Where are the stories in your books set?
If you've ever wanted a verbal trip through the Southern United States, my books will provide you with a tour of some of the most endearing places in the South. From Day One originates in Selma, Alabama, where the Winters family was born and raised. From Selma, you’ll travel to Atlanta, Georgia as Vera finally ventures out of her hometown to begin a new life. In the meantime, Ruth goes off to Ole Miss, where she meets the love of her life. Marc Winters marries his high school sweetheart and advances from Selma to Birmingham. Meanwhile, Matthew sets his sights on a college (University of Florida) in Gainesville, Florida.
Other stops along the way include: New York City, New York; Miami, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Tallahassee, Florida; Kiawah Island, South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana and eventually, the island of Oahu and Honolulu. In the subsequent books your journey continues with adventures on the Big Island of Hawaii, Maui and a virtual tour of the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. Are you jet lagged yet?
Are the characters mentioned in the books real?
All three books in the "Day" Trilogy are fictional, as are the bulk of the characters, but…some of the characters are loosely based on real people, and as I tell everyone: “Their names have been changed to protect the guilty.” There are some “real” characters in the books, and you will readily know who they are. They’re folks like: John F. Kennedy, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimmy Hoffa, Fidel Castro, and the like.
The final word on this question is that they are all real in my mind, and as you get to know them, I hope they become real to you.
Were these stories based on actual cases?
In some instances, yes, but for the most part they presented themselves in the crevices of my mind. In The Final Day: All Clear you meet a character named David Carter, and you will read about a crime he solved on the East Coast of Florida. That particular case is real, as is David and his involvement in solving that particular murder. But while David is real, some of his “attributes” are altered; he only wishes he were 6 feet 2 inches tall. (Sorry David…I won’t tell anyone else.)
What period of time do these stories take place?
The Trilogy begins in the late 1920’s. From Day One ends in 1960, so it’s roughly a span of 40 years. Day After Day picks up where From Day One ends and carries the reader through 1980. The Final Day: All Clear concludes in the 1990’s.
Do you plan to write more books?
I will stop writing when I’m resting in Jesus’s arms, so the short answer is “yes”. I am currently working on a non-fiction book about dementia, which has a working title of “Dementia: A State of Mind”. This non-fiction work is to honor and comfort all the adult children who are coping with the various forms of memory loss in their own families. I am collecting stories from friends and acquaintances who have lived or are living in that situation and am adding my own personal experience since my mother suffered TIA’s (mini-strokes) and as a result suffered with dementia until her death.
On the fiction front, I introduce a new character in The Final Day: All Clear named Heather Howell. She will be my ingénue and heroine for subsequent books on crime and suspense.
Will you do another trilogy?
I want to say “no” (way), but I've learned to never say never. My thought is to have Heather Howell involved in several books, without relating one book to the other. But…as I have also learned, my characters tend to create their own scenarios, take on lives of their own, and if Heather wants a trilogy, she may just get one. Personally, I’m hoping she’ll be happy with a series.