I used to give a flip answer---that I bought them from a little shop in Ellicott City, the charming old town just down the road from my house.
Now I tell the truth. If you’re a writer, ideas for stories whirl around in your mind all the time. You just have to choose which ones you’re going to develop.
Until a few years ago authors were restricted to writing the stories publishers wanted to buy. Now there are no restrictions. You can write anything you want, publish it yourself, and sell your work to readers.
This month, I’ve put several of the above titles together into a DECORAH SECURITY COLLECTION that’s doing really well on Amazon.
Indie publishing is a wild ride with some big advantages and also some disadvantages. Nobody tells you how long to make the book. If you have an idea that will work better for a short story than a novel, you can go write and publish it. And nobody censors you. If your bad guys tend to use the F word when they’re angry, they can sling the trash talk with the best of them.
Then there’s the book cover. Over the years, I’ve been disappointed by so many of the covers my publisher has provided for my books. Now I get to pick the guy, the pose and the background. It’s exactly MY vision of my story, which is more satisfying than you know.
And it doesn’t matter if romantic suspense is “in” or “out” or if an editor wants paranormal or not. I can do it my way.
There are frustrations in the self-publishing business. But the control over my work outweighs them. Next up in the DECORAH SECURITY series is ON EDGE, a prequel telling how Frank Decorah got to be the head of Decorah Security.
I’ve got a couple more projects on the drawing boards as well, which means there’s lots more work for me ahead. And I hope a lot more reading fun for you.