I’ve always believed that one of the best gifts that a person can give to another is to make them feel something. What makes art great, in my view, is its ability to make you laugh or cry or to make you feel joy, sorrow, inspiration, or loathing. Music (even genres other than rock & roll), theater, paintings, movies, and books achieve their highest purpose when they move you.
There are precious few opportunities as a lawyer to make people feel something other than anger or frustration. I have no artistic talent. The only musical instrument I can play is an MP3 player. My days of performing on a stage are long gone. But the desire to create some art that would hopefully evoke some feeling in others led me to write Until Murder Do Us Part.
I started with the premise of taking an attorney at the pinnacle of his career who has everything, stripping it all away, and exploring how he reacts. Michael Kingston is a new partner at an elite Washington, D.C. law firm. His life is destroyed in an instant when his wife is murdered in their bed, Mike is accused of killing her to be with his supposed mistress, and he comes to believe (or feign) that he killed her in his sleep. Whether Mike will survive the destruction of his wealth, family and career and emerge a stronger man to start a new life with his motherless daughter, or he will wither under the intense public scrutiny, creates the emotional roller coaster that I hope the reader will ride along with Mike.
Enjoy Until Murder Do Us Part, (best with Pink Floyd playing in the background), and always sleep with one eye open.