Please welcome my Wednesday guest, Richard Brawer. Richard writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time exploring local history. He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife.
Before retiring I commuted an hour and twenty minutes to New York City by train. To fill the time I read a newspaper in the morning and books on the ride home.
One day I read a horrendous news story about a father whose child was born with a brain impairment, and he refused to take him home from the hospital. The nurses were outraged, and their disgust was quoted in the story. Nothing was mentioned about the mother. That’s when my imagination took over and I asked myself, “What happened to the child? Where was the mother?”
With mysteries being my favorite genre, I took those thoughts and began making notes. The notes turned into paragraphs and the paragraphs into chapters. Thus my first novel, The Nurse Wore Black, was born.
Now I had a book, but what do I do with it? Being a complete novice, I did the usual things most new writers do. I sent out query letters to agents and received a stack of rejections. Lamenting my woes to a friend, he told me about a local independent publisher in the town next to mine. Excited, I dropped in cold to their office. Two weeks later they said they wanted to publish my book. Wow!
When I saw the finished product, the “Wow” factor fell into the depression factor. The cover was not well done and leafing through the book I saw a number of typos. The publisher had never discussed the cover with me nor did they give me a proof of the formatted book. At the time I didn’t know enough to ask for them. As far as I knew, I thought the publisher would do the editing as well as create a proper cover. Needless to say, I did not send this book out for reviews nor did I push to sell it. It was an embarrassment.
The moral: Make sure you are pro-active in every phase of your book’s production from editing, to layout and design of the cover.
The Nurse Wore Black has been rewritten and re-titled, Secrets Can Be Deadly, and is now the first story in my trilogy, Murder at the Jersey Shore, featuring detective David Nance. The three-book volume is available on Amazon. See the link below.
Read more about Richard and his books at his website: http://www.silklegacy.com
His latest book is Love’s Sweet Sorrow, a romantic suspense novel. Love and faith are tested when Jason and Ariel are caught in a battle to expose smugglers selling weapons to terrorists.
Blurb for Love’s Sweet Sorrow:
It is said opposites attract. There can’t be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America's largest weapons manufacturer.
Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.
As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile who she has been to who she has become. Delving deeply into hers and Jason’s long-held opposing convictions, she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.
“Exciting thriller and love story extraordinaire!” Mortimer
“Excellent writing, impeccable plotting, and nicely developed characters. Shoshana Hathaway
“Your writing is very strong, and you have developed a gripping story.” The Writer’s Edge
“The characters and the plot were both extremely well-crafted.” S. Lynn
Read the full reviews at Richard’s website: http://www.silklegacy.com or the Amazon page for this book.
Love’s Sweet Sorrow is available in a trade paperback and e-book wherever books are sold.
Trade Paperback: $11.99
A couple of the more popular links:
B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119960392?ean=2940149824779
Also can be ordered from any bookstore by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2
Love’s Sweet Sorrow is published by Vinspire Publishing. http://www.vinspirepublishing.com
Links to Murder at the Jersey Shore and his social networks:
Murder at the Jersey Shore link: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-at-Jersey-Shore-ebook/dp/B004M5HI86/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1317582787&sr=1-1-spell