From high school into professional life I had many situations that required me to write reports, proposals, and other non-fiction items. I read trade magazines and very few fiction novels due to the the demands of family and profession. After my last relationship I began a new life.
I was unconsciously influenced by the renowned novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. I was in the sixth grade when my teacher, Mr. Knowles, assigned it as required reading. We discussed this in class, though I have no recollection of these discussions nor the novel. After recently rereading this book I began to analyze my life of lost relationships, few successes, several failures, and my subsequent depression. I still feel that I was less critical of my fellow students, friends, lovers, and family, than Holden Caufield. I was so self-centered that I didn't maintain close relationships with others unless in close physical proximity to them. I left several relationships and a couple of partners left me.
I escaped from any relationship while I traveled in solitude. As therapy I began to write about my experiences while living and visiting several locales around the country. Most of my travels have occurred in the last few years, yet I have visited all but two states. My self analysis involved my feelings about lost relationships. Depression is often associated to addictions, I had been depressed due to feeling guilty about my inaction with relationships. Fortunately I did not develop addictions other than sustaining the feeling of guilt. I incorporated my past experiences and relationships with the situations and characters into my stories. More depression, then a developing catharsis happened with the more I wrote and the locales I visited. I finally understood what I had done to others and learned to forgive those who left me and forgave myself for causing the situations.
My developing story themes touch on our human frailties and faults. Forgiveness plays a significant part as well. My goal is to share my stories with the public and hopefully provide them some pleasure in reading them.
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Two diametrically opposed people see each other on a highway traveling at a mile a minute. They have lunch in his motor home while she teases him. She follows him to a lakeside campground. He is enthralled by her beauty and aggressive sexual advances. She easily teases him into submission. The sex becomes a shared experience neither expected.
A Whale of a Murder
By Bruce Allen
Published: April 1, 2013 by
A speedboat rams into the floating Whale Tail excursion boat off the coast of Point Loma. Shortly after impact the boat catches fire and sinks. A man was seen laying over the helm when the speedboat sinks. A woman is pulled from the cold water with a cut on her head. Later it is discovered she is the wife of the dead man. Writer Bruce Allen finds himself envolved in another mystery.
A Stormy Desert Seduction
A violent thunder storm ruins her camper, forcing Jill to seek shelter with the neighboring RV man. She knocks on his door.
He pulls on a T-shirt and jeans and rushes to the door and sees a woman dripping wet, looking longingly for assistance. He lets her in, and before introductions are made he says, “Stay right there and I will get you a towel.” She has piercing blue eyes filled with sadness.
Murder on the Wine Train
By Bruce Allen
Published: February 19, 2013.
Bruce Allen, former LA Police detective now semi-retired writing an article for a national, he is embroiled in a mysterous murder. The victim is an abusive food and wine critic. Bruce secures the crime scene on the famous Napa Valley Wine Train. He assists the CBI during interrogation of over 200 suspects. He is attracted to the lead CBI agent. It is an entertaining "Who Dunnit" with romance.
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