The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O’Shea Mysteries) by John Carenen, guest post, giveaway and blog tour

The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O’Shea Mysteries)
by John Carenen



About the Book

The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O’Shea Mysteries)
3rd in Series
FPS (February 10, 2018)
Paperback: 340 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1945338946

He’d promised Sheriff Payne that he wouldn’t take any more matters into his own hands. So, when on a leisurely morning drive, SEAL-trained Thomas O’Shea sees two girls attacking a boy on a sidewalk, he opts not to intervene. When the boy is later murdered in the local hospital, though, all promises are off. What seems at the start to be a simple case of gang activity turns out to be far more. Even O’Shea, who has seen more than his share of evil, could not have guessed what is about to transpire…

Guest Post

I have discovered an approach to writing that I don’t believe I’ve seen from other writers. Having published the first three novels in the Thomas O’Shea series, I am also working on two more books. One, of course, is novel #4 in the O’Shea series, and I’m well into that effort, sitting at around 20 chapters right now.

The different approach to writing is this:  I am simultaneously writing another novel, a stand-alone “literary” novel. I’m at 12 chapters on this one.

Benefits? I have found that if I hit a rough spot in one novel, I can switch to the other and get work done with that one. Frankly, this surprises me, but it seems to keep me pumped, inspired, or enthusiastic. Or all of those things.

The O’Shea novel is told in first person, from Thomas’ perspective, which can be limiting because the reader has to trust what the speaker is saying. Is he reliable? Does he have blind spots in his relationships? Is he too kind to his own motivations?

The “literary” novel is told in the limited omniscient point of view. We can see inside the protagonist’s head, we can step back and take a look at the setting as well as other important characters, and we can have the luxury of an objective assessment of what is happening in the story.

Will this work with two published novels from two different genres with two points of view from the same author? Time will tell. I hope to have them both finished by the end of the summer. Wish me luck!



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About the Author

John Carenen, a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared numerous times in Reader’s Digest (including a First Person Award), McCall’s, Dynamic Years, and other periodicals. He has been a featured columnist in newspapers in Morganton, North Carolina and Clinton, South Carolina. His fiction has appeared in regional literary magazines. A novel, Son-up, Son-down, was published by the National Institute of Mental Health. He is happily married to (long-suffering) Elisabeth, and they have two grown daughters, Caitlin and Rowe. When he isn’t writing, he thinks about getting in shape, cheers for the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox, and takes frequent naps. He has traveled extensively, having visited 43 states and 23 countries. He is a USAF veteran, having served in the Philippines and Massachusetts. A retired an English professor at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina, he is hard at work on another novel.

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