Since last April, I’ve released a fourth novel in the Circle City Mystery Series entitled, Purged. It went a little darker than the other three. Although, homicide is dark in its own right, I took a chance and went into the mind of a delusional serial killer. Believe it or not, this takes a lot of time and energy.
To research the mindset of such a human being, is essential to making sure he/she is depicted properly. In my college days, I studied human behavior; however, psychiatrists and psychologists have redefined mental illnesses since that time. In addition, as my readers know, I want to make sure my novels are as accurate as possible.
Then, I needed to know about the religions that were “butting heads” for lack of a better term. I was raised a Christian, so I felt well versed in that religion. I knew about the Wicca religion and had read about it, but needed to become entrenched in it to show my audience exactly what the Wiccans believe and why. I also wanted everyone to understand the similarities in these religions and to do both sides justice. As we all know, there is good and bad in every circle, whether religious, political, or familial.
My hope is that readers will see that I’m not bashing religion, but am showing how sometimes humans can take a beautiful thing and distort it to bend to their needs. I also hope readers will see that, in this country at least, we have the freedom to believe as we choose and our liberty and pursuit of happiness should not be marred because of this choice. I’ve always contended that it’s easier to sway someone to your beliefs by gentle persuasion. Beating them over the head, literally or figuratively, might make them say they yield, but it won’t change their minds. It will only make them hate and look for a way to get the upper hand one day.
That said I hope you will read Purged and let me know what you think. Thus far, it has been getting rave reviews and I’ve been told it’s my best work yet. It’s available on Amazon in print ($14.95 retail, but could be less) as well as Kindle eBook ($2.99). Of course, any bookstore can order this novel in print for you upon request.
I hope you don't fault me for the shameless plug, but I am an author and in order to continue to do what I love, I need to sell books. Of course, my greatest joy is to hear from readers and to know they hunger for more. Your satisfaction inspires me. Thank you!
Until next time...