Welcome to my author page! I write both fiction and non-fiction, as well as journalism for faith-based publications, but of course my major project right now is the Hard Cider Abbey mystery series. For information on my recent non-fiction project, Called to Serve: The Untold Story of Father Irenaeus OFM, please click the Father Irenaeus Tab. For more information on the Hard Cider Abbey series, see below or click the Hard Cider Abbey tab.
Hello readers: Lots of good things coming up! As you may know, I’m preparing for a big summer release, a full-book-length mystery featuring the monks on Stilton Mountain, tentatively titled Rattlesnake Orchard. But soon you will be able to HEAR those monks, because the audio version of Hard Cider will hopefully be out late this summer! I've been auditioning some very fine voice actors and narrators, and the process is definitely underway. I can't tell you how exciting it is to hear my work come to life like this! I'm planning to have most of the series also converted into audio, as well as my very first ebook. an Irish historical novel titled The Raven Girl.
However…after this next book comes out, Hard Cider Abbey will be going into hiatus for awhile. I’m not ending the series, and will return to it now and then, but right now, I will be branching out in a new and different direction. I’m launching a new mystery series. It’s still on the drawing board, but will be very different from Hard Cider: Set in a different time period (mid-twentieth century) and completely secular and non-religious, with history and even geography providing the various inspirations and backstories…and a female amateur sleuth. Not saying any more about it for now, but look for the first book this fall.
So this summer, I’ve cleared my schedule and will be writing, writing and writing. At the end of June I will be traveling up to my beloved St. Bona’s and Allegany, NY, for study with the Franciscan Institute. Not attending the Merton Conference this year in California, but may visit the Genesee Valley Trappists instead. And hope to travel to Nashville at the end of August to visit my daughter and attend a mystery writer’s convention there. I’m pleased to announce that I am now officially a member of Mystery Writers of America , and their New York City chapter, so I hope to learn a great deal from my association with other writers there.
The Hard Cider Abbey series