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Wayne Stinnett

Is an American novelist and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, Diver Master, taxi driver, construction manager, and truck driver, among many other things. He lives on one of the Sea Islands of South Carolina Lowcountry, near Parris Island, with his wife and their youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grandchildren, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. He grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico.

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Hey, y'all. It's been a while. So, I'm going to make up for it with a rather lengthy post here.

All last week, I was in St. Pete Beach, Florida for the 30th Annual Novelists, Inc Conference. The conference was Wednesday through Sunday and it was amazing. The energy, information, and networking were incredible as always.

As the 2019 NINC president, I arrived the Sunday before to make sure everything went smoothly and attend a few pre-conference meetings. Aside from those I wasn't really needed. The conference team did an outstanding job, everything kicked off without a hitch, and about all I had to do was write a whole lot of Thank You notes to industry guests and speakers.

If you're a professional author, this is the one conference every year that you CAN'T miss. This year's attendance set a record for NINC, as did the number of Industry Guest attendees. There were nearly 100 new members attending the First-Timer's Orientation on Wednesday and we did the best we could to prepare them. I saw quite a few dazed expression on Saturday.

Tuesday evening I went to dinner at Rumfish Grill with my editor Marsha Zinberg, my co-author Kimberli Bindschatel, and my narrator Nick Sullivan. The aquarium behind us was built by the TV show Tanked. Ideas flew around the table and I'm happy to say that a new Charity book is coming in 2020.

Greta and Jordan arrived on Wednesday to experience some of NINC and I was so happy to introduce them to my friends in the industry. Greta and I hung out with Nick, Tricia and Allen Carroll, and several others at the Tiki bar one evening and really relaxed. While I was in workshops during the day, Greta and Jordan strolled on the beach or swam in one of the many pools at Tradewinds Resort. Thank you, Mike, Jim, and all the Tradewinds staff.

To the members of NINC who elected me to lead this organization this year, WTH were y'all thinking? 😉 Seriously though, I'm deeply humbled and I hope I did things right. I'm proud of what we accomplished this year and I know next year is going to be even better. Again, I had very little to do with the outcome, but I'm proud nonetheless.

For my readers, thank you for allowing me to continue to do what I love; tell stories. I learned a great deal while at the conference and am eager to get started on my next project. I arrived home Monday evening and spent all day yesterday catching up. That will be the order of business today, as well.

Marsha has the final manuscript and started editing on Monday, after she got home to Toronto. Rising Spirit is right on schedule for its November 28th release.

So, what's next? What did you guys think of Jerry Snyder and DJ Martin in Rising Water? Jerry was the straight-laced, by-the-book cop from Newport Beach, California, and DJ was the long-haired, loose cannon, combat vet with one leg. They started out as minor characters, but as I wrote, they evolved and I started seeing an Odd Couple sort of duo. Then it hit me; Riggs and Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon. I loved that interaction by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

I'm happy to announce that the first novel in the new Caribbean Mystery Series will be launched in 2020, with an as yet untitled story written by me and my friend Stewart Matthews, author of the Barrett Mason thrillers. We've been talking about this for a while and Stewart put together an outline. It was full of Riggs & Murtaugh moments and when I asked, he said that was where he got the inspiration, too. So, we're on the same page, forgive the pun.

So, the sun is rising and I notice it's a little farther to the south since I left. I heard they got two feet of snow in Montana the other day. Next Monday, I'll start putting together Rising Thunder, the 17th book in the Jesse McDermitt series. Where should Jesse go this time? He needs to thaw out a little after Rising Spirit. Guatemala? Belize? The Middle East?
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