The journey of writing my first mystery novel One Hand Killing, about murder in a monastery—which I thought would be easier than any other work of fiction, Ha!—has been long and enlightening. I think I started writing it sometime back around the turn of this century (it’s so weird to think of it that way!) and had the idea much before that.
I’ve had so much help along the way including a writing class, a writing group, literary agents, editors, designers, and countless friends and readers, I can’t even begin to imagine how I could ever have done this alone. They say writing is a lonely art, but it definitely can’t be done in a vacuum.
During this time, the manuscript sat in a drawer for a few years after the book industry went through a metamorphosis and my agent couldn’t find a publisher. Then a couple years ago I decided to self-publish it, which had then become all the rage. After completing the second installment of the series last year, I worked with a new editor, rewrote One Hand Killing once again, and hired a new cover designer. So, finally, the latest and what I hope is the final version of this book is now available in e-book form and will be in paperback sometime soon.
I’ve learned a thing or two along the way about writing fiction and the second in the Alex Sullivan Zen Mystery series, Killing sacred, will be published in March. And I already have the third one brewing in my mind.
I owe so many of you a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you for being there, for being interested and for your contribution to my life and my writing. Even if you don’t think you helped in this effort, trust me, you all did. Deep bows to all.
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