Today we ask author Mark Cohen about Prodigal Son of Spade Pepper Keane. His last novel (Blue Tick Revenge) appeared in 2005.
1) Will Pepper Keane return?
Yes, Pepper Keane will return. (More on this below).
2) Why haven't you written about him for some time now?
I have not written about PK in a while primarily because I resigned my cushy government job due to politics and had to start working again like most everyone else. At the same time we adopted two more children, thus making a total of three children from China. The younger two started kindergarten this year, so life is returning to a more normal schedule, leaving more time for writing.
3) What's up next for you?
I am working on my third Pepper Keane book, tentatively titled When the Cactus is in Bloom. This mystery starts with the unexplained murder of Pepper's Uncle Ray at his remote shack in southern Colorado. A draft of Chapter 1 is attached.
My agent has not started shopping When the Cactus is in Bloom; I don't want to shop it until I have completed my first draft.
For more info about this author check out www.pepperkeane.com