November 28, 2017
Well, here we are. It’s November 28th, 2017, exactly five months to the day before I release my first novel, The Bluegrass Files: Down the Rabbit Hole. If you are reading this, you are probably already aware that it is the first in a series of mystery novels set, very specifically, in Lexington and Central Kentucky.
You may be wondering how a guy who has made his living playing and teaching music for over fifty years turned to writing novels. (Yikes!! That’s right! If you count playing weekends throughout college to keep gas in my car and beer money in my pocket, it’s been over fifty years!)
It all started when my wife, Denise, and I took a little overnight trip to lovely Asheville, North Carolina. If you’ve never been there, you’re missing something. A beautiful little city nestled in the Blueridge Mountains, it’s full of all kinds of incredible art─some street art, some museum quality. In fact, if you’re ever there, be certain to catch the Blue Spiral Art Gallery. It’s right there on Biltmore Ave. and full of wonderful stuff. In fact, there are several great galleries for you to visit. Also, if you’d like to catch lunch sitting at a real-life soda fountain counter, that’s still available in an old Woolworths that’s been turned into another, less formal gallery. I believe that’s on Haywood Street. (You’ve got to be pretty old to remember that Woolworths was the most ubiquitous “Five and Dime” in America in the ‘50s and early ‘60s). Finally, Denise insists that I tell you about the best cinnamon roll she’s ever eaten. You can catch one of those at City Bakery on Biltmore Ave.
Anyway, on the drive home, Denise and I were talking about some of the mystery novels we’d read recently. I found myself foolishly saying, “I bet I could write one of those.” We chatted about it for a good part of the trip back to Lexington. Some decisions were made. Our heroine would be named Sonia and she would be a “newbie” private investigator. She would have a competitor/love interest who would also be a PI.
Do you think you could flesh out the story from that point on? I did. It would be easy. That was August 2nd, 2015. The book comes out April 28th, 2018. You do the math.