It is always an honor to be able to publish a new book and up to this time, I have only published through a large house in NYC. SCABLANDS is my first foray into independent publishing and I am proud to be represented by Wellborn Books and its CEO, Maria Morton. It is also my first stab (pun intended) at the thriller/mystery genre. The main character, Carmen Carillo is a forensic psychologist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders. But Carmen was not always the main character. I worked as a shrink for sex offenders for over 35 years and my plan was to create a male protagonist, and due to my vast experience, be able to knock out the first novel in record time. Oh writers, we can be both silly and hopeful at the same time. I found out I was far to close to the subject matter and after much deliberation, decided to try a female lead. Wow. What a lesson. I learned it is possible to be silly and right at the same time. I busted through the first draft in mere weeks. And I'm here to introduce you to the result: SCABLANDS, a work I am very proud of.
Stay tuned for more about this book and the series of books starring Carmen Carillo, as well as plenty of info about different types of offenders and therapists and prosecutors and public defenders and polygraphists and victims and families connected with this difficult subject. It is my honor and great fortune to be here, which reminds me of one other topic you may find on these pages. My patchwork of scars. I hope to answer the question: "How many times can one person be diagnosed with cancer and still survive?" Talk to you soon.