Alternative outcome: Where fact and fiction collide (Mike Stanhope Mysteries Book 1)
Only a few people have read downbeat journalist Mike Stanhope's first self-published novel, but are some of them finding more in it than he ever intended? He can't work out if that's the problem, or if he's upset someone with one of his articles. Either way, he sets out to find the girl who sparked his story in the first place, and that quest promises a new romantic involvement ... but also threatens danger. Fact and fiction quickly intertwine.
Alternative Outcome - where fact and fiction collide
Self-publishing is challenging enough for any would-be author, but when downbeat journalist Mike Stanhope decides to spice up his life by writing his own mystery novel, and bases it on a true story from the past, the consequences for him are much more dramatic than he ever expected.
Initially it's not the book that causes the problems, but Mike's decision to track down someone he featured in it - a girl he knew briefly in his childhood. Finding her proves much harder than he expected, but as he continues his search, he starts to wonder if he has metaphorically poked a hornets' nest. Or are the people who are hassling him upset by an article he once wrote in a magazine? Whichever it is, people are hounding him, and they're becoming increasingly violent in how they go about it.
As the pace gathers and the mystery deepens, the prospect of a new relationship hovers in front of Mike. But she's committed to someone else, and he's distracted by his search for the girl from his past. He has to reconcile present with past and fact with fiction as his internal and external worlds collide.
Alternative Outcome is written in confident, transparent prose, and features strong characters and lively, natural dialogue. It presents a complex and intriguing plot in which the multiple strands gradually converge as they approach the surprising conclusion.