Writing in the Time of Covid


If you are a writer, a worldwide pandemic leaves you with little choice but to do what writers are supposed to do and yet try to avoid—write!

In the past two years, hunkered down in Milton, Ontario, unable to travel or even go out to a movie, I’ve certainly gotten plenty of writing done. I’ve had time to complete two Sanibel Sunset Detective novels, a Milton mystery, as well as finish the first two installments for a new series of mysteries set at London’s iconic Savoy Hotel, co-authored with my longtime friend, Prudence Emery, who actually worked at the Savoy for five years.

Outside the tiny bubble in which my wife Kathy and I have existed, the world has been thrown into chaos. Millions have died; millions more have become ill. How does a writer writing what are designed as entertainments deal with this sweeping reality?

Well, I’ve dealt with it by sending poor Tree Callister out to save the world. Sort of. What else can a hero, even an unlikely one like Tree, do in a vulnerable time such as this?

One of the benefits of being a writer is that you are able to leave reality behind and jump through the looking glass into a world that you have created and where you are in control. That’s been particularly true over these many months. I’ve been able to get away not only to Sanibel Island, Florida, but also to London, England and live in a legendary luxury hotel. I’ve even exercised control over my life in Milton, something I’m not otherwise able to do.

As I finished The Sanibel Sunset Detective Saves the World, I considered finally leaving Tree to fend for himself. After all, what do you do with a hero after he has saved the world? But then late the other night, as he usually does, Tree came calling. He has another adventure in store. What can I do but once more follow him through the looking glass, filled with curiosity about what he’s going to get up to this time?

You can download a copy of The Sanibel Sunset Detective Saves the World... HERE.


Author of "The Sanibel Sunset Detective" and "The Strange." Ron spends part of the year on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he writes detective novels featuring private eye Tree Callister. When he is not in Florida, he resides outside Toronto, Ontario with his wife, Kathy.

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