In the meantime my brother Lin, who had been working on his first novel for 40 years, discovered an editor who was very helpful to direct him into what he hoped to be a successful launching. Lin told me about Nancy Barnes, who was in a business in her own right with her husband Biff at www.StoriesToTellBooks.com. I was looking for someone who could design a decent interior and exterior of my books but not a POD publisher who would sign me up to a 7-year contract then suck my bank vault dry.
Brother Lin is also a published author. His latest novel, A Lesson in Honor, encapsulates the experience of cadets from 1960-64 and shows how an honor code can have vast effects in the lives of young people. His website is www.linbothwell.com.
So Nancy designed On the Tramp, the biographical story of my dad's 10 years as a hobo in the '20s and '30s. (See more about this book under the Books tab.) She also hooked me up with Create Space as the POD publisher. It was a much better deal than the previous one. This one was also published in 2010. And Linda and I had the good fortune to attend last year's National Hobo Convention at Britt, Iowa, where I was able to sell some of my books.
Nancy also designed Brothers for Life, Volume II: the 1970s. (See more about this book under the Books tab.) I published this one in 2011. I am hoping that many get hooked on the Burrell brothers and feel compelled to get ALL their books.
Brothers for Life: Volume III: the 1980s was published in 2012 and continued the story of the Burrell brothers as told through their correspondence. The 1980s was a tough decade for the brothers in terms of change, but Bryce seems to have found the woman he's been looking for toward the end of the decade.
A Teacher is Hatched is a major revision of an earlier novel I wrote that was self-published called You Teach Good for an Injun. After some serious conversations with my editor, Nancy Barnes, I changed the main character, added a new family, added some more scenes of Ben's romantic encounters with his newfound girlfriend, and did some other major revision. I think this book has the opportunity to be a major satire commenting on every phase of the public school bureaucracy. And most of all, it shows how the human spirit can triumph over many odds.
Off the Tramp is the sequel to On the Tramp. This one tells the story of the last 22 years of my father's life. The narration is autobiographical, so I wrote as if it were he telling the story. It will have many anecdotes from the growing up years of Lin and me. And I have included a considerable number of photos from the 1940s and 1950s.
Brothers for Life, Vol. IV, 1990-94 is a continuation of the seven-volume series that begins in the 1960s and ends around 2010. As you should know, this is a series of epistolary novels based on my correspondence with my brother over the last 50+ years. Volume V is right around the corner.
I have finished a novel called Diary of the Damned. It is my first attempt at young-adult literature. However, it is mature in that it has severe language, sex, etc. I am working on getting an agent to attempt the transition to mainstream publication.
1,000 Words Are Worth a Picture/Thanksgiving are two novellas I wrote some time ago. I have updated and modified them and published them as 2 in one. They both explore relationships, values, the meaning of life and hope for the future.
Brothers for Life, Vol. 5 is a continuation of the series of epistolary novels that correspond to letters written between my brother and me over six decades.
The new Novel I'm in the Army Now, is based on my three years in the US Army from 1962-65 when I got married at the age of 17, learned Chinese Mandarin, and spied against the Chinese. It IS a Novel, so although it's based on my experiences, much of is fictionalized for effect, particularly the dialogue.
"The next novel will be one that my brother and I have written - very funny."
As my career continues, I will be sharing what is happening under this tab. Keep watching for new and exciting developments.