For me, writing is an obsession. My job requires occasional travel, so a lot of writing happens on airplanes, which incidentally is a great place to cultivate fans. Unless the seat next to you is empty, your neighbor's eyes inevitably travel to your computer screen. Then they get hooked. When I mention I'm a writer, the first question they ask is "What are you working on," followed by, "what's it about?"
To answer both questions, my current project is honing DOG ISLAND, a mystery/thriller novel.
It starts on Dog Island, which is a real place off the Florida Panhandle town of Carabelle. Dog Island's west end is developed with some pretty expensive vacation houses. The east end is nearly deserted, with only three homes sharing a mile or more of unspoiled beach.
One of those homes is owned by Cornelius "Corney" Graham, the story's main character. His wife, unable to adapt to Dog Island's isolated life style, leaves him. Corney wanders to the beach where he sits alone, feeling sorry for himself. Then the sound of a boat engine catches his attention.
The engine noise grows steadily louder, but Corney can't spot the boat in the darkness. Without warning, the boat runs straight into the beach where Corney is sitting. The pilot of the boat is dead. Lisa Cataldo, the boat's lone passenger, is wounded. Unable to call for help, Corney treats Lisa's wounds.
With Lisa tended to, Corney searches the boat. Aboard is a cargo of cocaine and a large stash of cash.
What would you do in this situation? Corney's choices, for good or ill, form the basis of DOG ISLAND.