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The Evolution of the Series (3): Canaan Camp


Canaan Camp (Richard Carter #3) was the second of the series to be written. (Cold Tears, RC #2, was written as a bridge from Bonne Femme.) For best enjoyment, the series should be read in order, but each of the novels is a stand-alone story. If you happen to read one out of order, you won't be at a loss as to who these people are or what the heck happened to them before this.

I found the going easier this time. There was less redacting, but still a lot of editing. During this project, I found my "voice." That may be easier for some authors than it was for me. A key that I discovered was something I should not do, rather than something I should do. I have a good eidetic memory. I can hear what I have read—sometimes too well. While in college, a professor joked that when I wrote about Milton, my writing read a little like Milton. Also, my training is in history where the unpardonable sin is plagiarism (of ideas as well as words). The upshot is: I do not read fiction while writing fiction.

For preparation and for authenticity sake as far as the motivations, actions, and thought process of my bad guy, I kept books written by members of the FBI's behavioral science unit on hand right next to DMS-IV and "A Primer on Drug Action." These are still on the bookshelf above the worn-out keyboard upon which I wrote all ten books (so far) in the series.

I enjoyed getting to know the new characters in this story, and I enjoyed writing it. Like many of you, I suppose, if I find myself not caring about the characters in a book, I won't finish reading it. The same thing applies to my writing. I'm sure you will enjoy learning more about Jill and Richard as well as a very special young woman, Raven. I would love to share them with you.