I would like you express my love and gratitude to all of you who have read Metal Skeleton! A special thank you goes to those of you who reviewed the book! There was a lot of great, constructive criticism in the reviews that I can use to improve my craft. Also, if you like my work or would like to recommend something for me to read, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Metal Skeleton started out as a book about dinosaurs, then turned into a book about lost Incan treasure, then it finally became a commentary on criminal punishment and social structures. The theme of the book is people with good intentions trying to improve a situation but in the end making it worse.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Gainesville, Florida. It is a college town and so I was influenced growing up by many people involved with the University of Florida and Santa Fe college. Many of my classmates also had family ties to academia, so through them I was exposed to many different authors. One year the local newspaper, The Gainesville Sun, had a short story contest. I entered and won, and people at the newspaper encouraged me to pursue a career in writing. While my love of scientific research is my primary focus, I am motivated by the support of my community to continue writing.
Nothing in Quinton Thompson’s traumatic life prepared him for this. On his first deployment, he is behind enemy lines with a combat unit he doesn’t trust. They already killed one of their own during this mission and he might be next. But they are vastly outnumbered by the enemy and cut off from any support, so Thompson must fight alongside them to survive.
An oil tanker lost at sea. An entire village in the Amazon gone without a trace. A single body washes ashore in Lima, Peru. An unlikely team of an anthropologist, a police officer and an FBI agent search for answers, and find themselves on a mysterious artificial island. What they discover appears to be a social experiment gone wrong. Or maybe it is going exactly as planned…