A Memorial …
For those of you who know my novels, it is with deep regret that I write this memorial for my publisher Philip Martin of Crickhollow Books, Great Lakes Literary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He died on March 3, 2019. All three of my mysteries were published under Phil’s imprint Crispin Books. He was a dear man with a love of literature, appreciation of good writing, and dedicated to discovering and promoting emerging authors. Just recently he celebrated ten successful years of his publishing company. His book How to Write Your Best Story is one of the most valuable books on my shelf. One of his best pieces of writing advice was not so much about writing as it was to letting the story stretch and to listen, “Listen to what the story needs. Listen to what the characters need. Listen to what the readers need.”
Phil believed that stories connect us. He believed there was magic in storytelling and that storytelling helps to make us whole. “Good storytelling is like a beautiful melody or an appealing fragrance.”
Phil discovered me on Linked In and contacted me in 2013 after reading my ghost story The Dazzling Darkness. He went on to publish Night Sea Journey and Greylock. He knew about my fourth novel and was anxious to hear about it, ever encouraging and supportive. Over the past six years, I was among many writers he brought into his circle. His legacy, his wisdom, will endure in all of us. Thank you, Phil for all you’ve done for me and for my stories. You made a tremendous difference in my life, my creativity, and my stories.