Full time writer of short stories and thrillers since 2007. So far (Aug 2017), I have written six novels and a collection of short SF stories. I live under a giant copper beech tree, in Ireland.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
1. Reading. I have about 20 of books on my to-read list. 2. I like to go to the cinema about once per week. 3. Gardening. We have a quarter acre that needs constant attention. 4. Facebook and Twitter take up a couple of hours each day. 5. Dreaming up ideas for my next book. 6. Supporting my 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through contacts with other writers, mostly, although Amazon send me suggestions that sometimes catch my eye.
1934 Munich. All over Germany, the Gestapo has absorbed the criminal police and the brutal Brownshirts rampage on the streets unchecked. Buried under a mounting pile of cases immune from investigation, Kommissar Saxon concentrates on the case of a missing schoolboy. Then Hitler moves against the Brownshirts on the Night of the Long Knives…
Germany, March 1933. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party have swept into power. In Munich, Kommissar Saxon of the civilian police force is hunting a brutal killer that stalks the streets of the city. But the shadow of the Schutzstaffel (SS) hangs over Saxon and his assistant, making their task close to impossible.
Bill Owen's short story The Clone Trial is set in the not-too-distant future when human reproduction has hit a wall, and cloning has taken its place. Laws have been put in place to limit these activities. Also clones are prohibited from reproducing. This is where I had my biggest problem with the premise of the story, as I couldn't understand how the human race was supposed to survive under these restraints. Anyway, the story concerns itself with a human who is accused of murdering one of his clones.
The jury is made up of an assortment of beings from around the Galaxy, including a shape-shifter and a being who can mesmerize others into telling the truth. It occurred to me that this last ability could have been used by the authorities to get to the bottom of the matter at hand entirely without the aid of a jury. Indeed, I would have thought the whole justice system could have had a makeover based on this ability alone.
The whole thing takes place in the jury room as they consider their verdict. Notwithstanding the occasional flashes from the Cloning Commission to help explain the laws and regulations, and a couple of glaring info-dumps, this is a fun read - a sort of 12 Angry Men with aliens. I particularly liked the wonderful talking bird who seemed to suffer from Tourette's Syndrome.
I think Bill could have made more of the story. It could have been as much as 100% longer, allowing more time and space to feed the background information to the reader in a more digestible form, and maybe exploring some of the alternative plot lines.
I don't usually read paranormal ya. I like ya books, but I try to steer clear of the paranormal ones. I'm glad I read this one, though. When it started, I thought Nali's mom was just off her head; I couldn't see how this aspect of the story was going to end up anywhere good. (I have a friend who hoards newspapers and his house is just the way Nali's is). The explanation and the other paranormal elements were more than a tad wacky, I thought, but the drama and romance came through. Good job, Misty.