Charles Peterson Sheppard is originally from Springwater NY and attended Wayland Central School. He is a former public school teacher, prison educator, correctional counselor and California law enforcement agent (DAPO). He currently lives and works in California with his wife Paz Merlan (also an author).He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Education & Public Policy.
How do you approach cover design?
I want to capture the eye in some way, naturally. Ideally, fictional cover design catches the eye or sparks curiosity about the subject matter.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stranger in a Strange Land (R. Heinlein): It was for me, as a young teen, my first truly thought-provoking epic novel. Rabbit Hill (R. Lawson): A great story, read superbly by my fourth grade teacher to our class. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë') The characters are very emotional and raw. It (Stephen King) It is a horror classic. The Red and The Black (Stendahl) A psychological classic.
When a young woman is assaulted and two young men murdered on the shores of Hemlock Lake in upstate New York, everybody knew that Asa 'Flint' Spencer did it. He was an angry young Seneca Indian of the Blue Heron Clan with a troubled past. Were they all wrong? And the government researchers seeking remote viewers in the war on terrorism had their eyes on Flint as well.