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Cities of residence: Fayetteville, Pa., and Mission, Texas
Occupation: Retired attorney
Book titles in the trilogy: "Murder At The PBR," "Murder At The PRCA" and "Murder At The NFR" (available in the fall)
Genre: Murder mystery
Synopsis: "Murder At The PBR": Injured bull-rider Chance Boettecher finds himself the prime suspect in a series of murders plaguing the lucrative PBR bull riding circuit. Reluctantly forced into the position of amateur detective, Chance must break down the veil of deceit and lies in the hard-living, hard-loving world of professional bull riding. Only by exposing that world as one filled with many of the same issues and ills found throughout society will Chance solve the murders.
"Murder At The PRCA": It's Thanksgiving, the bull-riding season has concluded until the new year, and Chance Boettecher has returned to his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, where a pair of brutal murders threaten the historic PRCA rodeo circuit. Drawn into investigating the crimes in order to clear a bull-riding friend and save the "World Series" of rodeo, he discovers that other friends have motives for murdering the victims, while lacking convincing alibis. Juggling romance with crime solving, Chance finds his own life threatened while en route to uncovering the solutions.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
Price: $18.95; ebook, $9.95
What inspired you to write the books?
I had been writing novels for 15 years when I caught a PBR (Professional Bull Riding) event on television. The sport of bull riding excited me immediately. My wife and I attended a number of events around the country including the World Finals in Las Vegas. During that time, I began to play with plot ideas, which developed into my trilogy.
A lot of experts say "Write about what you know." Your dialogue sounds pretty true to a rodeo. How did you come by it?
After becoming interested in the sport, I watched many PBR and rodeo events on television and listened closely to the interviews of the participants. Luckily, I've had occasions to speak with a number of cowboys in my travels as well.
Are there other established authors whose styles are similar to yours?
While I am aware of other novels set in the rodeo world, as far as I know mine are the only mysteries set in that world. As to my actual writing style, I'm sure it is a subconscious conglomerate of all the styles I've read over the course of my life.
What themes did you want to present to readers?
Other than the traditional mystery genre themes I wanted to suggest that the issues and ills of American society permeate all segments of our society. What is happening in urban and suburban America is also occurring in rural America.
What is your favorite part of the book?