THE BOOK CONTRACT HAS BEEN SIGNED!
From David Hunter
There are inevitable stages in the development of a novel: usually an author has an idea for a book, which is pitched to a publisher – either as an idea or finished manuscript — who turns it down or agrees to read it; if the publisher likes the book, the practical details are discussed; and if all goes well, a contract is signed to make it official.
I am delighted, at long last, to announce that the contract for “Tempest in a Blaze of Glory,” my fourth novel about a fictional deputy sheriff by the name of Shiloh Tempest (who only coincidentally is also a novelist) in a series set in Knox County, Tennessee, which is a real place, but in my novels is populated with fictional characters, a fact made very clear, even before you read it.
Not so coincidentally, I once worked for the real Knox County Sheriff’s Office, which was then called the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. In this latest Shiloh Tempest novel, my central character has now risen to the rank Chief Deputy.
In real life, I never rose that that high in rank — unlike my younger brother Larry who retired from KCSO as a captain. I only rose to detective, which was a pay grade of sergeant.
Literary critics generally call my novels police procedurals or just plain mysteries, because even cops I worked with who think I put on airs, generally admit I know my way around investigations.
The contract I just signed is the nineteenth in my career (fiction, nonfiction and memoirs) and has been in the works longer than most due to a severe bout of depression, the loss of a second job I loved, and a pandemic that came along and interrupted my latest novel.
The characters in my Shiloh Tempest series came into existence in 2008 from Tellico Books, and the next three from my current publisher, Oconee Spirit Press (OSP) that was founded by friends who asked me to write their first book in 2011 (“From Here To Absurdity: Pink Flamingos, Vibrators & And Other Comical Events”). This is my fifth book from OSP, plus their reprint of the e-book version of “Tempest at the Sunsphere.”
My characters in the Shiloh Tempest novels have continued to evolve with every book and my loyal fans have continued to ask for the next book in the series. In my opinion, “Tempest in a Blaze of Glory” is the most complex and certainly the most controversial because the theme is gay marriage.
As the book opens, Todd Aiken a former Army Ranger who had twice tried to murder Shiloh in a previous novel is released from the psych ward in which he has been treated, and a gay minister is slain at his own church. Is it a hate crime? Is it personal?
The novel is fictional but the theme has been in the news. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do. I’ll let you know when we have a publication date. At the moment all we can say is “hopefully, sooner than later.”
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