Thallasophile - lover of the ocean.
That's me. I have a strong affinity for that entity and express those feelings through my writing--my books. They may span many genres but are all connected to the place I call home.
Genres published: historical fiction, literary, murder, essays--they all are set on Topsail Island where I grew up. It is my way of perserving this wonderful place and the people with whom I share my life.
The first book in the Murder by the Sea series is WATERLOGGED. Don Belkin is a former Marine, now a detective with the Surf City Police Dept. He's a conflicted man, to say the least, as he struggles to accept his past and find solace in the small beach town. Bitterness runs deep between the locals who have populated the area for generations and the "new" folks who think they've found paradise. Oh, Topsail Island may be the perfect tourist attraction, but in the summer it's just plain MURDER. (there are 5 more books in the series)
We all love and sometimes that love is so profound that there are simply no words. I think that is when love moves into the realm of spirituality. Some have a place where they find this, revel in it, and even bask. Mim's place is the ocean.
Looking out at the waves curling their way to the shore, Mim tilted her head back and swallowed the crisp soda pop to half full. "Ah," she grinned, focusing on the expanse before her. It had been three years since she’d come back from Detroit. "I took it all for granted,” she said aloud, “I truly live in paradise.” The feeling warmed in her belly and though she had tried, there were never words to explain that feeling. Love just wasn’t a good enough word for what she felt about the ocean or about Topsail Island. Maybe to some it was a playground, and yes, she could understand that. But to her, it was her church.
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