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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. Audio books at Audible and iTunes.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Florida? I'm not sure where I live now has anything to do with it. However, I am proud to be an author who can use his life experiences to entertain others with fictional stories using times most remember and geography that is real.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My High School English teacher - Mrs. Gee.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing tales of my outdoor adventures (non-fiction) for several magazines back in the 70's. I knew at that point a book about my life might be interesting - at least interesting to me! So, I began making notes and organizing thoughts. After 13 years I finally put them into a book 'Don’t' Wake Me Until It's Time To Go'.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I do - read my bio. I write my Carson Reno Mystery Series using memories from my early life.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Before.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Mystery and Crime. I love the old mysteries, and base all my stories in the 1960's - using the fun and the memories of those times.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? My Carson Reno Mystery Series began with the story of murder in a small town - a town I grew up in. I could never imagine that actually happening, so I thought it would be fun to make it up for the readers.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Helping others achieve their dream of writing a book. I do that often, and very rewarding to see them applaud their own achievement.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Not really. Everyone dislikes negative reviews, but they are a part of the writing process.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? My first audio book. Actually hearing my words spoken by a professional -listening to my story being transformed into the spoken word. It was, and still is, a rewarding experience.
Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Just the rejections - as all writers experience. It can't be avoided, and is a part of the process. However, when you're finally published, it would be nice to tell all the rejecting publishers - TOLD YOU!!
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don't write to get rich - write to enrich others.
Who is your favorite author and why? I have many, but John Grisham is one of my more recent favorites.
Jack Sloan is an ex-cop, a ‘down on his luck’ private detective, and is in serious trouble with some Miami drug dealers. He owes a lot of money and has no way to pay it back.
Then, with just a knock on his door, it seems all his problems are solved. He has a new client with a simple problem and a lot of money available to resolve it. Or, that’s the way it seems.
Jack’s troubles escalate, and his new client has dug a hole that might turn into a grave for both of them.
Join Jack Sloan as he finds trouble on every corner of Miami Beach, and lives a nightmare in the ‘Concrete Jungle’.
Gerald W. Darnell’s Carsdon Reno Mystery Series
Dead Men Don't Remember
Killer Among Us
Murder In Humboldt
The Concrete Jungle
The Fingerprint Murders
The Price Of Beauty In Strawberry Land