“The man wore a black ski mask and carried a five-inch blade knife that gleamed in the moonlight. He crept closer to the bedroom window at the back of the red brick house and carefully peered inside. The young girl was sleeping soundly on her right side, turned away from him…The man in black took the knife and carefully pried up the window…”
We’ve spent the past few weeks with Richard Small discussing just how to go about writing an ebook. This week Texans United brings you yet another author, this time from right here in Comanche, Texas where Billie Vineyard has written a murder mystery titled Badge And Blade.
We thought you would enjoy learning first of all just what it was that gave Billie the idea for her novel and then how it was that she went about getting the book published and ready for her soon to be readers.
“Years ago when I was in high school I entered a Ready Writing contest. I’ve always loved to write and that year I won district and went on to Austin. I did not do well at Austin because I was just too stressed. We were late getting there, and everyone had already started writing, but it was an honor just to go.
“I’ve always just loved to write. When my grandchildren were born, I started writing children’s stories for them. I would also write puppet scripts and act them out for my grandchildren with the puppets I made to go with the stories.
“As the children got older, they wanted to do the performing and we kept this up through the years until they married.
“I wrote many children’s stories besides those and even took a correspondence course on writing short stories. However, the only thing I have had published before this book was one magazine article, but I always told my children that when I retired I was going to write a novel.
“By the time I retired, I pretty much had the story in my head. I had spent seventeen years working in the courthouse, the last twelve and a half in the county attorney’s office so I knew that life well. Plus my husband was an officer for thirty-two years, from a highway patrolman, to the first county-wide constable for Comanche County, to a city policeman.
“Today, he still serves as the bailiff for the District Court so I’ve basically been associated with law enforcement for most of my life and some of my characters come out of this life, including a Texas Ranger named Bill.
“I retired in 2000, and within six months I had written a 350 page novel. The problem was that most publishing companies do not want to take a chance on a novel that size from a beginning author simply because of the expense involved. I contacted Author House Publishing Company, but nothing came of it at that time, and I began cutting a hundred pages from the book…that’s a lot of story to cut.
“Then, in December of 2011 Author House contacted me after all of those years. I suppose I took out the right hundred pages because by July 28, 2012, Badge and Blade was a book!
Apparently I took out the right parts because today it is a published book!”
It is indeed, and you can get Badge and Blade right now at Amazon.com in ebook form, or you can order a hard copy if you prefer.