Genre: Mystery/Thriller Short Stories
Meet The Author
John L. Guerra is a career reporter and writer and a long-time resident of Key West. As a former editor and reporter at the Island's daily newspaper, he has witnessed and written about the daily turn of events as well as witnessed some of the biggest events in the island's history. He loves the wide spectrum of people in Key West, from which he creates the rich characters who populate his stories. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites around the country and has written dozens of short stories. Maddie's Gone is his first novel. Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism and Latin American history.
Writing is a journey that begins with a single step. Sorry to use a cliche off the bat (get it?), but readers have every right to expect a voyage into the unknown and emerge entertained, energized, and satisfied. It has been said that it's like playing God, this deciding that a character will die while another is rescued; or determining how fate, in the form of a knock at the door or a lightning bolt, changes the direction of a plot. I consider that control more akin to a puppeteer than a higher power, because puppet masters ignore prayers.
Perhaps it's a need wrought by my powerlessness in the real world. The payoff is watching readers embrace the characters and emotionally invest in what happens to them.
John L. Guerra
A lost dog is the framework for this collection of stories about Key West, JFK, and lost dreams. Embedded between the chapters in Maddie's tale are self-contained short stories in which the little terrier appears briefly during her accidental adventure - stories that span the length and breadth of the island's history and culture.
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