1. Tell me briefly about your latest book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
In The Wind – A Tom Myers Mystery is the first book in a series of novellas featuring Tom Myers, the sheriff of Sommersville, Georgia. Although this is the first book in the series, Sheriff Myers and his deputies have appeared in my novels Evil Ways and Deadly Games! and will also make a brief appearance in the upcoming Evil Intent novel before their second stand-alone novella comes out in 2021.
In In The Wind, an FBI/US Marshal task force has stashed Bates Hewell in a safe house in Sommersville. Hewell is the star witness in the RICO case being built against Antonio Manelli, head of the Manelli crime family, an organization with a long history dating back to the 20’s. When armed mercenaries attack the safe house, the agents are killed, save for two that are wounded. Bates Hewell escapes into undeveloped Sommersville County with trained killers on his tail.
Sheriff Myers is understandably upset that the feds used his county without informing his department, but he sets that aside and begins a search to recover the missing witness before those sent to kill him. When Tyson Monroe arrives, also on the hunt for the witness, Myers is skeptical. Is Tyson Monroe there to help or hinder his manhunt?
2. How have your sales been?
Sales are okay. They can always be better. I am always working on ways to reach new readers.
3. You’ve chosen self-publishing. How have you liked it so far? Talk about some of the positives and negatives you’ve encountered.
I added self-publishing to my publishing plans a few years back. I still work for traditional publishers, both small press and larger publishers, but there are certain types of stories I want to tell that the publishers I work with aren’t as interested in telling. So I set up BEN Books to do those stories in the manner and format that works best for those stories. Most of my BEN Books releases are crime/action thrillers like the new Tom Myers series, the Snow series, and novels like Evil Ways, Deadly Games!, Suicide Bomb, and more. It allows me to own and control my IPs and also do work for hire at other publishers. The best of both worlds. Continue reading