Hello, everyone! I want to first welcome you all back. I know I kind of dropped off the face of the earth for awhile, but it has definitely been for good reason. The last year and half I have faced many, many, challenges in my life, most unexpected. However, I put my big girl pants on and endured! I am back to work full-time as a deputy sheriff at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and no words can explain how happy I am to be back with my second family. I missed law enforcement more than you know; it has literally been the backbone of my existence since I was a child. Those few years I spent writing full time made me realize that law enforcement is what I do. Period. I can write on the side like I used to, and it all balances each other out. If anything, being off the job full-time made it harder for me to write “all things crime,” I began to feel somewhat detached from it. To say I feel back in the saddle again is the understatement of the year.
What can I say about “Searching for Sandra?” It was mentally and emotionally draining—3 years later and I never thought I would see it come to fruition. Now that it has, the final product is more than I could have imagined. It is truly a heartbreaking tragedy, a tragedy that is somewhat eclipsed by the outpouring of love and support from an incredibly close community. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m also thrilled to announce that the CeeCee Gallagher books have found a new home. With amazing new covers, you can find them in bookstores and online. As for a new CeeCee book, I’ve started 4. However, there is one in particular that I am hoping to finish by summer. I’m really excited about it, and I hope my faithful readers hang on just a short while longer.
Expect a new true crime book out by late Spring, early Summer. “Have You Seen Me?”—a compilation of the nation’s most prolific child abduction and murder cases will be a must read. I know people tend to think that our current state of affairs is the worst it’s ever been. But when you read, for example, the case of little Charlie Ross who was kidnapped and murdered in the late 1800’s, you’ll never look at a Barnum and Bailey Circus the same. Why? Because PT Barnum offered the family of Charlie Ross a substantial amount of money to display Charlie’s body in his circus. Some of the cases in the book include Albert Fish, Leopold and Loeb, the Atlanta Child Murders, Madeline McCann, and Etan Patz to name a few. A compelling introduction from Marc Klaas, who lost his daughter, Polly in a horrific child abduction, brings home the need for further awareness and prevention.
I’m staying hush-hush at the moment on a future television project in the works. I’ve learned not to get too excited about these until they actually appear on the screen. Been down that road several times, but will keep you updated. I will also be blogging more, including a “Roll Call” blog that will give you a humorous and sometimes shocking account of law enforcement. And, as always, I will continue to give my sarcastic opinion on just about everything.
Thanks to everyone for sticking around☺