Sylvia Nickels was born and grew up in rural Georgia. She moved to Northeast Tennessee many years ago where she now lives and writes. Several of her stories and books are set in that area.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the state of Georgia, central western area in Haralson County, about forty miles west of Atlanta. I have six living siblings, my oldest sister died several years ago. Our mother was an artist, though we were so poor her supplies were primitive, red clay, wood charcoal, some watercolors. Several of my nieces and nephews inherited her talent, though oddly, none of her children did. I think living close to the land, with few resources, I learned to appreciate the things I had and this has influenced my writing. I still identify as a Redneck, I do not want to forget my roots, though a writer friend has been kind enough to observe that my writing reveals me as much more than a Redneck.
When did you first start writing?
I dabbled in writing off and on all my life. But never had the confidence to think I actually could write until later years. I've been writing and actively seeking publication about twenty-five years. My first print magazine publication was a sci-fi short story, then a few years later an online mystery short story.
Former Police Detective Mitch Ringer becomes a private investigator after an injury ends his law enforcement career. He meets the life-threatening events in his personal and professional life with courage and determination as he builds a new life.
No matter what taste short mystery fiction readers might have, each will find something to their liking in this bakers' dozen by Sylvia Nickels. Revenge in many forms, as concocted by the characters, is featured in most of the stories. Sometimes the fierce thirst for revenge must ignore the saying, '...revenge is a dish best served cold.'
MacKenzie Howard Silver took a chance on finding love and family after losing her parents and sister to a tragic accident. When her husband kicked her out of his family home she determined to forge her own life, and found the love and acceptance she hungered for.
At least part of the facade most families present to those outside is composed of secrets and lies. Some are more serious and go deep into the bedrock of the family. But all must eventually be faced and resolved if there is to be peace and safety.