Local resident publishes first novel
The Writer’s Circle at Del Webb Charleston, the Cane Bay community’s chartered club for literary pursuits, celebrated the publication of member Don Horan’s first novel last month when his suspense thriller Slug Line debuted on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
Slug Line is a suspense thriller that centers on a terrorist plot set in the nation’s capital. The book uses a grass-root commuting innovation, unique to Washington DC, called “slugging” that serves as the catalyst for a hostage-taking drama. The story involves the terrorist cell matching wits with government agencies, while secretly trying to promote a second, more sensational terror attack. The government’s efforts are both enhanced and complicated by two highly-skilled operatives “free-lancing” the investigation from the outside. From the gripping realism of hostage ordeals, to the complexities of the government’s crisis management, Slug Line weaves a highly credible narrative with compelling dialog to deliver a thrilling tale of zealotry, intrigue and heroism.
Author Don Horan is a security consultant whose practice specializes in the retail and hospitality industries, as well as security planning for special events. He contributes regularly to industry texts and periodicals, and authored The Retailer’s Guide to Loss Prevention and Security published in 1997.
But Slug Line is his first foray into fiction, and the effort was a labor of love that took nearly eight years to complete. And as a first-time novelist, Don encountered many of the obstacles to publication that we all can appreciate. But perseverance and networking do indeed pay off, as Don was introduced by mutual acquaintance to an entrepreneur who had just published his own first time e-novel. In so doing, he founded his own e-publishing company called Benu Books, and was on the lookout for featured titles with which to grow his publishing brand. Once Slug Line was approved, Benu Books provided the copy editing and cover art services that brought the manuscript up to publication standards. The marketing plan will feature an interactive website for reader feedback, reviews, and other related news on Slug Line.
Don has begun work on a follow-up novel called Privilege, and the reader gets a sneak preview of it at the very end of Slug Line. In the meantime, we look forward to Don’s continued involvement with the Del Webb Charleston’s Writer’s Circle, his frequent articles for the Community’s Resident News, and script work for the Cane Bay Players.