The Whistleblower Onslaught is the first book that I have written from the perspective of an employment lawyer. This is a work of fiction, but the dispute, courtroom battles and deposition draw on some of my experiences over the years.
I will be posting about some of the other characters in the Whistleblower Onslaught. I am getting numerous comments about Lee Henry, the indefatigable investigator who always finds a way, whether or not above board, and the enigmatic Jerry Anders, as well as the Winslow family. You will likely have definite opinions about both Lee Henry and Jerry Anders as they each relentlessly pursue their very different goals.
In some ways, the desire or maybe the need, to be a story-teller is innate. I have loved writing stories for as long as I could write. Plotlines and the development of characters are both on my mind all the time. I have notebooks everywhere. I wake up at night and make a note so I don’t lose a thought. It’s a little obsessive, but I love it. I sit down at the computer and before I know it, four or five hours have disappeared. It may have been consumed with a single chapter, bits of six different chapters or the development of a character and what he or she would or would not do in an unexpected situation.
As I develop a story-line, I integrate characters that have their own motivations, foibles and character traits or flaws that dictate the action. People have weaknesses that get them into trouble and sometimes that trouble goes beyond their ability to cope. The characters I write often have such weaknesses and are tested to if they can find a way out of the category five storm that they helped to create. People have personality traits—or disorders—that can take them to mortal danger. Sometimes they can find the inner strength to find a way through that storm, sometimes not. The fascinating part of it is that once I start writing a character, I often find that the character begins to write him or herself—to tell me what they would do based upon who they are. When that starts to happen, the story sometimes takes me somewhere unplanned. Sometimes I’m not happy with where we wind, but on other occasions I love the character, the character’s actions and where they have taken us and I think that you will be also. But none of this matters without the reader. So climb into a comfortable chair, open the book and let’s go for a ride!