What’s this book about?
Visit to Sunnyville is a novella, about a strange object that lands on a retirement community’s golf course. The world outside Sunnyville is agog at the landing, but for the local residents, it’s just a huge annoyance. The novella, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, shows how the residents react vs. the rest of the world.
What’s the “Other Fiction”?
Nine short stories, including two that were finalists in the Florida Writers Association annual short story awards. Each has a twist or unexpected ending. I’ve also included the first three chapters of six published novels: three of historical fiction about the Civil War (one of which is an alternative outcome novel), two of contemporary fiction, and one a middle-grade fiction. The last one, The Boy Who Dreamed Mount Everest, won 2nd place in the 2016 FWA awards for unpublished manuscript.
Six novel excerpts? Isn’t that just advertising your other books?
It’s really a way to let readers of Sunnyville sample what else I’ve written that may interest them. To be fair, I’ve priced the Sunnyville Kindle version ($0.99) and the Sunnyville print book ($9.99) commensurate with what it would be for just the novella and nine short stories. I consider the novel excerpts as extra material thrown in to the package.
Do you live in Sunnyville?
I live in The Villages, Florida, which has an uncanny resemblance to Sunnyville. However, all the characters are fictional.
What did you do before retirement?
I was a pulmonary medicine physician in Cleveland.
Does any of your fiction involve what you learned as a doctor?
Before retiring I wrote several non-fiction medical books, some for doctors and some for a general audience. As for fiction, my novel Consenting Adults Only is about a young Las Vegas Emergency Medicine physician who gets into some troubles in sin city. The Wall: Chronicle of a Scuba Trial, presents medical information to explain a young scuba diver’s death off Grand Cayman Island. And several of the short stories include brief medical scenes. Most of my fiction, though, is not involved with medical themes.
What is your favorite short story in the book?
I don’t have a favorite. But if you are a writer, then the one story you must read above all others is “The Critique Club.”
Which of your novels do you most recommend?
They cover 4 different genres: Civil War historical fiction; Civil War alternative history; Contemporary fiction, and middle-grade fiction. I like them all, but I think the three with broadest appeal are: Liberty Street: A Novel of Late Civil War Savannah (historical fiction); Consenting Adults Only (contemporary fiction); and The Boy Who Dreamed Mount Everest (middle-grade fiction).