I was born in a small town near Boston, where I was raised on a steady diet of family, politics, and the Red Sox. After graduating from Georgetown University, I spent two years in the Army, including a year in VietNam in the 1st Infantry Division. After I got out, I worked for the Federal government in Washington, D.C. until retirement. I have volunteered as a literacy tutor, a hot line listener and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in need of assistance. I currently reside in a small city just far enough from Washington DC to be somewhere else.
The Magpie’s Secret is a thriller with a heart. It is the story of Frank Martinelli, a man who had toted up his losses in life and sounded retreat. He had lost a daughter and a marriage, and in between failed to stop a young girl from ending her life, but not before she shared a secret with him. The story opens with a visit from an old Army buddy who warns Frank that someone is out to kill him. The search for answers leads Frank back to that old secret, a secret that someone apparently wants buried with Frank. In his quest to uncover the truth, Frank finds a reason to live again . . . her name is Catherine. The problem is, if Frank can’t get to the bottom of things soon, he may not have much time left to live.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
The Magpie's Secret is a very easy book to read, yet it contains a lot of interesting characters and more than a few plot twists that continue right up to the last paragraph. Above all, I wanted to populate a book with interesting people who get you caring about what happens to them.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I never really considered any other alternative. As a first-time writer, I knew the odds were stacked against me in the traditional publishing world, whereas in the indie world I would be welcomed with open arms. E-books are emerging as a serious new force in the publishing world. Rather than spend years trying to get a traditional publisher, I chose to get out there now.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Loren Estleman, Stuart Kaminsky, Robert B. Parker, Ross McDonald, John D. MacDonald, Mickey Spillane, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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