Donald B. Beere  |  Retired


          A Soon to be Published Novelist
BLUE SKY, DEADLY SECRETS is the novel's title and will be published in 2019 through Cardon Books. 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.

I started 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.