Debriefing on an author’s personal relationship with the genre….As many of you may know, An Adventure in Indianapolis is a crime fiction novel but it is not a conventional mystery or whodunnit story. It is not about a murder, and quite frankly, I am glad that it is not.
As an author I can tell you that writing stories and receiving them is not the same but of course they are connected. For readers who know an author, and even more so for an author it is easy to see what goes in to making a story. For people who are not ‘role playing fantasy gamers’ the novel is intended to make perfect sense. For those who are, the group of crime solvers and the way they have been sanctioned by the leaders of the city follows very obviously the pattern of at least one generation of Dungeons and Dragons players. An Adventure of Indianapolis is very unlike such fantasy role playing games, in that it is set in contemporary Indianapolis in a fictional version of the real world, not in an alternate universe.
So many of you have come here because you are fans of mysteries and other types of crime fiction. Who have I mainly read in the genre? Really, Arthur Conan Doyle’s works about Sherlock Holmes. I also read both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys’ juvenile mysteries. Aside from that, I have hardly read any novels in this genre but have enjoyed ‘crime fiction TV’ such as Miami Vice and CSI based in more than one location. Those works, combined with all the fantasy role playing gaming and the real world fact that for Indianapolis, warding off meth labs is a real problem. The law enforcement of the city has had many successes but also some failures. Like most American cities, they have been dragged into ‘the war on drugs’ whether they like it or not. For those who live in nice neighborhoods where drug crime is not a problem, their activities may seem heavy handed or unjust. For people who have lived in neighborhoods where very local kids are in danger of being either attacked by or recruited by local gangsters…and threatened to pretend to not notice local illegal drug dealers, it is too true and anything but funny.
An Adventure in Indianapolis makes a pretend and wild tale based in a mixture of truths and misperceptions. It is intended to bring hope to good people. It is meant to be exciting. There is brain work and leg work.
If you want to see how a suprising combination of a fighter, an attorney who uses magick, a cleric with super powered Holy Water and a passion to gaurd the souls of living law enforcement agents, and a burglar who can be bought – even to help the law & God – who knows the lawyer from the same occult group, come together to find and thwart some local villains…just click on the link and buy right now.
Those who don’t want it in e, or don’t own a Kindle can pre-order from Alethia by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org