Date Published: Jun 1, 2021
Publisher: Épouvantail Books, LLC
In the jungles of coastal Mexico, twelve-year-old Kazu Danser is on the run, his bloody past haunting and attempting to be his ruination. Hot on his heals is journalist Carson Staines, a deadly madman full of blood thirst and greed, determined to first chronicle Kazu’s criminal life – and then end it. Staines must nail him down, dead or alive; the boy being worth a huge payoff.
Making a perilous crossing of the border into the States, Kazu fights for his life, desperately heading east. Entering sunburnt Florida, he teams up with a gang of Floridian street urchins, known to the authorities as, “The disposables.”
With Staines not letting up on the chase, Kazu and the other youths go on the run, fighting for their lives.
Can the Disposables and Kazu survive?
What will they have to do to stop the murderous and resourceful monster mowing through them to get to his reward?
The second part of the book takes place in the shadows of Florida, where street urchins fights every day to survive, both bodily and in spirit. In contrast to the tropical beaches and teeming vacationers, the children will do anything necessary to keep their heads above the perilous deep waters.
What is the hardest part of writing
The transition from art to craft that begins when I start working with a professional editor. This shift in focus is vital, even when it means seeing many of my darlings end up on the cutting room floor. I love the writer / editor partnership and the powerful impact it has on improving a novel.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Almost exclusively David Gilmour’s solo work. I have no idea what his songs are about and delight in his acoustic and electric guitar mastery and passion.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Not anymore. I already have enough voices and critics in my head (laughter). I look to my editor to point out grammar and continuity concerns once the manuscript is completed.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading four nonfiction titles about the 1935 Florida hurricane and the history of the Flagler railroad, which was destroyed that year. This is research for the “Chas & Gomez” novel which is the third book in the Vivre au Cinéma series.
How did you start your writing career?
On a portable typewriter and lots of index cards and number two pencils. Midway through that first novel, “Distractions,” I realized that the fictional Danser family had endless stories to tell and I’ve been their partner in crime ever since.
“City of the Dead” is scheduled for release on October 1st of this year. This is the third book in the Obscurité de Floride trilogy. I always wanted to write a story taking place entirely in a cemetery. Here’s the brief synopsis:
Jayden has just seven nights to rescue her ownership of the Cimetière du Dernier Vol. cemetery in the backwaters of Northern Florida, by any means necessary, including murder.
Welcome to her world, where life among the dead goes on forever
Jayden has the means, and certainly knows the ways. But the clock is ticking. On the seventh night, the annual Grand Soirée is to be held. If she can pull it off, her future is secure. The problem is the four chairs that she must fill as her part of the event, a planned money-making scheme involving a grim act of necromancy. Four messengers will be put to death and sent over to acquire lucrative market knowledge for the attending gullible investors.
Can anyone stop her?
Two escaped victims are trying. April Danser and her twelve-year-old criminal partner Kazu, both mangled and frightened, have only a few nights to derail Jayden’s deadly train of murder and madness. At times teaming up with other residents of the cemetery - a ghastly cast of recluses - April and Kazu are in the fight of their lives, not only to end Jayden’s deadly plans, but also to survive her repeated attacks.
Taking place during seven nights in the once famous cemetery, City of the Dead is a dance between good and evil with everything at risk, including life and sanity.
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