity, and I wasn't willing to compromise my reasons for writing about such a team in search for justice. It means something to me, from my past and my present. I hope that you do enjoy the books, and that the story can fuel your imagination enough, to be able to carry the day.
Now, talking about the characters. In past blogs I have mentioned Denver Stone, his strengths and weaknesses.His toughness in the field, and his nervousness in romance. Stone would be the first to say, that his prime partner at work, Tyson Cross, is the rock he can lean on.
What do we need to know about him? Ty Cross, is a 6' 2'', African American; a picture of power and strength. He was brought up in Antelope Valley, in Los Angeles County. Struggling to find happiness at home and hiding a secret, he joined the Marine Corps, doing his basic training at Camp Pendleton. As he progressed, he joined the Marine Special Operations Regiment, which changed back to the Marine Raider Regiment, as a throwback in time to WWII. In Iraq, after several operations, he was assigned as a tactical driver to the Ambassador and visiting dignitaries. After leaving the service, he joined Homeland Security and was attached to London, in part, to set up the American end of the partnership with the Brits, in the new, but unofficial team.
Cross has his issues to cope with too, but is invaluable to the people he works with and protects. Perhaps his biggest operational fault, is that he often takes risks ahead of others and has to be reminded that firearms are the last resort. Although that has become increasingly difficult to adhere to, as the story moves from book 1 and into book 2.
I hope this insight helps you understand him, and I hope you will get to know more about him, and particularly his issues, but I can't give too much away on that point.
Thank you all again for supporting my writing, in which ever way you do. Remember any profits for "Credible Justice: Fighting Back," is for charity.
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