Between the Lies is HERE!

I’m so excited to announce my new book, Between the Lies, is now available in print and as an e-book!

Over the next few days, I want to share some things about the book that may add to your reading experience — or, if you’re not sure you want to read it, may convince you to!

I guess technically this book was about 15 years in the making, starting with the mafia’s attack on a Ukrainian accountant named Dmitry. I met Dmitry about 10 years ago and learned his extensive injuries were a message to his company to “stop looking for the money” that was missing. His story stayed in my head, and when I had the chance to participate in an author’s auction — people bid on authors to write them 3 chapters of an original story — I began writing a fictional version of Dmitry’s story. After the 3 chapters were delivered to the person who “bought” them, I realized I didn’t want to stop there. I moved the beating event to Bulgaria because, after doing some research, found that this country still has a strong mafia presense.

For the US part of the story, I chose the small town of Canyonville, Oregon, where my best friend lives. When I visited there, I knew this was the place I wanted to set most of my story. I’ve included real places — Ken’s Sidewalk Cafe, Canyon Cafe, Ray’s, and the Seven Feathers Casino — and fictionalized others. The bed and breakfast is based on the dorm of a Christian school; the community center in the story is actually a church next to the dorm. And some of the places mentioned on Bainbridge Island, Washington, are real as well, right down to the aisles of the Safeway. Fictional St. Eustachius University is my remaking of Seattle Pacific University. My friend and I visited the campus, spoke with some of the professors, and looked in classrooms and offices.

I love mixing the real with the fictional, so I tried hard to be as accurate as possible with details I knew people could check. Some places, like the Canyonville Library, had to be fictionalized; the real library is quite tiny from what I understand. The library I described is really more like the first library I ever went to as a child many (MANY) years ago in equally small-town Norfolk, Massachusetts.

I hope that if you’ve ever visited Bainbridge Island, Canyonville, or even Norfolk, you’ll see places I’ve fictionalized as well as those I kept as real as possible.

Enjoy!

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