As writers we're always told to write what we know. This makes sense, especially to a new writer who is looking for a theme, especially fiction writers. But what about what we've done? When I wrote my mystery novels I did both, and here's why. My 26-year career in the probation system in California taught me that few people outside the field knew exactly what probation officers did. As a mystery reader, I learned that mystery writers rarely wrote about this important aspect of the criminal justice system, favoring instead the police, forensic examiners, or private investigators. Why not do a fictional novel that unfolds through the probation department in southern California? The reader will learn about an interesting branch of law enforcement while following an engaging story line.
I now have three books in the series about my female protagonist, probation officer Linda Davenport. The latest is "No Deadlier Destiny." If you haven't read the first two, no problem. Each book stands alone and "No Deadlier Destiny" will keep you turning pages until the surprising twist at the end. Linda's life is threatened by an escaped felon she helped sentence to prison. She goes into hiding and risks all she holds dear, as she struggles to save her impending marriage, and her life. My intimate knowledge of the probation system ensures you will learn about its inner workings while following a suspenseful story line. I love feedback and can be reached at: Bjfratto@aol.com
A convicted felon, bent on revenge, escapes while being transported to prison. His sights are set on all in law enforcement involved in his case. Probation officer Linda Davenport is on his list. She prepared his sentencing report which the judge followed to the letter. Now she must go into hiding to save her life, but not before a nemesis from her past comes back to stir up unhappy memories.
Readers, if you would like to see how this comes out, my latest novel, "No Deadlier Destiny," will keep you turning pages.
Check the following for a synopsis: www.outskirtspress.com/nodeadlierdestiny Available in paperback, e-book, and soon to be up on Kindle, you will get an accurate glimpse of probation while following an interesting story line. Thank you. Feedback is welcome.
Finally, my third book in my probation officer series is at the publisher. I hope to have a copy in my hand in the next few weeks. If you are a mystery reader, perhaps a cozy mystery type, you might want to try my books. Set in southern California, I write about an aspect of law enforcement that other mystery writers tend to ignore. If you've wondered what probation officers do besides supervise people, you'll learn all about it through an interesting story line. My books are available in paperback, Kindle, Nook (No Good Deed only), and an e-book from my website.
Now will come the hard part, marketing. If you authors out there have any good tips for marketing, please let me know. I have done quite a bit on my own but am always open to new ideas. I suppose if you're James Patterson you don't have to worry about that, but since I'm not, I need to get the word out. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Louisa Clark is so lovable. No matter what befalls her, she manages to land on her feet. She has left London to accept the job of an assistant to the wealthy Mrs. Gopnik in New York city. Mr. Gopnik left his wife of many years to marry Agnes, a beautiful, but poor, Polish lady, whom he met in a massage parlor. She is accepted by no one in the Gopniks' circle, and especially not by her stepdaughter, or the other hired help. Louisa must accompany her everywhere to be the buffer that Agnes needs. Louisa is also trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with Sam, the paramedic who saved her when she fell from her rooftop apartment building. In the meantime she meets Josh, a deceased Will Traynor look-alike, who seems to like Louisa a little too much. When her first reunion with Sam goes awry, she begins to be tempted by Josh. When she does one too many favors for Agnes, it costs her her job. Jobless and homeless, and hurt by Agnes's betrayal, Louisa manages to forge a new life for herself, using her wits, talents, and the help of Mrs. DeWitt, an ornery old lady who also lives in the same building. Do Louisa and Sam call it quits? Does she end up with Josh? Too much more would ruin the many twists and turns this book takes. Could not put this book down yet didn't want it to end. I hope Ms. Moyes keeps writing!
The Doyle and Acton series is getting a bit similar in plot but the characters are so engaging I can overlook it. Kathleen Doyle is still pregnant and still trying to solve mysterious murders. Her cohorts, Williams and Munoz, seem to be involved in a secret investigation of their own. Lord Acton, spouse of Kathleen, is also knee deep in investigations that will overturn a great portion of the police department once completed. He's also fighting for the right to his title when a lawsuit is filed saying he is an impostor. Mix this all in with a santero who recognizes Kathleen's other-worldly abilities and fears being in her presence, and you have a strange and interesting mystery, which of course, wraps up completely in the end.