|About the Book|
Synopsis: A small girl, Jenny, finds an artifact at the bottom of a ravine on a farm in Western Michigan. The object has some strange properties and when she shows her uncle Dave, the family begins the process of discovering what exactly it is andMoreSynopsis: A small girl, Jenny, finds an artifact at the bottom of a ravine on a farm in Western Michigan. The object has some strange properties and when she shows her uncle Dave, the family begins the process of discovering what exactly it is and how it does what it does.They should have left it sitting at the bottom of the ravine. Once “Activated” the object becomes extremely dangerous and difficult to deal with.The story of how this object is dealt with is contained in the book.If you ever have wondered what makes a person want to write it is really quite simple.From the first time I picked up a book and read it to myself, I wanted to be the one telling the story. Most books were good but in my mind I imagined them even better. And so when I decided to practice my writing, that was my goal: to write the best stories possible with as few “Extra” words as possible and still have meaning.I started writing short stories. When I first started the stories were very short and not really very good. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not slow my mind down long enough to see.It is not so much about what happens in a story as it is a way to communicate the feelings of the characters as well as the action. (This is the crux of the writing trade: how much do we share and how much do we allow the reader to contribute. )In time, when I read what I had written, I found a way to slow down enough to see and to communicate this “Vision” to my readers. I found the process interesting and started working a little harder at it.My stories had grown from less than a thousand words to many thousands and they were much better. Still not what I was after, but better.Then the day came when the story I was writing kept getting bigger and bigger. This is the novel, Dark Mirror.This is the first novel I wrote. It is not a large book by any standard coming in at around60K words. (Some of the behemothss on the best seller lists are ten to twenty times as large. I never much cared for books that long myself, but as they say, you might have different thoughts on this.) But I am pretty sure that everyone who loves science fiction and action adventure will have a great time reading it.It is often said that first novels, like pancakes, should be thrown away. I would, but I really like the little story. It is a lot of fun to read as it was a lot of fun to write.I suppose now, in my dotage after having written 10 more novels, this book is kind of cliche’ driven and quaint. I think that is okay as it still holds up as a book.The most interesting aspect of this small novel is the compressed time frame of the book. From the first modern action to the ultimate conclusion is less than three days. Instead of chapters, the book uses time stamps to let everyone know the progression.So here it is: warts and all, my first book. I hope you enjoy it.