“Personal Violation (2019)” is now available!Attorney Scott Winslow and investigator Lee Henry from “The Whistleblower Onslaught” are back with an extraordinary case in “Personal Violation” (2019). Sarah Willis is a corporate executive harassed, and then raped, by the CEO. Scott takes on the tough legal battle and Lee Henry goes to great lengths to find evidence in support of Sarah’s case. The book confronts the pain and lifelong injury of rape, and what a woman confronts when she finds the courage to come forward. It is a fictional story, but reflective of many of my experiences representing women attacked and harassed over the years—something that should never happen, but remains a real world dilemma. Lee finds unanticipated ways to get to evidence that Scott can use in the courtroom, and there are many surprises along the way. I hope it touches you!
“Imploded Lives (2018)”What if those with the greatest of skills decided to rob a bank for reasons that aren’t obvious? What if two men took hostages, whose lives would be forever changed by the event. What if the two men negotiated with police, and then released the hostages and simply disappeared with a large sum of money while the police and the press watched from the streets and saw nothing. The plots converge—the lives of the hostages and how they are turned upside down by the robbery; the two perpetrators who are unidentified and just gone; a female detective who will stop at nothing to find an answer and what happened and why. Figure it out with the best of them as the unexpected is slowly revealed!
The Whistleblower Onslaught is the first book that I have written from the perspective of an employment lawyer. This is a work of fiction, but the dispute, courtroom battles and deposition draw on some of my experiences over the years.
I will be posting about some of the other characters in the Whistleblower Onslaught. I am getting numerous comments about Lee Henry, the indefatigable investigator who always finds a way, whether or not above board, and the enigmatic Jerry Anders, as well as the Winslow family. You will likely have definite opinions about both Lee Henry and Jerry Anders as they each relentlessly pursue their very different goals.
In some ways, the desire or maybe the need, to be a story-teller is innate. I have loved writing stories for as long as I could write. Plotlines and the development of characters are both on my mind all the time. I have notebooks everywhere. I wake up at night and make a note so I don’t lose a thought. It’s a little obsessive, but I love it. I sit down at the computer and before I know it, four or five hours have disappeared. It may have been consumed with a single chapter, bits of six different chapters or the development of a character and what he or she would or would not do in an unexpected situation.
As I develop a story-line, I integrate characters that have their own motivations, foibles and character traits or flaws that dictate the action. People have weaknesses that get them into trouble and sometimes that trouble goes beyond their ability to cope. The characters I write often have such weaknesses and are tested to if they can find a way out of the category five storm that they helped to create. People have personality traits—or disorders—that can take them to mortal danger. Sometimes they can find the inner strength to find a way through that storm, sometimes not. The fascinating part of it is that once I start writing a character, I often find that the character begins to write him or herself—to tell me what they would do based upon who they are. When that starts to happen, the story sometimes takes me somewhere unplanned. Sometimes I’m not happy with where we wind, but on other occasions I love the character, the character’s actions and where they have taken us and I think that you will be also. But none of this matters without the reader. So climb into a comfortable chair, open the book and let’s go for a ride!