This story began six years ago...

Six years ago today I pushed publish on Likely Suspects. What followed has been incredible. It hasn’t all been easy or fun. A lot of obstacles, expected and unexpected, have crept up along the way, but overall, it has been a rewarding experience. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life, and I learn more and more each day. I love hearing from readers, and I’m glad there are other people in this world who enjoy my characters and stories as much as I do.

In two days, the fifteenth novel in the Alexis Parker series (Purview of Flashbulbs) will be released. Fifteen novels in six years doesn’t seem like much, but that’s just the Alexis Parker series. There are currently four novels in the Julian Mercer series, a few prequel novellas, and seven (nearly eight) rough, unpublished manuscripts in what I’m hoping will eventually be a new series.

When I completed Likely Suspects, that seemed like a huge accomplishment. And it was. If I had never finished that book or decided not to share it with the world, none of these other things would have happened. Honestly, pushing publish that first time was terrifying, but I’m glad I did it. And there is still so much more I want to do and so many more stories I want to tell. I hope you’ll stick around to read them.

In some ways, writing has changed me, and in other ways, it’s been my saving grace. This career began on a hope and prayer. It was actually nothing more than a whim, just something to pass the time while I figured out what to do. I graduated college with one goal in mind, and when that didn’t happen, I was lost. I always loved to read and had been making up stories in my head since I was a child, but writing was never anything I seriously considered. Perhaps if I had, I would have been a literature or journalism major instead. When I decided to write, the shootout in Martin’s estate was the only scene that immediately came to me. I don’t know why, but that’s what I imagined and I knew that was my story. Two weeks later, I was just messing around, scrapping page after page, and Alex emerged out of the mess. Mark was next, and then Martin. At the time, I barely knew them, but they were a part of me.

Now I know these people. I live with them. Sometimes, they have conversations in my head that never make it onto the page, but that doesn’t get them to shut up. Their actions and inactions drive me crazy, but they continue to grow an evolve, just as I hope my writing has. And to think, this all started with one scene that would become a book that would become a series that would result in me finding my way in this world. Happy Birthday, Likely Suspects. And thank you for reading. I wouldn’t be able to do this without you.

If you want to follow up with Alex’s latest case, don’t forget to grab a copy of Purview of Flashbulbs, coming March 28th.
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Published on March 26, 2019 00:33 Tags: alexis-parker, likely-suspects, mystery, new-release, thriller, writing-career
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