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Gerald Darnell

AUTHOR’S BIO - Gerald W. Darnell Longwood, FL A Florida native, Gerald grew up and attended high school in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, he spent time in Hopkinsville, KY, Memphis, TN, Boston, MA and Newport, AR before moving back to Florida – where he now lives. Gerald worked as a Senior Manager with several Fortune 100 companies, before officially retiring in 2007. His non-fiction book, ‘Don’t Wake Me Until It’s Time To Go’, is a bio-narrative including humorous stories and events spanning his life from pre-high school to retirement. His fiction books are what he calls ‘Fiction for Fun’. They use real geography and include pictures and characters some readers might recognize. The ‘Carson Reno Mystery Series’ are adventure mysteries set in the early 1960 time period, with the primary geography being Memphis and small southern towns. Core characters continue through each book, along with new and unique characters for each story. During the early 70's the author worked from an office in the Memphis Peabody Hotel, so many of the events about the hotel in Carson Reno’s stories are real, as well as many of the characters you meet. His books are available at selected bookstores, gift shops, on-line and through Amazon and Barnes and Noble . e-books are available at Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook formats. Published Carson Reno Mystery’s include: ‘Murder in Humboldt’ ISBN 978-0-557-73416-0 ‘The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land’ ISBN 978-1-257-08529-3 ‘Killer Among Us’ ISBN 978-1-257-03976-0 ‘Horse Tales’ ISBN 978-1-257-94687-7 ‘the Crossing’ ISBN 978-1-105-10929-4 ‘SUnset 4’ ISBN 978-1-4626-3953-3 ‘the Everglades’ ISBN 978-1-105-24363-9

Story: A Train Called the City of New Orleans


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Write about things you know.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Outline - always


Lisa Rose

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I really liked your story. It seemed to me to be an old-fashioned detective story. I felt like I was in a black and white episode of the old show Dragnet. Very enjoyable. Carson is a likeable character who is only out to do his job, while enjoying some free time with his girlfriend (he could have just left her without an explanation, but didn't. I liked that). I especially liked the character of Liz who refused to go any farther without her clothes and makeup. Good story. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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Great short story

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