Cover Reveal for Geoff Hudson-Searle's Book

As many of you know I'm a retired police detective turned crime fiction writer. I've done a lot of other things in life prior to police work and I wish I had a book like Freedom After the Sharks when I got started. It still looks like a worthy read, even in retirement. Following is a little bit about the book and the author.

 Cover Freedom After The Sharks

Geoff Hudson-Searle's book "Freedom after the Sharks" is coming out soon. The book covers how to survive regardless of a lack of resources and finances in a declining economy. The book discusses business failures, success, and includes business models that can be implemented immediately. The primary target audience are entrepreneurs. Starting up, they may not be sure of the path to take. Even if they can visualize the path, it is good to learn from other people’s mistakes and failures. Other groups of readers are middle management or junior executives who are looking for a fascinating life story of courage, drive, and inspiration. The secondary target audience are graduates and college students who will find information that will prepare them for their career.

About the author: Geoff Hudson-Searle is a very passionate and innovating international director whose leadership is characterized by sharing information, round-table discussions, and strategic growth and deployment. Embracing cultural diversity in business, Geoff is a thought-leader. Now, he has added being an author to his impressive resume. Geoff blogs about his business insights and workshops here.

A Death Remembered (Not Fiction)

I know he wondered why the world suddenly fell beneath his feet, and why the seconds felt like the duration of life, as he tumbled into the darkness that passed over like wind.

London Book Fair 2013

A Detailed Man is in good company at the London Book Fair. I'm very excited to be included with these great authors.

Gelfman Schneider: London Book Fair 2013

The Confidential Life will be the second book in the Detective Ezra Simeon series.

The Mystery Bookshelf's Best of 2012

   I recently found this, and thought I'd share it. It's very nice to be included. Blogs like this play a huge role in building readership.  The Mystery Bookshelf

   Working hard on book two, The Confidential Life, which I will have finished by Spring.


If anyone read, and liked A Detailed Man, you can vote for it at the following link as one of the "Top Indie" books of 2012, under #5.

There are also some other great reads, especially the authors I spent time with in Quebec for the 2012 Quebec Literary and Mystery Writers Festival - Mons Kallentoft, Peggy Blair, Wayne Arthurson, Chris Holm, Owen Laukkanen, Robert Pobi, John Connolly, Michael Robotham and Peter Kirby.

So cast your vote here -  House of Crime and Mystery

Quebec City's 2012 Crime and Mystery Literary Festival

It has taken me a few days, but I've finally found the time to put a little pictorial together on the Quebec Crime Festival that took place October 25th - 27th, 2012.
This doesn't come close to capturing the atmosphere of the event and all the wonderful people I met. 

A little prop plane from Montreal to Quebec. Coincidentally  I sat beside a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff who was on leave and visiting a friend. Needless to say, I gave him a copy of my book.

Left to right 1st row - Archer Mayer, Linwood Barclay, Michael Robotham, John Connolly, Brian Freeman, Peggy Blair, Giles Blunt and Mons Kallentoft. Left to right 2nd row - Chris Holm, Owen Laukkanen, Mark Billingham, Laura Lippman, David Swinson and Wayne Arthurson. Not pictured here - Robert Pobi.
Organizers Jacques Filippi and Guy Dubois introducing the first panel.                                                
Touring Old Quebec (Wayne Arthurson, Mons Kallentoft, David Swinson)
Later with Rob Pobi, who actually was a fan of Roadside Prophets, the 1991 film I co-produced. Go figure.

Hypersonic Brainstorming

Yesterday evening during dinner, my wife C and I were talking to our daughter V, about what she learned that day in Kindergarten.

“About opposites,” she said and then, “The opposite of 6 is 9.”

We agreed.

That’s creative thinking. A visual mind.

I asked her, “What’s the opposite of zero?”

She thought for a moment and then said, “O.” As in the letter.
Again, a visually-minded creative thinker.

C said, “Actually, the opposite of zero is nothing. But zero is also the center of an infinite amount of numbers, both plus and minus , but you were also right because an opposite can be something that is very different from something else.”

After V was put to bed, I went to my desk in an effort to write. But after about an hour of staring at the screen, I decided I might do better to just find a comfortable position on the bed, notepad and pen on the nightstand, and do a bit of brainstorming.

It was almost 10 pm.

I thought a lot about the book and the next scene with detective Simeon and his new partner. I knew where I wanted to go, but for some reason “zero” kept popping into my head. The more I tried to keep my mind off of it the more vivid the image of zero became. I couldn't let it go.

I smiled when I thought about the dinner conversation and how V’s five year old mind worked. However, my mind wanted to grasp an image and wrestle with it. Trust me, I’m not a mathematician. I somehow managed to muddle my way through college level mathematics. Fortunately, my major, which was communications and film only called for a passing grade.

Despite my severe dislike for math and the fact that it was disrupting my writing process, I couldn't let it go.

The whole idea of it!

Zero is nothing, nil, zilch, but it still has to have a value. After all, it is the center of the infinite numerical universe. In fact, the opposite of zero had to be either nothing or have two opposites; positive one and negative one.

I thought about googling something as silly as, “What is zero?” It’d be easy. Everything I needed to know was out there. I didn't though, because for some reason I needed to sort this out myself. 

Maybe I was avoiding something?

I didn’t want to be influenced by anything on the web. As stupid as what I’ll probably come up with without the web’s assistance, I had to resolve it with what little I knew about mathematics. 

The value of zero?

It has a center role, but if you combine all the negative numbers with their positive counterparts then you’d have zero. Nothing. Zero sucks them all up. Also, when you add zeros to decimals, the numbers get smaller. And then, if you add it to the value of another number you make that number greater – 10, 20, 30… 

Zero is like superglue. It holds all the numbers in line, from left to right – infinity and beyond. It’s also something that is not a part of anything until it’s needed and when it is needed it makes the whole number greater. Without it there is only counting numbers one to nine and then you always come back to one. It seems to me that zero has a greater value than all the numbers. What else can be both nothing and something at the same time?

This went on for a very long time. My brain wouldn’t stop. Before I knew it, it was 6am. I had been up all night. All night, and without the assistance of anything like caffeine or whatever other substance might “legally” give you a serious boost.

All because of nothing.
It all worked out for the best, though. My brain got a serious workout and all the nonsense that had been stored in there is now gone.

It’s time to go back and stare at the screen on my laptop, hope for the best and stay clear of any conversation that might create silly, unnecessary clutter.