Why Did I Write The Cast Net?

My novel, The Cast Net, has recently been released. Several people who have read my work have asked me what inspired my writing.

I have wanted to be a writer since I was in college. One of my favorite professors, David Danow, encouraged me to write, but told me you have to live awhile and experience life to write effectively. I think he was correct. Thirty years later, I sat down to write The Cast Net.

At first, I wanted to create a mystery/suspense novel, but as I developed the characters they started to explore present day social issues that I consider very important. My characters deal with situations of domestic violence, and overcoming the bonds of poverty through education.

I worry that in present day America there is a lack of unity among us. The Cast Net is a story of individuals reaching out with kindness and support, without passing judgement on one another for their differences.  Something we should all strive for!