APRIL 2017 – It starts here. I am editing a novella with the working title ‘Bobby Olsen’. It is running at around 42,000 words and my editing seems to be adding as many words as I delete.
The story is about a man, Bobby Olsen, who has links to a criminal gang in late 1950s New York. He is attempting to bring down their organisation piece by piece and has taken up work as a private investigator to help him achieve this. He then meets and falls in love with a waitress, Martha, who is dreaming of becoming a Hollywood actress and Bobby’s plans change. He takes her to California so she can fulfil her dream. However, Martha is connected to another New York gang who are not happy with her desertion. After a few weeks in California Martha is kidnapped and Bobby begins the long journey back to New York by road trying to track Martha down. Along the way he finds a sidekick who gradually plays a bigger and bigger part in his quest. A final confrontation takes place and decisions are made.
UPDATE: JUNE 2017 The book is now published. Find it on Amazon.
UPDATE: APRIL 2018 New book published on Amazon – ‘Expiring Offer’. This is not a ‘Bobby Olsen’ book, it is set in present day America in an undisclosed town. It is about an older guy who meets a younger woman. She has a secret, or two, or three…
UPDATE: JUNE 2018 The sequel to ‘Bobby Olsen’ is now published on Amazon, called ‘The Witness’.
UPDATE: DECEMBER 2018 The third ‘Bobby Olsen’ book is in progress. The draft stands at around 50,000 words and counting. All initially written in coffee houses.
UPDATE: JULY 2019 The third Bobby Olsen book was published on Amazon some months ago – a bit slow updating here! – called ‘Sour Revenge’. Have just finished a book set in 1969, not about Olsen, and am about to start editing it while beginning a fourth Olsen book while writing in coffee houses. Onward we go.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2019 New book published. ‘Home Run’ is a stand alone tale about teenage friends in New York, set initially in 1959. The story moves on to 1969 where most of the book acts out. Meanwhile the fourth Bobby Olsen book is about 40,000 words in.
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2019 Fourth Bobby Olsen book now complete in first draft. About 85,000 words, with a working title of ‘The Book Trail’.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2020 ‘The Book Trail’ now available on Amazon as e-book and paperback. The fourth Bobby Olsen book.