“Mother Warned You” is a violent dose of reality with a Christian message throughout. Adult content, just enough to make it real, also make it interesting. Before you ever get to read it, I want to say that I never had any formal training as a writer. I have heard that a little of the author goes into every character. I’m sure that is natural. Teachers also tell you to write about what you know. I did just that. Those are dismal thoughts for me to digest, but, oh well, if you knew me better, you’d see me throughout the book. I managed to move about the country so much, that I’d be gone from an area before too many got to know me well. Lots of good people only knew me as a roofer or a carpenter. Some only knew me as “Snakeman”. That was all they needed to know. I kept snakes for many years and still have three.
Of course, I like to think of my self as the good guy, basically I am and usually I was. Today, I am for sure. Still, it was too easy to draw on personal thoughts and experience to develop even the most horrible of the bad guys. Every single character in all the stories was patterened after someone I’ve crossed paths with in the 55 years I’d lived prior to publishing this the first time. I’d gotten to know (or be) some of the bad guys too well.
Tantrum is a departure from writing norms. The line between good guys and bad guys is only clear due to the truly evil nature of the villians. Cottonmouth and Mike’s Place deal with a flexible style of police work that most cops only dream of. Liberal courts stymie the best efforts of good cops. These tales are about how they’d like to operate.