There is a lot of work involved in anything that is worthwhile, even a book. The real work for a book starts when the first draft is finished. After it’s finished, you put it in the hands of someone you trust to read and edit it. For The Shortcut, this was done by my wife, Ellen. She had the (mis)fortune to read The Shortcut several times. In between those times, we sat at the computer making the corrections. Then the draft goes to a professional editor to review. Then back to the computer to make the corrections and then read it again and again! Now a book needs a cover, correct? So you have to explain the story to an artist and "spitball" ideas off each other until it starts sticking. Then he goes on the computer and starts his work. Brandon Ring is the artist who conceptualized the thrust of the novel for the cover of The Shortcut. I am very pleased, to say the least, with his design of the cover. Can’t forget Ron and Georgia Fontenot who stood in my backyard holding light deflectors and adjusting camera lenses to get the picture of that good looking guy on the back cover.
After all of the above, it is off to the publisher. All the while I am working on my next novel "The Ghost Factory" which is the title I am working under at this time. A third novel is under development that will be based in Houston, Texas. So, I hope you enjoy the story and I hope you keep in mind the dedicated people that assist in the real grunt work of a book. Thanks!