“A better way to write complex characters is, ironically, to simplify them.” —Dana Bate
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” —Gloria Steinem
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Recruited by the U.S. Military, Professor Richard Merlo and his assistant, Omorose Nasser, are transported from their paranormal studies at University to the middle of the Arizona desert, investigating a haunted military outpost abandoned decades before. The academics soon find themselves in over their heads, investigating a spectral murder at the invisible hands of the entities that have made a deactivated missile silo their home. The hunters soon become the hunted, caught between non-corporeal hostiles and a military unit comprised of supernatural soldiers in a battle to prevent an ancient evil from unleashing a very modern Armageddon on the innocent.
USAF Veteran and retired criminal investigator C.E. Martin lives in the American Midwest with his wife and two daughters, embellishing accounts of supernatural and paranormal happenings he has personally experienced or heard of over his career to create over-the-top tales of two-fisted Pulp action. When not writing or spending time with his family, C.E. can be found binge-watching sci-fi series and modern B-Movies, battling virtual villains on X-Box, or biding his time until the next trip to the gun range.
I’ll confess I didn’t know what I was going to write after the White Rabbit Trilogy. Or if I was going to write anything at all.
I knew I wanted to try my hand at thrillers. I knew I wanted to write a roughly three book series.
But after that I had nothing,
I tried to do a hard brainstorm what I could do after Red Herring was out — after spending some time deciding if I was going to continue writing thrillers or if I was going to genre hop. I decided to stay in the thriller realm though I do have some sci-fi/fantasy projects planned. Those will be graphic novels, however. I also have some dark erotica stuff planned but those are short story collections. More on that later.
As far as novels went, I was going to stay in my lane (while swerving and veering and reversing and double parking, of course).
Like with White Rabbit, the seed began with a character. In both White Rabbit and Black Swan, vague references to Tess’ deceased father are made throughout. But in Red Herring, he finally gets a name
And it was in naming him that I got the idea for my new series.
So if you haven’t guessed by now, it centers on Stone.
Wait, Stone is dead you say?
Take a little trip with me. We’re going back in time here to a dark and twisty time and place: New York City in the 80’s.
I came to New York in the last 80’s so much of this is wonderfully nostalgic for me.
And challenging. No internet, no cell phones, no Wu Tang. The New York I live in now looks starkly different (in most places) from the one I’m writing about, but the whole process of (re) discovering an unearthing “old” NY (and I use the term ‘old’ here to mean anything pre Guiliani and the Disneyfication of Times Square) has been inspiring.
I remember hearing countless stories about New York before I moved here. We were in Ft. Dix at the time and on the way to Hawaii (army brat remember?). My mom’s best friend didn’t make it sound like a good place to live. But when you’ve bounced around the globe for your entire childhood, at some point going to a whole new place is just not that big of a deal.
New York was everything I imagined it to be and so much more. It wasn’t exactly love-at-first-sight, but it was a love that grew into a blaze over the years and still burns brightly, even after decades of living here.
New York has changed so much over the past 30 years and yes, sometimes I get nostalgic for the old-school grime. I’m definitely guilty of romanticizing the New York of old so I thought: what better way to pay tribute than to do a series set in that place and time?
Now I want to make one thing clear. This is NOT a prequel. Stone is definitely his own man in his own world. The events in these books predate most of the White Rabbit characters by at least a decade. There may be one or two familiar faces from the White Rabbit trilogy, but they aren’t central to the plot and they won’t be around to play for long.
Book 1 of the new series is underway. Stay tuned for more details.