As I grow older and work fewer days, I have more time to explore new hobbies. Writing and publishing books for friends has become a past time, and a challenge. Charlie was my Father-in-law and told many stories of his life which we compiled into the book "Old Charlie", Lettie's Life is an interview of a family member about life in the early west.
The Trout Pond is my latest mystery novel, one I have enjoyed writing and is helping me to learn to write better. Written in 27 days and then improved on during the following year I hope to have a second edition with the added improvements before the end of the year, so be sure and get a copy of your first edition before the changes.
My second new book, Caves and Cavers of the Southeast, is all caves, stories of my experiences and how many of us became interested in caving.
My Short Story collection is where the ideals start and I may go back to them to develop a novel. I remain just a wanna-be-writer.
I hope that you enjoy reading the following stories as much as I enjoyed bringing them to you.
Fiction, drawn from experiences growing up in the 50's and living in the mountains. This book is about exploration and adventure, about young people having fun and getting to know each other.
Matthew, Clair, John, and Joann had grown close in the small Tennessee town, playing along with the mountain and the river that flowed into the nearby lake. The Lost Treasure of Grassy Cove is the third in the series “Drawn to Darkness.” A few items in a box start the group off on another adventure.
Unexplained lights on the side of the mountain were only the beginning of strange things that stirred up the residents of the small east Tennessee community. Matthew, Clair, John and Joann, the characters of "Drawn to Darkness", try to solve the mystery on the mountain.
Martin looked around at the strange landscape; the trees were weird, like none he had never seen before. Large leaves and jungle vines hanging from all of them. Then he remembered the flash. Matthew, Clair, John, and Joann join up with Martin and Sue to hike for a week on the Appalachian Trail in North Georgia. At the top of Hawk Mountain, they run into trouble when something or someone scares them. Ed, retired and living alone, hikes the trail and searches Hawk Mountain for Indian artifacts. If hikers on the AT get too close to his diggings, he will try and scare them off. Ed, who had been watching the group after hearing the uproar and shouting, moved behind a tree to see what would happen, he thought he heard the word ‘Gold’ and wanted to learn more!
Investigator Brian Williams accepts a new position that leads him into the dark side of the life insurance business. Murder sometimes has a motive, life insurance, as Brian soon finds out. Brian and Carol discover that life in Chicago is fast paced and full of surprises.
The Rock started me thinking about life and experiences in life that helped me and may help others. If a rock could listen and learn, think of all the wisdom, it would collect over the years.