How many books have you published now?
I finished writing the fourth book, which will come out this fall, in October.
And what’s that called, and what can you tell me about it?
Phoenix is the story of Jason, who’s a firefighter. He was rescued from a fire as a child, and that fire killed his birth mother. He was adopted by a new family, but he doesn’t remember anything before the fire. So he doesn’t remember his first family. At the beginning of the book, he encounters a series of things that happen to him that just upset him. He then goes home to his mom to just try to get some sleep and sort things out. And his mother lets him know things she knows about his life before he was adopted that they never told him.
How interesting. And that’s how the book begins?
And that’s how he starts. He starts following what he thinks is a very short path. And every time he uncovers the next piece, he realizes there are actually three or four more pieces in front of him. And what he discovers is that, you know, the brother that died in the fire, you know, is possibly still out there. And that the fire itself is suspicious. And so he has all of these pieces he has to put together in order to find his brother and figure out what really happened.
I love the title Phoenix, obviously, out of the ashes. Rises as the Phoenix.
And Jason is the Phoenix in the story. So—
…Who finds himself. It’s another, it seems like that’s a theme—personal journeys.
I, for myself, don’t like books where the character doesn’t grow. That, you know, if you’re the same going in as coming out, then in my mind it wasn’t that significant of a happening.
This is your fourth book. Are you working on others?
I’m starting research on the fifth now.
Tell me about it if you can.
So my fifth book, which I find funny to say now. I’ve only been able to say that for, like, the past couple of weeks as we’ve gotten Phoenix in print and in hand. It’s done. It’s about a young couple who’s renovating a plantation and as they tear down some of the walls, they find things in the walls. And the brothers, so the couple, his sister is with them. And she is very focused and begins putting some of the machinery together. And they spark a huge controversy with their machine. It’s kind of sci-fi meets the firm. And I’ll leave it at that.