Richard Klaus Thoughts

The World according to Richard Klaus..Trains, Planes, Cars, Wales,Scotland.

OK, really back this time.

Yeah I know, been gone for a while. Working on my first, well second book of Science Fiction. The first was a very A. Bertram Chandler type of work, the main character sort of a space going, free trader. Never finished that story, but it has potential in the future. Of course after all these years it will probably be seriously rewritten.

The current work, tentatively titled “The Dayton Letter” is a time travel work. Very near done, at least to the test read point. This story was spawned by an incident in the past that I did not hear about until much after it had happened.

Several years ago I began to look for some friends from my very early years. Found some but Janet Crouchley was elusive. Not just a name change, it was like she had dropped out of existence. Turns out I was tragically correct.

We had been really good friends in grade school but went separate ways in our teen years.

Finally found a newspaper article that mentioned a Janet Jewell in Oklahoma City. A victim of a serial killer. I dug in deep and yes it was Janet. The details of her kidnapping rape and death are more than I’ll share here, but suffice to say horrendous.

That led to a conversation at the local pub, where Jody, the bartender at the time asked, “What if you could go back and change that day.”

Thus was born “The Dayton Letter.”

Since some of you might be test readers, I’m not going to get into details of the story here, I think that could ruin the whole point of a test read. At this point, what I’m looking for is about 10 people that would like to read a rough bound early version of the story. Maybe for some of you a PDF file for your computer?  Then get back to me with anything you don’t understand about the story. Of course, the problem is that myself and a few people that have been in on the early development know so much about the characters that we might unconsciously fill in the blanks, and let the book come out with gaps in the background.

Now the warning. A few of the characters get a bit adventurous in their adult behavior. An early reader of the first bits said I was very close to writing 50 Shades of Dr. Who. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, but there you are. It’s not a kiddie book.

Anyway, I’m starting to look for those first readers, if anyone’s interested.

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November 11, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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