My name is Walt Mussell. I primarily write historicals with popular settings like Japan and India. (Yes, I’m kidding, not about what I write but about these settings being popular.) However, as my only two publishing credits are now contemporary, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not chasing the wrong path in my writing pursuits.
I don’t remember the title of the first Stephanie Bond book I read, but it started me reading as many of them as I could. The Body Movers series is my favorite of all her storylines. So, I was honored to be asked to participate in the launch of this fan fiction website.
My story takes place in the two weeks between Books 3 and 4. It has Wesley wanting to spruce up the yard as a surprise for Carlotta, even managing to get her out of the house. However, when D.A. Kelvin Lucas receives an anonymous tip and orders a secret search of the Wren townhouse, Jack Terry is forced to do everything possible to prevent Wesley and Carlotta from returning home.
Though the story focuses on Wesley and Jack, many characters put in an appearance. I also introduce a new character, police computer specialist Livia Dunn, a woman with as many talents as she has dislikes for the men she deals with.
I hope you enjoy this short story (roughly 7k words) and I hope you’ll look for me again in less than three weeks. I’ll be releasing another Body Moves story, a much longer (20k+ words) work titled Even Bodies Fall From Trees. The new story imagines a contemporary prequel, occurring at the time of the arrest of Randolph Wren. However, I indulge my love of Japanese history, dropping the prequel in the Yokohama Foreign Settlement in the 1860s.
Again, I hope you enjoy this story and consider reading the Japanese one as well. I’ll also answer any questions here anyone has, provided it has nothing to do with anything that I’ve already used for a security question somewhere.
Fascinating topic, Walt. The only thing I know about Japan is what kind of sushi I like. Can't wait to see where you go with this!
I may have to celebrate with sushi when it's done, though that's actually my wife's favorite way to celebrate. (She's Japanese.)
I'm nervous about getting the historical details right on this. However, as Carlotta will be teenage girl in this story, I've got a more important focus with getting her POV right.
This sounds like such an interesting premise, Walt. Wesley trying to do good...and failing. I'm shocked. Shocked, I say!
I know. I never would have imagined it myself. (I guess, technically, I did imagine this, but that's a separate issue. )
I say let your imagination fly! Most women were completely different teens than they wound up as adults. Character growth is a reality in fiction and...well, reality.
Yes, but I couldn't identify with women when they were teenagers and I can't identify with them now.
I think I'm regressing. I was far better behaved as a teen than I am now.