Friday, September 8, 2017

Writing What You Know

Many have said, "Write what you know," but then there'd be no novels about vampires, werewolves, aliens, etcetera.

Or possum shifters.

But... on occasion I do have reason to write what I know, as in the pharmaceutical world of the Diversion novels. Summer Boys is based on a Hawaiian vacation from a few years ago. More recently, I've revamped one of my earlier works that, at the time was deemed contemporary, but is now "recent historical", taking place in the years 2000 and 2001.

At the time the novella is placed, I was working in El Salvador. Like Mitch in the story, I wasn't there for the 7.8 earthquake that devastated the country, but I was there for the 6.0 and the many aftershooks mentioned. While those were dangerous times, I also tried to capture the beauty and ambiance of the country. There's even a nod to my favorite breakfast there: beans and plantains.

In the story a materialistice man, used to creature comforts, must decide what he truly needs to survive. Look for it on Saturday, September 16, from Rocky Ridge Books.



Blurb:

Dr. Arnulfo Oliva is torn: he could stay in the United States, but he vowed to return to his home country and practice medicine in the remote villages that offer little to no healthcare. Mitch doesn’t need him, not really; he’s surrounded by wealth and possessions.

Rising star Dr. Mitchell Rollins enjoys his lavish lifestyle, and if Nulfo wants to turn his back on all they could have together, let him. Mitch doesn’t even miss him. Much. Or think of him—more than five times an hour.

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocks El Salvador and both men. Mitch joins a mercy mission, determined to find his former lover, talk sense into the man, and bring him back to the US and safety. What he finds opens his eyes to all Nulfo tried to tell him.

Mitch must decide what he truly can’t live without.


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