I am a member of the national, Speed City Chapter, and the GUPPY Chapter of Sisters in Crime. I am also a member, of the Florida Writers Association, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and current Florida Chapter President of the Historical Novel Society.
My published works include several short stories, and two historical mysteries. The novels are set in Lexington, KY, in the 1870's. My protagonist, Nessa Donnelly, and her brother Ness were Pinkerton Agents during the Civil War. Ness was murdered by the Knights of the Golden Circle at the end of the war. Nessa has assumed her brother's identity and built a successful career as a private detective. The novels, Circle of Dishonor and Concealed in Ash involve a turbulent time in Kentucky History and deal with deep divisions in the war torn state.
In 2011, my spouse and I formed a limited liability company to protect the rights to our work. After the publishing house that first published our novels folded we decided to take on the task of publishing our books and those of some of the other writers set adrift by the closure.
Mystery and Horror, LLC is a POD micropress, publishing less than a dozen titles a year. We take on one project at a time so each book is given our undivided attention. It is a formula that has led to award winning books.
My current writing is focused on novel set in Florida during the 1920's, titled Murder on the Mullet Express and a non fiction book about Tampa Bay during Prohibition. The latter project stems from a wealth of information collected while researching the novel.
Politicized Cuban cigar rollers and an overcrowded black ghetto simmered in the sweltering heat. Both bumped shoulders with the new Italian immigrants. Alcohol was a part of the culture, one that these hard working men were not going to give up.
Private clubs and gambling houses were everywhere. Most were run by home grown mobsters. An explosion of blues singers and jazz music set the tempo of the Tampa underworld. Between rum runners, moonshiners, illegal gambling, and crooked public officials 1920's Tampa Bay was largely ignoring Prohibition. The time and place were like nowhere else in America. I can't think of any story that would better define the Jazz Era.