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you may know, is a global manufacturer of diesel engines. After writing Cummins history from 1995-2010, I retired in 2011 and moved to Boca Grande in October 2014.” She commented further on masking her identity. “Turns out that having a pen name is a pleasure and a pain. A pleasure in that it allows me to speak more freely than I otherwise might. A pain in that it interferes with the ego, which wants to say, ‘Hey I wrote that.’” A sequel to Six Weeks from Tuesday is in the works and should be completed by mid- February. Her excitement came through in an email sent a few weeks ago. “Now I’m back on the original mystery. It’s half done, thanks to Rosemary Bowler, the head of the Sleuths Book Club, who has read the first 96 pages and made many helpful suggestions. My goal is to make the book worthy of introduction to the Sleuths, a discerning group of readers.” In the novel Leslie Elliott, the heroine from Six Weeks, has moved to an island in South Florida and brought her outspoken mother with her. She wants to write a mystery and is intrigued by an unfinished island home that appears to have more than its share of unusual and dangerous activity. While the characters are fictional, a few friends get a shout-out in the book … with their permission, of course. Some of the characters from the first book appear in the sequel. When asked about her greatest challenge as a novelist she said, “The toughest thing about writing a novel is finding the time to write every day for four or five hours.” In the spirit of promoting her book, she set up a website and launched E. C.’s blogs. He publishes his thoughts about once a week at ecthomas.com. He also has a Facebook page. Six Weeks from Tuesday is available for purchase as an Ebook on Amazon.com for $4.99. Susan has printed and handed out about 70 soft-cover copies to friends … hoping they’ll tell others if they enjoy it. The book is also available in the Boca Grande library. G M wrote poetry. Thomas seemed to fit with E. C. The idea of making E. C. Thomas a male came from two friends of mine – both named Bob – who claim that men don’t read books written by women. “No comment.” It’s hard to imagine being such a talented writer without anyone ever recognizing your work. Susan displays an incredible sense of time and place on every page. Her dialogue is uncanny to go along with snippets of a surrounding environment with a life of its own. Leslie finished her walk at a near run and headed back to the condo. She slipped off her sandy shoes at the doorway, picked up her laptop and cell phone and carried them to the screened-in lanai. A warm breeze rustled the leaves of the nearby palm trees. She heard the hum of a fishing boat headed through North Pass to the Gulf. One amazon reviewer wrote, “Who knew that a takeover battle in the public utility sector could be so much fun? Two parts romantic triangle, one part corporate intrigue equals plenty of good, old-fashioned plot-driven action. I read this book in a weekend, thanks to Thomas' breezy dialogue, some interesting characters and a plot that twists just enough to keep you reading to see what's around the next corner. Despite the corporate backdrop, ‘Six Weeks’ makes the larger point that all business IS personal at some level, and keeping the two separate is much more difficult than it seems. Download this, head to the beach, mix up a pitcher of your favorite cool beverage and settle in for some sexy, smart fun.” Susan spent 27 years as a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, covering state government and utilities. Her corporate experience stretches out decades. “In 1992, I went to work in communications for IPALCO Enterprises, the parent company of Indianapolis Power & Light. My first day on the job the CEO called me into his office and said we were going to launch a takeover bid for another Indiana utility. The attempt by IPALCO was unsuccessful. Its target, PSI Energy, eventually became part of Duke Energy. I retired from IPALCO in 2001 and went to work for Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. Cummins, as Jonathan Herbert is an award-winning writer who grew up in Englewood. His novels, Banyan Street and Silver King, have won multiple literary awards, including recognition from the Paris Book Festival. You can follow him on Twitter @herbertnovels or on the web at herbertnovels.com. January/February • 2017 • GASPARILLA ISLAND 55


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