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Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

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Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby louisev » Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:01 am

it was 14 months of family problems, near-death family experiences, hospitals, nearly-fatal auto accidents and having my roommate's (ex) husband die in the next room on a Wednesday afternoon of heart failure. And I think one of his brothers thought I had smothered him with a pillow so they requested an autopsy. So ... now I'm back on track, house is peaceful, work is getting predictably regular, so I can divert myself from the utterly horrifying political situation over the river in Washington DC, and resume being a novelist.

Yes it sucks holding down a more-than-full time job, a family at home that I help with, and be an author with no agent and no website manager and blahblahblah. But I've got 20 volumes of poetry written (one published), two novels in limited print edition, four ebooks out, and the other 22 books in various stages of undress, editing, and finalizing. The ebook revolution is upon us, but I still don't want anyone else owning my international book numbers so I have to put some money aside to buy them ($125 each, for each e-book format) or a block of 20 for $550.

Not sure I want to post anything here - this forum has been a little low-participation, but if lodysmg can do it, I can do it!

some links to some of my completed novels:

http://www.zebratta.com/Books/Composer/index.html "The Death of a Mad Composer, Opus V, a Symphony in Five Movements." historical fiction

http://www.zebratta.com/Books/Confess/index.html "The Confession of Alexandrus Basileus, 334" GLBT military/historical fiction

http://www.zebratta.com/Books/Etudes/index.html "The Erotic Etudes" - GLBT historical fiction

http://www.zebratta.com/Books/epi00.htm - my first published (2nd edition), Epistle to the North Americans, lyric poetry

http://www.zebratta.com/Books/zebratta99.htm - the Zebratta Poems, illustrated lyric poems, selected from "Epistle"

that's probably enough for now. zebratta.com hasn't been edited since 2011 because I lost my webmaster there. zebratta.org has sale links that are now funky because my new webmaster has leukemia and didn't maintain it (and I can't reach him, so I'm not sure he's alive.)

So I'm working on getting my own web site skills (I work in another technology area, but things are getting desperate now!) and I just reregistered my zebratta.net domain and zebratta.ca domains so I can make a quick getaway to the north if necessary :).
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby UnmightyWhitey » Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:59 pm

Sorry is it Louis, or Louise? You have been busy. I read your name as Louis ev but is it Louise V? I apologise if I made a mistake on the other thread. You seem to have had a lot of unpleasant matters to deal with in your life the last few years. Hope the writing goes well.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby louisev » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:34 pm

UnmightyWhitey wrote:Sorry is it Louis, or Louise? You have been busy. I read your name as Louis ev but is it Louise V? I apologise if I made a mistake on the other thread. You seem to have had a lot of unpleasant matters to deal with in your life the last few years. Hope the writing goes well.


Louise. :) Yeah it's been a snark, that's for sure. But - 6 years at the same job, 7 years at the same home, and a large opus that I can pick at perfecting, things are settling down.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby Atreyu » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:49 pm

Holy ****! Louisev killed a dude!

Promise I won't tell the cops if you name a character after me.

Good luck and I'll buy.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby louisev » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:05 am

[quote="UnmightyWhitey"]Sorry is it Louis, or Louise? You have been busy. I read your name as Louis ev but is it Louise V? I apologise if I made a mistake on the other thread. You seem to have had a lot of unpleasant matters to deal with in your life the last few years. Hope the writing goes well.
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aw thanks! It's Louise, but Louis Ev will do as well, I publish as E.L. Van Hine because basically I write a lot (i.e. almost all) of my novels from a male limited third person POV. And like George Eliot, it's all a lot more believable that way, since - full disclosure, "Princes of the East" is a revelation of what it's like to have an intersex condition (which is the polar opposite of transsexualism). Intersex is where 1 in 300,000 infants inherit (usually a) rare mutation that causes the body, hormones, chromosomes or gonads to not match up with a binary (male OR female) ***. Not well understood.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby louisev » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:06 am

[quote="Atreyu"]Holy ****! Louisev killed a dude!

Promise I won't tell the cops if you name a character after me.

Good luck and I'll buy.


well yes, yes I did, but - I used my mind. The cops did not take me away after the autopsy.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby UnmightyWhitey » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:03 pm

That's 22 more than I've written, Louise!

Regarding gender with writing names, now don't take this as gospel but I've a feeling that the late PD James used her initials when writing her earlier novels because they were not gender specific (the initials and surname that is). Her tomes weren't as thick as GRRM's but as she died in 2014 aged 94 and her last novel was published in 2011 when I think of writers like her I think well MAYBE there will be an end to the ASOIAF novels (whether I'll be around to read them or will push myself to read them is another matter).
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby louisev » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:50 am

UnmightyWhitey wrote:That's 22 more than I've written, Louise!

Regarding gender with writing names, now don't take this as gospel but I've a feeling that the late PD James used her initials when writing her earlier novels because they were not gender specific (the initials and surname that is). Her tomes weren't as thick as GRRM's but as she died in 2014 aged 94 and her last novel was published in 2011 when I think of writers like her I think well MAYBE there will be an end to the ASOIAF novels (whether I'll be around to read them or will push myself to read them is another matter).


Oh I've written more novels than that, #22 is for a specific series. I have about 32 novels and 20 volumes of poetry.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby UnmightyWhitey » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:08 am

Sorry I didn't answer before Louise - you have indeed been productive.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby Water Damage » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:22 am

LouiseV, it sounds like your politics are rather far to the left. Wold it be fair to say you are basically like GRRM, except that you're a writer?
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby louisev » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:29 am

Atreyu wrote:
Promise I won't tell the cops if you name a character after me.
Good luck and I'll buy.


you want a cop name or a villain name or a religious mogul name (I have openings for all three).

Villians: Current villains are Randy Featherstone - racist detective sergeant who hates on teh gays and Nixonianly compulsive record keeper. Died of a massive stroke in the middle of one of his plots to take out his deputy sheriff supervisor.

Miguel Allende - Mexican snitch and street hustler who was blackmailed into Featherstone's plot, currently in custody.

Raoul Lago - real person, corrupt cop and wet works man who carried out the assault on the deputy sheriff (who is my main character.)

Then there's the white nationalists and the Mormon kingpins: Amos Marigold, former D.A., serving 15 years for conspiracy and miscarriage of justice.

Amber Marigold, his twin sister, who tried to bribe her brother out of prison with $50k in drug money.

Amelia Isling (named after my niece), trophy wife of the mayor of the town, and Mormon social director in Ward 1.


The Cops:

Lorenzo Esteban (also known as Larry and Pendejo), alcoholic Mexican-American whose son blames the deputy sheriff for his father's demotion alcoholism. Then Larry Jr of course.

Al Taylor - all around ducker-of-work, was shot in the line of duty trying to stop a shooter at the hospital 6 weeks ago.)

Murdoch - named after a college friend of mine night shift 911 operator - can't stand the sight of guns and throws up at the sight of blood.

Pedro (Pete) Sanchez - now Al's partner on the detective beat, escaped injury due to holding down the fort at the Sheriff's department. Former friend of Esteban),.

Carol Eccleston - Sheriff's department Admin Assistant and emergency operator. She's the only one besides the Sheriff and Chief Deputy who know the call codes.

Jack Jewell - (named after the suspect in the bombings)beat and traffic cop - white nationalist leanings, but doesn't mind Mexicans who become citizens. A practical sort.

Willie Polk - (named after an undistinguished president). formerly Jack Jewell's beat partner on traffic, Mormon, involved in latest plot against the Deputy Sheriff.

Warren Perry: named after a classmate in high school (retired Chief Deputy who worked as a mole in the Sheriff's Dept, now warted for attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder impersonating a pharmacist.

Greg Reynolds: named after a very acne-plagued high sahool classmate whom we also referred to as Regg Greynolds. High oingn the autism spectrum, but can work a crime scene to complete forensic analysis by obsessive attention to detail and a complete lack of proportion. Recently promoted to sergeant in the detectives unit for delivering his former colleague Willie Polk to jail in a hail of bullets without injury.

Lowell Beebe - named after the tallest and most irresponsible man in my high school who I think eventually graduated from the tech school and became a hotel manager for Marriott to my complete disbelief. So I had to make him a good cop.

Ellery John Cantrell: main character, named after fictional detective Ellery Queen (he's a queen, get it ?) openly gay in a rural religiously intolerant community and becomes a target for elimination by White Brotherhold nationalists as well as by the Mormon kin gpins. Heavy drinker and pill user due to injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Colson Grey - sadly this series predates "Shades of Grey" but no one will ever believe me unless they look at the copyright registration, I took a name from a former editor friend (whose name means the same as Nicol or black) his name literally means the "son of the black and grey". Laid-off divorced closeted ranch hand with two daughters, a crazy ex wife, and now lovers with the detective guy.

So I've got a LOT of character names from my high school years.

Let me know if you want to be a cop, a denizen of the gay bar, a shady Mormon kingpin, or a villain. I am going to need some lawyers, guns and money in the upcoming book 22.
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Re: Finally resumed my 22nd detective novel

Postby louisev » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:34 am

Water Damage wrote:LouiseV, it sounds like your politics are rather far to the left. Wold it be fair to say you are basically like GRRM, except that you're a writer?


Ha, that's funny. I think of myself as more of a poet and musician.

I'm too far left to be a Democrat, so I rarely see my own values played out on the political stage. I gave a lot of money to Bernie Sanders but did not go Bernie or Bust. Yet I work in the defense industry by day and within the Belly of the Beast. Unlike most lefties I am neither a pacifist nor an isolationist. So yeah, far left but more in the E.U./Scandinavia/modern Germany model of social democracy. But pro NATO.

I answer to "Communist, Socialist/ military apologist", which appear mutually exclusive. but trust me, they are not.
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