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Seeking an Agent for my latest book
"The Threefer Mystery"
Mystery, humor, and romance combine to drive this
Pittsburgh-based murder mystery
My first inspiration to write came from a 12th grade creative writing class in Pittsburgh, PA. Poetry, plus teenage angst, morphed into a love of songwriting which continues to this day. Music and playing gigs got me through Penn State and a few years of being a full-time musician. I’ve been a major player in recording five albums, including fourteen of my songs, with the most recent CD in 2016. https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hugheskidderandrounds
Some of my early experiences working as a child abuse investigator and caseworker in youth and family services left story threads rumbling in my head, as did being a romantic at heart, an ongoing singer-songwriter, an avid reader and movie lover. Later, working in the video industry and writing a Video Guy movie review column, well, this leads to a lot of ideas.
I’ve melded several experiences into short-stories. “Another Special One” takes off from my social service years, and “Gemstone in the Rubble” was in response to a 1994 picture of a Chechen soldier and a piano in LIFE Magazine. Both stories won top prize in Boston area writing contests.
Buoyed by the success of, and positive critical response to these two stories – and, most recently by a lot of new-found time to write – I’ve written a full-length book, “The Threefer Mystery” a crime novel, a reflection on the haunting death of a caseworker's client, that evolved into a murder mystery with romance and humor. I am currently shopping this to literary agents, as I work on another novel and lots of short stories!
Retirement from the 40-hour work a day world in Boston to 7-years on a 7-acre plot in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia* with my beloved bride, the Divine Ms. C, gave me lots of inspiration, and now we're seeing what Northern VA has to offer! We have a blended family of four creative, motivated Millennials and two grand kitties. We try to “goof on” our children at every opportunity…just to keep them on their toes!
* Those are Virginia mountains in the page background! Thanks to the magnificent photographer, Chuck Almarez, for allowing use of this photo.
You can find more of his work at: http://www.fireandlightgallery.com/#/page/home/
The Back Story
When I managed a video store, I wrote a newspaper column called "Video Guy". This was my work-a-day world for 19 years and I love movies. I've revived the Video Guy in my Blog along with some of the old and new reviews. The older movies are still out there on Netflix and Prime and worth the watch. The Blog has some Music Guy and Writer Guy reviews of interesting things I find along the road of life. My opinions are just that, and I welcome alternative perspectives. Enjoy!
My first inspiration to write came from a 12th grade creative writing class in Pittsburgh, PA. Poetry, plus teenage angst, morphed into a love of songwriting which continues to this day. Music and playing gigs got me through Penn State University - plus a few years of being lucky enough to be a full-time musician.
I’ve been a major player in recording 5 albums that included 14 of my songs. "The School House Project" was recorded in 2016 inside the old one-room Rock Hill School in Linden Hall, PA. Amazing acoustics! My songs - Why Wasn't Love Enough, No Suspenders, Time and Time Again, and Til the Sun Gets Here - along with the whole CD, can be sampled, purchased or downloaded at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/hugheskidderandrounds