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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday - The Ryan O'Clery Series

As my 15th book is being released this week, I am hard at work on another new series. This one, the Ryan O'Clery series, isn't intended to take the place of the Black Swamp Mysteries series but will be an additional series. This one, like my other one, will be set in Lumberton, North Carolina.

Why two series set in the same place, you might ask?

While the Black Swamp Mysteries series focuses on international intrigue and spies and features a CIA psychic spy, a CIA ground operative, a computer hacker and a political strategist, the Ryan O'Clery series will be focused on domestic crime as seen through the eyes and experiences of Ryan O'Clery, a detective with the Lumberton Police Department.

Ryan O'Clery is an Irishman who immigrates to America with his sister Claire when she wants to attend college in North Carolina. He comes from a long line of constables in the Dublin area so law enforcement is in his blood. He joins the Lumberton Police Department and as the first book opens, The Tempest Murders, Hurricane Irene is barreling toward the Carolina shores as he is investigating a series of murders.

While my agent is shopping the series, I am hard at work on the second in the series, which carries the working title of After the Tempest. We rejoin Ryan in Lumberton as he discovers another string of murders eerily similar to the first ones. Is it a copycat crime or has his nemesis survived and is back to finish the job--killing the woman Ryan O'Clery loves more than Life itself?

If you are a writer, what are you working on right now?

If you're a reader, what are you reading?