I tell everyone that I am not a novelist and to this day that is true. It may change some day but for now I am novel-less, so to speak.
The closest I have come to writing a novel is when I wrote On Borrowed Time, my book of mysteries that revolve around Detective Anderson and his private investigator agency. In the book, many of the character have recurring roles. Two of these characters are B.B., Anderson’s stunningly beautiful “Office Manager, full-charge bookkeeper, and all around do everything person” and Nate Kubrick, an up and coming young private investigator. Around mid-way in the series, I wanted to develop these characters more because they were pretty interesting and because I had plans for them later in the series. So, I decided to write a story called Into the Dark Desolate Night where they were the main characters. In fact, Anderson and his partner Coombs are not in the story, though they play heavily in the background.
Without giving away too much of the plot, I can say that the story involves B.B. more or less blackmailing Kubrick into stealing Coombs’ new car, a candy apple red Cadillac El Dorado convertible. Along the way we discover that B.B. is short for Beth-Ann Banks, her boyfriend’s name is Ray Ramundo aka Ray Ray, and that Kubrick has a juvenile criminal past that is unknown to Anderson and Coombs.
Why B.B. wants Kubrick–and only Kubrick–to steal the car is the crux of the story. In the end, though, Kubrick finds a major league Miami crime boss deeply in his debt. This is a situation that he does not relish, but he cannot get away from it.
For the record, the title of this story was the original title of the book and it fit well with the cover of the book, but after talking to a “book coach”, I figured it was too long so I renamed the book to another story. I am not sure this was the best move but I have researched the question of long book titles and it does appear the shorter titles sell better.
So far I am not sure how accurate this assessment is.
On Borrowed Time: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005H7LNDO