"You have wrote two more books since I last talked with you. Tell me about Desert Shock and The Pottery Sale."
"Love to. Desert Shock is the sequel to Deflection about a crime near Tucson that leads to someone in the white house. Of course, there is a surprise ending. The Pottery Sale is a continuation from my book Where Did They Go? Once again the female protagonist finds herself in another world. Because I wanted to emphasis pottery making I enlisted the expertise of my sister who is a well-known potter on the Oregon coast. This is another Nanowrimo book that I wrote 50,000 words in 16 days. It has now hit 65,000+ words.
How much research did you do for either book?
I wanted Desert Shock to be a reminder that our electronics are fragile and human brain power is better adept at solving a mystery. It's a tale of what happens when man thinks he is all powerful only to be subdued by Mother Nature. The main crime, dismemberment, was something that actually happened. From that crime, I created my story.
As to The Pottery Sale, I had my sister help me with the steps of making pottery that shows up in chapter 10. I love the little character, a gnome, I created in Where Did They Go? and wanted to expand on him. I researched Norse mythology and local Shoshoni indian tales. Many items used in this fantasy tale have happened to me. Such as the light fixture falling in the hallway or the egg exploding or the Corel dish cracking apart. And the town of Firth, Idaho is real. The story ends at Halloween time. Since Nanowrimo ended, I added a short Christmas story to the end of the book.
I know that Desert Shock has already been out, but when will The Pottery Sale be released?
Digital formats will be published in the first week of January 2017. The paperback will be released toward the end of the month in January.
So, what's next in store for Detective Blackhawk and Susan Edwards?"
Alex has promised his wife they will take a trip to Mars. Susan is taking a cruise. Wait and see.