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Letting the story take control

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By Kirsten Laskey

James Doss had a vision for his book but the story quickly assumed control.

Doss said he wanted the story to be set in Colorado but did not intend for it to be focused on Native Americans. The book, however, had other ideas.

Thirteen books later, the fictional Colorado town still exists but Charlie Moon and his aunt Daisy have taken things over.

The Moon mysteries are set on a Ute Indian reservation and features Moon, a police detective, his aunt Daisy Perika, a Native American shaman and Scott Paris, another detective on the force.

The newest addition to the series, “Widower’s Revenge,” will be out in October.

The stories may be works of fiction, but Doss commented, “They evolve in the sense you and I do.”

For instance, something unexpected happened to Moon four-five books into the series and times were tough for this main character. However, his situation brightened in the “Grandmother’s Spider.”

Doss said events in the books happened naturally; he doesn’t drive them. “I have to follow the characters. They do evolve but not in the way I foresee.”

For instances some characters have made an appearance in one book, disappear in later additions in the series, and then returned again.


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