It Takes a Community to Write and Publish a Book. Here Are the Key Players (So Far) in the Writing and Publishing of My Debut Novels in the Sheriff Luke McWhorter mystery series

My life-long companion and business partner, Sherry, has spent an untold number of hours vetting every twist and turn in [these works]. Her sense of how the world works is uncanny and her imagination is boundless. So is my love for her, and my appreciation of what her selfless spirit and zest for living bring to my work.

I’m indebted to these individuals for their assistance with the Sheriff Luke McWhorter mystery series:

Brandon Allen, M.D., Assistant Medical Director, Adult Emergency Department, University of Florida Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Florida. E.D. procedures and terminology.

Amy L. Beam, Ed.D., owner of Mount Ararat Trek travel agency of Dogubayazit, Turkey, and Barbados. The realities of climbing Mt. Ararat.

Jennifer Blanton and Penny Goering, Texas Search and Rescue, Austin, Texas. Care and handling of cadaver dogs.

Jack David, Co-Publisher, and Amy Smith, Marketing Manager, ECW Press, Toronto, Canada, publishing, marketing and general hand-holding.

Leo Halepli, Istanbul and Green Bank, West Virginia, the first Turkish citizen of Armenian descent (“a Bolsohay”) to be offered a position in Turkey’s Secretariat General for EU Affairs. Turkish geography and culture.

Heather A. Reed, Site Manager, Buffalo Gap Historic Village, McWhiney History Education Group, Buffalo Gap, Texas. History and geography of the Callahan Divide area of West Texas.

Marco Samadelli, Ph.D., Researcher at the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, South Tyrol Musuem of Archaeology, Bolzano, Italy. Mummy preservation and all things Italian.

Emily Schultz, Toronto, Canada, and Brooklyn, New York, editing and story content.

Steven Schwartz, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, New York, New York. Finding a publisher and negotiating financial aspects.

My grateful thanks to Charles Boulos and Michèle Carrier of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Gary John, Ed.D., and my brother, Stanley Wayne Lynch, for providing quality control in spades.

Other friends, family or fellow authors who generously answered questions and/or critiqued early drafts include Jay Brandon, Dan Coleman, Skipper Duncan, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Perry Flippin, Larry Hahn, Joe Holley, Victor L. Hunter, Howard R. Johnson, Scott Kinnaird, Larry Lourcey, Major General Don Lynch (U.S. Marine Corps, Retired), Robert M. Randolph and Harold Straughn.

My thanks to staffers at the Roswell (N.M.) Daily Record and the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell for responding to questions about the 1947 incident.

Several individuals have my lasting gratitude for their outsized contributions to developing my writing skills. In the order they appeared in my life:

Mildred Downs, Journalism Teacher, Pharr-San-Juan-Alamo High School, Pharr, Texas.

Heber Tayor, Ph.D., and Charles Marler, Ph.D., Journalism Professors, Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas.

John Ludka, Journalism Professor, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico.

DeWitt Carter Reddick, Ph.D., Journalism Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

Ernest A. Sharpe, Ph.D., Journalism Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

Joe B. Frantz, Ph.D., History Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

Gordon K. Greaves, Editor, Portales News-Tribune, Portales, New Mexico.

T. Jay Harris, Editor, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, Texas.

Howard (Bud) DeWald, Editor, Arizona Republic Sunday Magazine, Phoenix, Arizona.

Etta Jones Lynch, Biographer and Writing Skills Developer, Lubbock and Houston, Texas.

[The above individuals are also acknowledged in the Sheriff McWhorter book, A Fragment Too Far, that is due for release by ECW Press of Toronto on October 1. One Good and Deadly Deed, the second book, is in the works at ECW Press.]

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