Hello, my bookish divas and divos. I’m always pleased to welcome visits by authors and today I’m honored to welcome Bruce Robert Coffin, author of the acclaimed and bestselling Detective Byron Mystery series including Beyond The Truth. Mr. Coffin is also a retired police officer and I thank him for his years of service (my youngest brother is a police officer in my hometown and I know just a bit about what these brave men and women do and go through on a daily basis). I’ve often wondered how an author feels with the release of a new book, Mr. Coffin is here today to share with us his feelings about that and more. Ladies and gents, I give you Mr. Bruce Robert Coffin.
Beyond the Truth, the third novel in my Detective Byron mystery series, was released on October 30th. How do I feel? I feel exactly the same way I did for the other two novels. Excitement, apprehension, perhaps even a bit somber. Surprised by that last emotion? Don’t be. Watching a novel take its first steps out the door, the same novel you spent over a year envisioning, researching, writing, rewriting, editing, rewriting again, and polishing, is akin to looking on helplessly as your five-year-climbs up the steps of the big yellow bus for the first day of school. Will they be embraced by their peers? Or picked on and criticized. Sending a book out into the world is all about letting go. You can’t work on a book forever. All any writer can really hope to do is their best.
I suspect it’s the same for most authors. Likewise, I imagine that these feelings never completely leave us. Even now as I toil over the manuscript for what I hope will be my fourth novel, fifth if you count the drawer novel, banished to the cellar of unpublished manuscripts, I wonder what readers will think of it. But love it or hate it, the true litmus test of any novel is whether or not we, the authors, are pleased with the finished product. After all, writers are readers first. And I believe that most writers strive to write the type of books they would want to read.
Lee Child once said if you write a novel that you are happy with, odds are that hundreds of readers will be happy with it too. The trick is in writing a novel that thousands of readers or even hundreds of thousands of readers are happy with. I believe, no matter what else happens, that the author must be happy first.
When Among the Shadows, my first published novel, was released, I had no idea whether or not mystery fans would embrace it. But to my delight, they did. And most of them loved the characters in my Detective Byron series. Then I worried, would fans of the first book embrace Beneath the Depths, the second in the series? And again, they did. As the number of Detective Byron fans continues to grow, I realize that I must continue to give them my best. Each novel must have something to say. Each must be entertaining. And each must advance the arcs that I have established for my characters. If every novel I write can accomplish those goals, I needn’t worry. But I will anyway.
on Tour November 1-30, 2018
In this latest enthralling mystery from #1 bestselling author Bruce Robert Coffin, Detective Sergeant John Byron faces the greatest challenge of his career.
When a popular high school senior is shot by police following a late night robbery, chaos ensues. The actions of the officer are immediately called into question. Amid community protests, political grandstanding, department leaks, and reluctant witnesses, Byron and his team must work quickly to find the missing pieces.
And when an attempt is made on the officer’s life, Byron shifts into overdrive, putting everything on the line. Was the attack merely retribution or something more sinister? The search for the truth may come at a price not even Byron can afford.
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Number of Pages: 448
ISBN: 0062569511 (ISBN13: 9780062569516)
Series: Detective Byron #3
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Bruce Robert Coffin is a former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive. His first two books, Among the Shadows and Beneath the Depths, were both Maine Sunday Telegram #1 bestsellers.
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Very interesting post. I have read Mr. Coffin's books so enjoyed his take on them.