Trapped in a lead mine, 1000 feet below the surface of the earth, can make a man reflect on the life he almost sacrificed to outwit a man twice his age. As the mine began to crumble down around him, the thought of Fawn and the treachery her father created to separate them became a powerful reason to survive the rising waters meant to kill him.
Why write about mining in a romantic suspense novel?
After living in several mining communities throughout my life it was abundantly clear there were many stories to share. People have these preconceived notions that miners are a bunch of hicks with little concern for the environment or social graces. Nothing could be further from the truth. I lived in a small mining town in Missouri where most of the people had a master’s degree in one of the sciences. The teachers at the school ranged from Harvard and Georgetown University grads to president of the Missouri State Teachers’ Association. The miners themselves were big and strong, conscious of their duty to “The Company”. This was a place of proud individuals with eyes on the future as they lowered into a dark mine every day.
Who is Garrett Horton?
Garrett is that country boy with brains, looks and ambition that wants to rise above his station in life. Determined to not only run The Turnbough Lead Company, he plans to do it by marrying the owner’s daughter. In spite of his run-ins with the boss, Garrett comes to realize, secrets jeopardizes the safety of not only the men he’s responsible for, but the woman who holds the key to his happiness. Choosing one over the other comes with a price.
Are you planning to write more romantic suspense and will there be more stories from this mining community?
I actually wrote most of this book in about two months on a whim. The first five chapters were written years ago then got stuck in a drawer. After entering a contest I thought maybe I better write a little more on it. By that time I was up to chapter ten. Suddenly there were eight requests for the manuscript. In about a week’s time I wrote the rest of the book. Talk about sweating bullets! Most of the books I like to write have something to do with geo-political conflict. It is the Enigma Series. An Unlikely Hero was the first one. Winds of Deception is due for release this summer. I’m working on an urban fantasy now which is a lot of fun to research. No more mining stories on the horizon, but there is a prequel to The Rescued Heart resting in a box in the garage. Probably should get that out and rewrite it.
Why geo-political conflict stories? That doesn’t sound very romantic.
Imagine you’re a stay at home mom. A Libyan terrorist cell lives nearby. They think you have something that belongs to them. When they come looking for it an ex-Delta Force Captain kicks the door in to save you. Sigh. That’s why. Some of the things in An Unlikely Hero happened to me while living in Northern California. People now think I live a double life. I’m still waiting for the captain to kick in my door. I’m a geography teacher and have traveled throughout the world. I have unique up close and personal experiences I’m able to twist into my work.
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