Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Donn Taylor's Murder Mezzo Forte

What would you like readers to take away from your book? RE: Murder Mezzo Forte: First of all, I want them to feel entertained and satisfied that they've had a complete story with all the loose ends tied up at the end. More deeply, though, I hope they realize the seriousness of denominational colleges going secular in their struggle to stay alive. But most of all, I hope that the novels counterpoint between imagination  and reality leads them to the truth of the novel's headnote: "A man's heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directive his steps" (Proverbs 16:9).
Why did you choose to write this book? 

I had not finished with the characters from Rhapsody in Red, nor had I finished with satirizing the problems of denominational colleges and the brainwashing techniques practice in secular universities. That's the heavy stuff in the background. Mainly I thought there was a good bit more fun to be had with the characters.

 What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not? 
I am most proud of my marriage to Mildred, who came very close to being the ideal woman of Proverbs 31. Our marriage lasted 61 years, seven months, and four days until the Lord called her home. I've told out story at bit.ly/1F2bGWh. Next to that, it would be my service with the U.S. Army, Infantry and aviation, in two wars.

What are your favorite writing conferences and why? 
Although frequently attend the American Christian fiction Writers conference, my favorite is the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC.com). It presents a wide variety of writing subjects presented by an excellent faculty, and it maintains a positive spirit much like that on a college campus. Its site in the North Carolina mountains is exceptionally beautiful. All of that adds up to a wonderful conference experience. I was privileged to teach poetry writing there for some seven years.

Why do you write? 
I guess the most honest  answer is that I can't not write. I've been writing something ever since I can remember, and at last I have the freedom to write whatever the Lord lets me write.

What are you working on right now? 
My Murder Mezzo Forte is a sequel to Rhapsody in Red. Now I'm working on a second sequel to it, with perhaps one more coming.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website): 
My Web site is www.donntaylor.com, and there's a contact button on the site. Me e-mail is donn at donntaylor dot com. But I'd invite people to visit me at www.facebook.com/donntaylor. I post something every day, mostly funny but sometimes philosophical or scriptural. You never know what's going to show up there, so come join the fun.

Will you be doing a book giveaway? 
I will give one print copy of Murder Mezzo Forte to whomever you designate in the US or an e-copy to a winner outside the US.

About the book:
He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations, she a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they're probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs. Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.

Can this ill-matched pair's stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college's incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse . . . 

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