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Know Jack #426 Fade to Gray

“The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”



When you’re approaching the beginning of your seventh decade, it is not unusual for the mind to drift to the final book in the series. If that is true for the author, it is no less true for his hero. Let me put you at ease. I hope to be around a while longer and keep my invisible friends close.

I am currently working on the seventh book in the Ed Landry series and the only regret I have is that Ed, like his creator started out late in life. I’m not sure how long I can realistically keep him crowned with glory. Realistically is the thorn on the rose. Perhaps I should not have set him in time. That would have opened the door to endless books, but it would have robbed them of some of the realism—and the challenge.

The upside is that he and Jazz are now parents and what parents don’t want their children to follow in their footsteps? The only thing that’s better is being able to actually have the kids do what you want them to do. That’s not realistic, but it is challenging.

Life should be a series of ongoing challenges. I work at that on my own. I became a nurse at 41, and a full-time writer at 65. I take online courses, read, and, at times, take on way too many jobs. But nothing keeps my mind as young as those characters who visit to ask me to tell their stories.


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