The books I write, both nonfiction and fiction, start with ideas and branch out into chapters. The background information in those chapters doesn’t all come from me. No surprise. Even with fiction—perhaps especially with fiction—I want to include accurate information, authentic details. And many of those details are products of research: reading online and printed material and talking to experts.
Once I have collected facts and written a manuscript, I still need help. Writing is a solitary occupation, but making a manuscript as good as it can be certainly is not. I need comments, suggestions, reactions and detailed editing.
I don’t know everything, but I know how to find people who know more than I do. In Desert Kill Switch I thank the people who helped me create my book. I’d like to thank them here, too.
Acknowledgements for Desert Kill Switch
My thanks to the professional team at Black Opal Books including Lauri, Faith, L.P., Arwen, and Jack for their hard work to make the book a reality.
Automobiles—classic cars in particular—are a big part of the story. I could not have included all the details about cars without the help of experts including veteran mechanic and classic car owner Bill Fogel and Tim Cox, a classic car owner and CEO of Quiet Ride Solutions. Any automotive errors here are mine, not theirs. Thanks to Jason Soto and Dustin Dodd for their generous help with my law enforcement questions. And old friend Sue Longson gave me some pointers on auto lending. Again, errors are all mine, not theirs.
Thanks again to Christel Hall for her careful editing.
My special appreciation goes to James Mandas for lending his beautiful 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am to pose for the cover of this book and for his patience in arranging a photo shoot much delayed by weather.
Helpful ideas and support came from writer friends Jane Gorby, Linda Townsdin, Craig Holland, David Pincus and Gene Michals. Many thanks to advance readers and to critique group members: Harriet Snyder, Christina Batjer, Betty Knapp, Carolee Hanks, Carol Watson, Anne Johnson, Marge Parnas, Deb Cork, Brian Cave, Nicole Frens, Rene Averett, and Lucas Ledbetter.
Finally, thanks to my wife, Anne, for her love and support.