If everything goes as planned, 2013 should be a big year for me. I intend to publish three new books before the year comes to a close, and maybe a short story or two to boot. Over the holiday season, while many people settled down for a long winter’s nap or three, I have been busy. Very busy.
I have been revising a novel manuscript I wrote a long time ago and I’m already a third of the way through it. While I’m not willing to divulge much information about its content, I will tell you it’s a Peyton McKean mystery, it involves a Native American shaman like several of my stories before it, and it takes place in part on a reservation, the Makah reservation at Neah Bay Washington in this case.
This as-yet-untitled novel is a medical thriller similar to my first and now hard-to-find medical thriller, The Jihad Virus, which appeared in print back in 2004. This new story is actually older than The Jihad Virus, dating to classwork I did in the Writing Certificate Program at the University of Washington in the late 1990s. That’s why it needs a bit of fixing. My skills as a writer have come a long way since the first draft of this one.
One nice thing about this book is that I have had the luxury of more than ten years of research into it, so my knowledge of the subject matter is pretty mature. I can even speak a few words of the Makah language. As in all of my Peyton McKean mysteries, the hero investigator is a biotechnology researcher who in doesn’t just use DNA tests — he invents them. In this case, he tangles with a new and deadly virus that appears first in Neah Bay, at the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, and begins to spread toward Seattle and the rest of the U.S. causing a deadly, rabies-like mania in its victims. Nasty stuff, but I’m banking on Peyton McKean to find a cure before the whole region is turned into a mass of wandering, zombie-like madmen and women.
That book may be done and ready to publish as early as April. After that, I’ll work on my Uncle Herb’s war story, which I am still researching. I’ll only pause now to tell you that the things I am learning about Herb’s experience make it seem like an epic.
Finally, although I have been focusing on e-books recently, I expect to bring out my original science fiction novel, Dinosaur Wars: Earthfall as a paperback volume sometime this year.
And if that’s not enough, I hope to tuck a couple of short stories in between the major works, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, I suggest you bone up on Peyton McKean, or Dinosaur Wars, by clicking one or another of the images on the right to take you where you can read some sample pages or (hint hint) buy them.