I never intended to write a sequel to The Lazarus Children, but was surprised by the near-universal dismay readers had with the ending. When I finished Short Order Cop I didn't begin another Ari Ciminon novel, but went straight to a different sequel, The Lazarus Generation. I took great pride in it, but obviously I made an even worse miscalculation than with the first Lazarus novel. Almost three weeks after publicizing it via The Fussy Librarian, I have received no ratings or comments, negative or otherwise. This suggests the book is unworthy of notice of any kind. Of course, there might be other reasons for the silence. Amazon has suffered a lot of layoffs, and that might include Kindle staff. I might also be a target of the infamous algorithm. I have heard that it goes on red alert whenever there are suddenly lots of downloads and ratings. That might be fanciful thinking on my part, but being a cantankerous old hermit I have few friends (real or virtual) to help boost me up the marketplace ladder. This all leads me to the conclusion that I have perpetuated a real stinker. I don't know how this came about, but authors are the last to know when they create a fart instead of a masterpiece. I apologize for my effluent (as Ari might say). The working title of my next book is The Big Bruise, another Ari Ciminon novel. Hope that fares better!
I am the author of more than fifteen novels. I was born and raised in Virginia, where I currently reside. I was First-Place Winner of the Hollins Literary Festival a number of years ago. Among the judges were Thomas (Little Big Man) Berger and R.M.W. Dillard, poet and husband of the writer Annie Dillard. Along with my wife, I have rescued and maintained 22 stray cats, which should tell you something about me (good and bad). Permanently addicted to writing, I have just posted the 9th book in the Ari Ciminon (The 56th Man) Series.