(Current WIP) – Updated 2/18/20
TITLE: Vicious Memories
On a jungle covered island in the middle of nowhere, Oliver washes up with no memory. He is swiftly found and detained by a group of people trapped in a situation eerily similar to his own, stripped of all memories, having woken up on the island after their ship wrecked there two years ago.
When one of the locals is murdered the morning after his arrival, Oliver must deflect suspicion and commit to finding the real killer. But that requires traveling across the dark heart of the jungle and the darker memories of his previous life. Because it appears that he has in fact retained a single memory from his past, one which causes him to both hate and question himself, and which shows him murdering someone he doesn’t recognize. If he’s lost his memories, is he the same person who committed that atrocity?
As they fight off increasingly frequent attacks from a killer who seems to know Oliver, the pasts of those trapped on the island begin to resurface, forcing blame to fall in every direction. Who they truly are, why they are here, what will happen if they don’t escape… it might all be more connected than they are willing to accept.
TITLE: Beacon Island.
STATUS: First draft completed on December 21, 2016 – 119,000 words. Shelved.
I bounced between a couple of projects before landing on this one, which I’m really excited about. The story follows Ben Bishop, recently ousted CEO of Bishop Entertainment Group, on his trip to a remote and luxurious vacation island in the Caribbean. As he gets drawn into the island’s mysterious and crime-ridden underground the question becomes, is he there for a much-needed getaway, or was he drawn to the island on purpose?
STATUS: Completed on April 23, 2016 – 5,572 words
A short story about morality and the questionable decisions we must make when forced to weigh the value of certain lives against others. Would you make the right choice?
TITLE: Embracing Ghosts
STATUS: Completed on June 9, 2014 – 89,824 words. Put away for now.
How many times can you run from your troubles? After seven years away, Jim Price returns to his hometown of Frost, Indiana. He believes he’s coming home to take care of his estranged and dying mother, but on the inside he knows he might just be running away from something worse than his old family problems. Taking a job as a regular police officer, Jim throws away the title of detective to try and be a part of Frost’s police force. But in the small and sleepy city a kidnapping and a vicious string of seemingly unrelated murders start tearing through the streets. And Jim feels a ghost from his recent past lurking in his shadow.
(Doubtless you’ve heard the plot before, but everyone has to write a detective thriller at some point in their career. What matters is how you make it your own)
TITLE: The Man in the Black BMW
STATUS: Completed on June 16, 2014 – 9,685 words.
My absolute favorite out of anything I’ve ever written.
Bernard is an elderly man who spends his time in the same traffic circle day in and day out, enjoying the day and writing about the people around him. Just like any author, Bernard likes some characters more than others, and the Man in the Black BMW is his favorite. Elizabeth is 8 months pregnant and her husband is dying. She struggles to be strong, but doesn’t know if she can raise a child on her own. Bernard and Elizabeth never meet, but their lives are more connected than they could ever fathom, because sometimes even the most senseless events have more consequences than anyone realizes.
TITLE: Living in Memory
STATUS: Completed – 3,000 words. You can find it on the blog here!
An uplifting, but realistically tragic short story about Frank, a man with Alzheimers living in an old age home. Struggling with lucidity, Frank has difficulty differentiating between the past, the present, and the life he wished he had lived.
TITLE: The Academy
STATUS: Completed – 96,000 words. Put away for good.
The first thing I ever wrote, and for whatever reason I decided to dive straight into a novel. It’s a mess, it’s a knock off of Harry Potter, and it’s been shelved for good. If I ever make it as a writer I may release it one day so that people who are discouraged by their first attempts at writing can see just how much progress practice can help you achieve.