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 have idiosyncrasies, totally unfounded phobias that have become part of who we are. Well, what do you do with yours? Do you live with them, try to adjust to them, try to overcome or change them?
Some people enjoy the hell out of them. And that is where we find Estelle..
And now she knew the cause, so now she could justify the fear and thus not be so afraid. Estelle felt for the edges of it, almost welcoming the fear. She laughed aloud and rolled down a window letting the sultry July night air rush against her face. She let the fear settle deep within herself, becoming more familiar with it and eventually, little by little, her thoughts drifted to the job at hand, what her intentions were at Topsail, and the fear was no more.