Thomas Kies can tell you that persistence and determination are qualities that will bring writing goals to fruition. His first published novel will be released in May 2017 by Poisoned Pen Press. After writing four other novels that have “never seen the light of day”, his fifth book, Random Road, is a success and is the first in the Geneva Chase series. Kies is currently working on the second. “I’ve worked for newspapers and magazines most of my life.” Kies stated. “But I’ve wanted to be a novelist for years.” He didn’t give up. After finding and working with an agent his persistence has finally paid off. He landed a publishing contract with Poisoned Pen Press.

In his book, reporter Geneva Chase returns to her hometown newspaper in Connecticut with a motive other than work. She is an alcoholic and is trying to recover while hiding her drinking problem from her coworkers in the newsroom. A chance encounter at an AA meeting changes her own life and puts her in jeopardy as she investigates  one of the most grisly murder scenes of her career. Her story will uncover the secrets of others in her hometown of Sheffield, as well as the identity of a vicious killer.

Random Road has attained the honor of being listed as “Debut of the Month” in the Library Journal’s March edition. This book may be preordered on the websites of Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, and Poisoned Pen Press.

Thomas Kies spent most of his career writing in New England and New York. He now lives in Coastal North Carolina and is currently serving as president of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce while continuing to work on the second book in his Geneva Chase mystery series. Although he has plans to travel during the month of April to promote Random Road, he will also join Carteret Writers on Wednesday, April 12 to talk about his process of becoming a novelist and the determination it took to get there.

Our luncheon programs are free and open to the public. We meet at the Golden Corral in Morehead City on the second Wednesday of each month, September through April. A “Dutch Treat” lunch and networking begins at 11:15 and speakers begin at noon. Guests are always welcome and no reservations are needed.

Carteret Writers Group Luncheoun