I began writing after the economic meltdown of 2008. My paintless dent repair business began to dry up, and as I watched other businesses close, I knew I wouldn't be far behind. Writing gave me purpose, something to do in my off-hours, It took me into another time, taking my mind off the disheartening present. And I learned something important in the process. Writing is just as hard as physical labor, the main difference being its much harder to get paid!
It's been a learning process from those shaky beginnings to now. Refraining from publishing all but Nor'easter allows me to add material and sometimes correct what I've already written. My searches through background material often turn up information that sheds light on long ago happenings, many of which were never properly recorded. As I gain insight into the ebb and flow of my stories, I can fine tune them and make them more historically accurate, an advantage lost once they're published.
It took ten years for me to write the five manuscripts, of which I chose Nor'easter—book number four in the series—for my first publication. It was my way of remembering the quadricentennial of the Pilgrims 1620 landing at Plymouth Rock. Nor'easter is no longer available. It has been re-written, enhanced, and expanded into Part Four of a three-book series. My first published book of that series is Thunder Snow & Dry, Rain, now available on Amazon Books. The sequel, due to be published next year, is Heat Lightning & Nor'easters, of which my first published book is the basis.