The Cedar Tree series was first conceived in 2012, when I visited a friend I had previously only talked to on Facebook and on the phone. We had been friends for quite a few years already and she lived, and still does, in the Four Corners area of gorgeous Colorado.
In the summer weeks I spent with her and her family, I fell in love with Colorado - the beauty and history of the Four Corners in particular - and my imagination was stirred.
The wish to read about more than only people in their twenties and the hope of finding some connection with characters who might have physical limitations, similar to mine, eventually had me put the proverbial pen to paper.
SLIM TO NONE was no longer a concept but became real. However, less than a quarter into my writing, I realized that I had perhaps three or more stories percolating right on the tail of the one I was trying to put into words. And it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to get away with just Gus and Emma’s story. An entire community had become involved, or at least an entire group of friends who all seem to have their own stories that need to be told.
HUNDRED TO ONE was needed, book two, and Arlene and Seb's chance to tell their story. One that was already almost bursting at the seams in the first book. And with this book slowly more characters are coming out of the shadows demanding more attention.
AGAINST ME, book three in the series is the story of Caleb and Katie, two people we have observed from a distance since the very beginning. Their story is one that takes many detours and hits quite a few roadblocks before aligning; and brings with it the introduction of some interesting new characters.
CLEAN LINES, is the fourth book and was released early June. It will finally see Joe settle his affairs (in particular those involving Naomi) for once and for all……
UPPER HAND tells the story of long time Arlene's Diner employee, Beth, and the mostly politically incorrect contractor, Clint. A tentative and rather volatile connection we've seen playing in the background of the previous stories, is propelled into high drive when family (and trouble) is introduced.
LIKE ARROWS, is the sixth book and was released December 2016. This is the story that sees Malachi, Caleb's dark and troubled brother, finally find his salvation in Kimeo. But not before they're forced to battle enemies, both visible and invisible, as a test of their strength.