If you are a man and have been turned down by women over  50 percent of the time – REJOICE. You may be a writer and not know it. The same applies to women except they seem to have a considerably better batting average in relationships. However, the first rule in being a writer is not whether you have talent – but your ability to take rejection up to 90 percent of the time.  That is the average for even successful writers. So, give it a shot. What can you lose? If you can cope with rejection you are half way there. Should you have any writing talent it will show sooner or later. Well, that is the theory.

I wrote “Twist of Time” a romantic thriller, and though there is heavy action, there is also a strong love story, which involves a renegade monk who is enmeshed in a forbidden love affair with a lady homicide detective. But it is getting harder and harder to write sex or intimate love scenes because the reading public is much more sophisticated and knowing, due to the proliferation Adult sites and cable TV. That said, the most successful erotic themed novels that now focus on specialized sex: Example: S&M and Domination, would not have been so accessible several years ago.  Of course there were (S&M) novels, the most famous being  “The Story of O” which came out in the fifties, but its reading public was not main line. It was not even published in this country; it could only be purchased in England, France and Germany. It would appear that the influence today of the Adult sites and Cable shows have, on the one hand, given the authors more flexibility, but on the other, have made the task of writing erotic/sensuous scenes more difficult.


The Odd Connection Between the Dukes of Hazzard and Twist of Time

There is an odd connection between “Dukes of Hazzard” – the television series I created – and my novel “Twist of Time,” which is a high action romantic thriller. “Twist of Time” is about Thomas, a renegade monk with a mysterious past, who must solve 700 years of serial murders before he becomes the next victim. In addition, Thomas is locked in a forbidden love affair with Kate, a homicide detective.  So, like the Duke boys, Thomas breaks all the rules to get results, even though he is a monk.

When I created “Dukes” I drew upon my family (Uncle Jesse was based on my grandfather Franklyn ) as well as some of the boys I grew up with, who for fun and adventure, drove moonshine in the Kentucky hills.  In the same way the Dukes were raised by Uncle Jesse, Thomas the monk, was raised by his Grandfather in Scotland where he became a Celtic scholar.

In “Twist of Time” Thomas is hired to translate a 14th century diary written by a Templar Knight who was on a suicide mission. The diary disappeared. For the next 700 years every time it re-appeared there were serial murders.  Now, Thomas is marked to be the next victim.  How many times were those Duke boys targeted by Boss Hogg?

To solve the mystery and stay alive, Thomas and Kate must follow clues in the diary, which takes them to England, France and Scotland as they retrace the path of the doomed Templar.  All the while they are being chased by two illegal cartels that are after the diary and will kill to get it.  I seem to recall a few Dukes episodes where the boys were being chased by “illegal cartels” – ok, maybe not quite so illegal, but cartels none the less.

So I guess the moral to this story is don’t be surprised when something you are writing now bears more than just a passing family resemblance to something you’ve penned in your recent past.