BLUE SKY, DEADLY SECRETS
is the novel's title. It is a psychological thriller that
addresses many issues, but the overriding theme is dealing with terror
and terrorism. Somewhat ironically, given what has happened since
911, the terrorist group in the novel was from the Middle East and
intimidated governments and political groups with their violence.
They were secret and hidden among the citizenry.
writing the novel in 1983 as a way to work on a nightmare. I am
not subject to nightmares, so having one was unusual. I had the
notion to begin writing a story about the "nightmare event" and see
where it led.
I worked on the novel intermittently for over 10
years. I submitted a draft to a publisher who had it reviewed,
positively I might add, but stated it was inconsistent with their
portfolio. That did seem to be genuine, and not a brush off.
After all, they had paid someone to read and review the novel.
A second editor agreed to look at it and then regretfully
returned the manuscript since she was taking a job with another publisher.
A third editor read a 100 pages, liked it, but felt it needed
some additional work. At this point, probably 1999, I put the
novel away for a while. I was nearing retirement from academia
and my attentions went elsewhere.
I consider the feedback from
three, over-the-transom publishers very hopeful. That was
also the feedback I got from an English professor who was himself
published. Looking at the collective feedback, the
novel seems worthy of being published. Now that I am fully retired,
I intend, finally, to do so. After that I
have some other books in mind -- one of which is science fiction.