Autumn is here, and in celebration, I will soon be releasing, via Lulu Publishing Services, my third novel, titled "In Violet." It's the tale of an easily distracted and just as easily disillusioned high school English teacher who dreams of Hollywood stardom: not in front of the camera but behind it, as a screenwriter. His inspiration is Hitchcockian, in particular the femme fatales of the cinematic master's films: dangerous or disturbed (or sometimes both) women played by the likes of Kim Novak, Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh and Tippi Hedren. His own femme fatale is a wannabe actress named Violet. But getting his screenplay written, to say nothing of getting it optioned, proves a daunting task and, in its way, dangerous, too. I hope "In Violet" will be available via Lulu or Amazon.com before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Meanwhile, my alter-ego, Barrett McCloud (author of this year's short-story anthology "Raining in Paradise") has begun work on another such collection, this one thematically linked by its characters' ill-fated love stories. Tentatively titled "Rushville," this anthology will hopefully see the light of day sometime early in 2019.
Until then, thanks for your support and for reading!