During Dad’s writing career he wrote a wide variety of books — suspense, southern literature, young adult, even one that could be classified as fantasy. Darby’s Folly is a children’s book about a groundhog, J.D. Dawkins, who faces an interesting dilemma.
When it becomes evident that new residents will be moving into the abandoned farmhouse near his den, J.D. knows he must move. But he loves his home and wants to relocate it rather than move to a new one. But how do you move a hole in the ground?
Darby’s Folly is an entertaining story with lessons for the children. But it’s also a cute parody of society. In short, it’s a story that can be enjoyed by children and their parents alike.
A new short story, Runner, is now available. This is based on a story I wrote many years ago about a woman who was attacked while jogging. I had planned to publish it as part of a short story anthology I’m working on, but when I read it I realized it needed a lot of work. So, I started over from scratch, using only the basic premise.
The story details what happens to a young woman when she is abducted by a serial killer. She isn’t his first victim, and certainly won’t be his last, unless she can somehow get free and run to safety.
But then, in an interesting twist of fate, she figures out how to turn the tables on her captor.
How fast can you run…how far can you go…if you’re running for your life?
In some ways this is an experiment – writing a series of novellas. But I’ve talked with a lot of people who said they don’t read more simply because they don’t have time. They look at the novels being published which are 300, 400, or even 500+ pages and don’t even want to start one because they know it will take weeks, if not months, to get through it. So, I’m trying to provide something that really doesn’t exist in the market today — short books that can be read in a weekend, or on a business trip, or even in a few hours if you’re a fast reader. There are short stories (30 pages or less) and novels (300+ pages) but there aren’t many short works available that are long enough to provide a complex plot and interesting characters and yet short enough to be read in two or three days. These are not intended to be deep, thought-provoking stories. They are fast-paced with lots of plot twists and surprises. Pure escapism.
All of the books will be 75-100 pages long, depending on the ebook format. There will be recurring characters and subplots that will carry over from book to book. I plan to sell them individually as ebooks, and hope to publish collections of 3 or 4 in print. The ebooks will be available in the various formats required by the most common ebook readers.
The first book, Bearing False Witness, is now available for the Kindle at Amazon.com. I hope you’ll read it and come back to this site and post your comments.
Welcome to my blog. My name is Merrill Heath and I’ve been writing fiction since I was in junior high school (which is more years than I care to reveal). While in high school and college I won a few awards for short stories. But there was such a limited market for short stories at the time that I never submitted any for publication. After college I began working, sporadically, on a couple of novels; however, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I dedicated myself to completing a novel and making a concerted effort to get it published. That novel is Consequences.
My latest project is a series of short novels about a private detective, Alec Stover. These will be published individually as ebooks, with the plan to publish collections of 3 or 4 in print format. If you live in, or are familiar with, Birmingham, Alabama, then I think you’ll find these fun and entertaining. There will be lots of references to local landmarks and popular events, as well as lots of plot twists and surprises.
The first book in the series is Bearing False Witness.
I hope you’ll read the info on my novels and provide your comments and feedback.
If you are an author you might enjoy my blog On Writing. This features a series of articles on writing including tips, techniques, and suggestions.