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My STAND by Robert E. Dunn | Katrina Williams Series Book Tour | Mystery Thriller

Have you read any of the books in the Katrina Williams series? The mystery thriller series by Robert E. Dunn is on virtual book tour and s...

Have you read any of the books in the Katrina Williams series? The mystery thriller series by Robert E. Dunn is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




My STAND

Guest Post - Robert E. Dunn

I’m taking a stand.
YAWN
I saw that. I understand it too. Saying that you are taking a stand in today’s America is like announcing you’re taking a breath. It seems like people are shouting everywhere. And all those shouts are about what they believe. Who they believe in.
But I don’t really believe in shouting. I’m just a poor writer trying to get some books out into the world. I’m not one of those celebrity writers who gets attention for their position on a topic. I’m certainly not one of those celebrities, who has decided to write a book. That’s to say I don’t have the benefit of celebrity. Heck, I hardly sell any books. I do hope to change that, hint-hint. The thing is that me saying I am taking a stand and the kind of position I’m talking about has the chance to hurt me. At least it has the chance to hurt my sales.
I can literally hear eyes rolling out there. Who cares? Say what I have to say and shove off, you’re thinking.
That’s the thing. I’m not here to lecture or tell you to do anything. This is about me. This is about the small things I can do to make a better world and, I hope, better books.
A little about me—I’m an old, white, guy. To look at me you would think I’m the poster-boy for status quo. That’s important because of the messages in my books. If you know nothing of me but my middle-class American, Caucasian position in the world, you might have an expectation about the books, and characters I write. And it is the expectation I’m taking a stand on.
I’ve said this before, good writing, the kind that inspires a deep connection between the author and the reader, will always give something of the writer away. Why? Because art takes effort. Anyone can throw paint at a canvas. Few can make it mean something. Most of us are not a Jackson Pollock. The same is true for books. We can all toss words at a page. It’s easier than ever with word processing, digital publishing and a thirsty internet to put words out and call it a book. Like I said earlier, any celebrity can do it and make more money off one than I will off fifty.
Okay, maybe I got a little sidetracked.
Now where was I?
Art. Yes. And expectation. I want to change what you expect from my books. My Katrina (Hurricane) Williams novels are set in the Missouri Ozarks. The Ozarks are not a region noted for broad racial depth, or cultural diversity. You may not have noticed, but in those books, Katrina has interacted with people of color in primary roles. She has encountered, and been changed by, gay characters. The latest, the upcoming, A Dark Path, deals with racism. That’s no surprise. I’ve written books before that have used that theme. The stand it not against racism. Who doesn’t stand against that? Don’t answer. If that’s a trigger for you, I don’t want to hear it. My stand is not against, but for.
I make an effort to include diverse characters in my books. That’s it. That’s my stand. Diversity. By that I don’t mean casual inclusion. And I don’t mean that I intend to write books about cultural experiences that I have no experience with. It is not about taking from anyone or representing what I can’t. I mean, my book’s worlds should be diverse. And that’s not a simple, black and white, or race issue. It means different people. Race, gender, sexuality, abilities—all the things I encounter in life I want reflected in my books. Actually I want them reflected in all books. That’s nothing I have a say in so I will try simply setting an example.
See? Now that I’ve said it, it seems like such a small thing. A writer wants his characters to look like the world around him. Obvious right?
If it was so obvious why did I even have to say it? Why did I ever have to think about it? Story tellers, writers, filmmakers, game makers, comics artists—we’ve all been trained to work toward a certain audience. There’s that old status quo thing. It’s changing. The young artists out there don’t have the same cultural boundaries on them that I grew up with. That’s a great thing.
So what’s it matter that I’m making my own effort? It probably won’t to most of the world. My hope is that it might to my kids. A reader or two might notice. How cool will it be if no one notices? That’s really my goal I guess—that my effort becomes invisible.
And it is no effort at all. That’s why it’s a stand I guess. Something effortless, that can mean so much in the world, needs to be talked about.


A DARK PATH

Katrina Williams Book 3

by Robert E. Dunn

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Pub Date: 8/7/2018




Sheriff's detective Katrina “Hurricane” Williams confronts deep-rooted hate and greed in the Missouri Ozarks in this riveting police procedural…

What at first appears to be a brush fire in some undeveloped bottom land yields the charred remains of a young African-American man. As sheriff’s Katrina Williams conducts her in-spection of the crime scene, she discovers broken headstones and disturbed open graves in a forgotten cemetery.

As Katrina attempts to sort out a complex backwoods criminal network involving the Aryan Brotherhood, meth dealers, and the Ozarks Nightriders motorcycle gang, she is confronted by the sudden appearance of a person out of her own past who may be involved. And what seems like a clear-cut case of racially motivated murder is further complicated by rumors of hidden silver and dark family histories. To uncover the ugly truth, Katrina will need to dig up past crimes and shameful secrets that certain people would kill to keep buried . . .




A PARTICULAR DARKNESS
Katrina Williams Book 2
Pub Date: 9/12/2017

From the author of A Living Grave comes a gripping police procedural featuring sheriff's detective Katrina Williams as she exposes the dark underbelly of Appalachia . . .

Dredging up the Truth

Still recovering from tragedy and grieving a devastating loss, Iraq war veteran and sheriff's detective Katrina Williams copes the only way she knows how—by immersing herself in work. A body's just been pulled from the lake with a fish haul, but what seems like a straight-forward murder case over the poaching of paddlefish for domestic caviar quickly becomes murkier than the depths of the lake.

Soon a second body is found—an illegal Peruvian refugee woman linked to a charismatic tent revival preacher. But as Katrina tries to investigate the enigmatic evangelist, she is blocked by antagonistic FBI agents and Army CID personnel. When more young female refu-gees disappear, she must partner with deputy Billy Blevins, who stirs mixed feelings in her, to connect the lake murder to the refugees. Katrina is no stranger to darkness, but cold-blooded conspirators plan to make sure she'll never again see the light of day . . .




A LIVING GRAVE
Katrina Williams Book 1

The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past…
 
BODY OF PROOF

 Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time—between mandated therapy sessions—until she learns that she’s a suspect in a military investigation with ties to her painful past.
 
The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction, however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread will take time  Katrina might not have as the Army investigator turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the truth—before she’s found buried…






Robert E. Dunn was born an Army brat and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. He wrote his first book at age eleven turning a series of Jack Kirby comic books into a hand written novel.

Over many years in the, mostly, honest work of video and film production he produced everything from documentaries, to training films and his favorite, travelogues. He returned to writing mystery, horror, and fantasy fiction for publication after the turn of the century. It seemed like a good time for change even if the changes were not always his choice.


Mr. Dunn is the author of the horror novels, THE RED HIGHWAY, MOTORMAN, and THE HARROWING, as well as the Katrina Williams mystery/thriller series, A LIVING GRAVE, A PARTICULAR DARKNESS, and the upcoming A DARK PATH.





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8 comments

  1. Best of luck with the books and book tour! I included the tour in the Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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  2. I like the cover. It makes me want to pick it up and read it!

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  3. The book sounds intriguing. I look forward to reading it.

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  4. Ohhhhh the cover is very ominous! What is the light hitting in the darkness?

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  5. No questions - the cover is interesting

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  6. The barbed wire on the book cover signals something intriguing is to unfold.

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  7. I really like the covers of your books. They show a grittier side and make me want to read them.

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  8. Great cover... looks very interesting!

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