Contributed by: Diane Buckner
We have been sharing new book release information with our SearchAmelia readers about Authors Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly. This thriller-writing team is quite unique.
Unlike most co-writers, who are either same-sex or married to each other, these two are neither. In fact, they each have families and live in separate cities.
Gary is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida, and his co-writer, Vicky, lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia. To my knowledge, this is the only such novelist team.
In the last few years, the course of their writing career has followed an interesting path. After partnering in late 2007, they began to solicit literary agents for their novel, Three Keys to Murder. In August of 2008, they were signed to Park Literary in New York City. Park Literary represents such well-known authors as Nicholas Sparks and Debbie Macomber. Unfortunately, two things worked against them. One, publishers had fallen on hard times. The days of instantly accepting agented author works was gone, and publishers were taking very few chances on unknown writers. Secondly, Park Literary did not have a history of representing the thriller genre. After working with the agency for two-and-a-half years, Williams’ and Knerly’s career had stalled. Their agent had been unable to achieve a sale to a publisher. Finally, in April of 2011, they opted to cut ties with Park Literary, and that summer, they decided to go in a new direction. With e-book sales climbing from seven percent of total book sales to 16 percent over the last year, and with e-book sales expected to reach 50 percent of all book sales within several years, they signed with an e-publisher, Suspense Publishing, a subsidiary of Suspense Magazine in California.
From November 21, 2011 to September 4 of this year, Williams and Knerly have published three e-novels: Death in the Beginning, Three Keys to Murder, and Indisputable Proof, and one short story: Before the Proof. The first two novels carry a decidedly provincial trait as both are set on the First Coast – St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach. The latest novel, Indisputable Proof, is a global thriller and has received rave reviews from readers. Australian best-selling writer Grieg Beck said, “Dan Brown better look over his shoulder – Williams and Knerly are here for his crown. Indisputable Proof is an edge-of-the-seat thriller with great storytelling backed by brilliant research.” A Book Vacation Review said, “It’s an age-old mystery unfolding before the reader’s eyes, giving a different perspective based on recordings and findings of the past, and the way Williams and Knerly present their novel, pulling the reader into the story and causing them to question all they know, is amazing.”
You can read more about Williams and Knerly on their web site at www.williamsknerly.com.
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