NEWS & EVENTS
A Present for Kainani
December 1, 2022
I had an inkling, an idea to write a Christmas story, something different, something novel, and decided to do so in a way, as a tribute, an ode to Charles Dickens who also wrote an idea that he had: He started to write A Christmas Carol at the end of October 1843 and published it six weeks later, written quickly, as his biographer referenced, in a white heat.
With trepidation I began, knowing full well the task at hand, wrote the first few pages on November 9, 2022, then with very little time remaining till December, dove headlong into the task grinding out the bulk of the story in two weeks.
The goal was a novella, half a full-length novel. Like Dicken’s classic, 28,000 words in length. Since this book is set in Hawaii, it’s half a book, a hapa.
I completed it on November 30, 31,000 words, 138 pages and released it on December 1, 2022.
I’ve been all around these islands, walked through jungles, around shores, with luck lived and worked for a short time in Kalaupapa, hands in the dirt, bare feet on sandy shores, meeting all the people who also lived and worked there.
I had no idea where this story would end up when I started, a single small gold nugget of an idea, spread out on these pages like gold on elvish paper, and as it is with all stories taking on a life of its own.
This is my 14th book, and I think my most favorite ever.
A couple of months ago I got an e-mail from Sam Boush at Mystery and Suspense Magazine. He saw my new book Poets and Philosophers, and asked if I would write a feature article for their magazine. I agreed and sat down and wrote an article titled 'Anatomy of a Crime Noir'. I sort of forgot that I even wrote it, and he sent me an e-mail today telling me that it made the front page of this month's edition of the magazine:
I released Poets and Philosophers on Monday Sept. 13, 2021. On Wednesday I placed an ad with Amazon, on Thursday the book was BANNED. (Well, not really banned from selling it on Amazon, they just banned me from advertising due to the disturbing nature of the cover. But, at the time I thought this is great since it's every authors dream to be banned because that means you're stirring things up a little too much for the establishment elite rulers. If only I could be banned by an entire country...)
This is my 12th book. I started writing it in January 2021. It's about a Black cop and a White cop and a crime to solve.