Time to Retire, by Jon Foyt, is a new mystery/romance novel that offers a glimpse into the adventures of retirement living. Things are not quite what they seem at Sunset Gardens, an active adult retirement community in California. The directors of the Homeowner’s Association has been handling money in questionable ways, there’s secret meetings occurring at The Silent Front, a former speakeasy, and an influential resident recently committed suicide. Reporter Willy Herbst, approaching retirement, is curious about what’s going on in the neighboring community “over the hill.” He and his eager intern, Sally Saginaw, team up to investigate. Their discoveries are surprising…
Time to Retire is filled with mystery, romance, and adventure, as Willy and Sally explore the lifestyles of aging retirees.
“A gripping narrative that reads like a mystery, entertaining and thought-provoking.”– Doug Hergert, columnist and author of Nothing in Paris and Can’t Get It In France
“A realistic description of a retirement community. Living in such a place, I recognize the foibles of members, the clubs, and the Board as vivid and humorous. Holds your interest… an enjoyable read that I recommend.” – Samuel P. Oliner, author of Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, and The Nature of Good and Evil
“…A current American chronicle poignantly surveying the dreams, heartaches, and successes of our life scene.” – Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., author of Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health and Roadmap to 100
Time to Retire is available for sale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Retire-Jon-Foyt/dp/148007569
Striving for new heights on the literary landscape, along with his late wife Lois, Jon Foyt began writing novels 20 years ago, following careers in radio, commercial banking, and real estate. He holds a degree in journalism and an MBA from Stanford and a second masters degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia.
Jon is 81 years old, an octogenarian prostate cancer survivor, a marathon runner (60 completed), hiker, and political columnist. He currently resides in a large active adult retirement community near San Francisco. Jon Foyt is the successful author of 11 fiction books. To learn more, go to http://jonfoyt.com/
Why Choosing a Novel’s Setting is So Important
Just as in any movie or play, the stage needs to be set in order for the story to begin and for the viewer to gain a sense of place. Writing a novel is no different. The reader needs to see in words the nature of the place where the story is to start. That way, when the characters enter, the reader has a feeling for what each character is seeing and experiencing as they react to other characters, bringing the reader along with them.
Almost every location has a history, short or long, surface or depth. The characters will be aware of such background, even if the place information appears as brief as when a car or train passes by—for something is there and it is being passed by. Here is where the story line (and nascent plot) get underway, as the characters, existing in their environment, portray.
For history references in America, local—that is specific to the stage setting—is best, but often the writer needs to trace a more historical picture, perhaps back to the Civil War, or even American independence. This is best accomplished through the eyes and the mind of the main character as she/he sets the tone for their mood or mind set. How the character thinks of this bit of history—favorable or critical—becomes a trait of that character as he/she lives the story line.
For example, I cite the openings of two of my recent novels, The Landscape of Time and Marcel Proust in Taos. But the concept is best followed in Time to Retire, in which the history of the word “retire” is cited, followed by a sense of place as to where the characters in the novel have retired: Sunset Gardens. From this overall view, the storyline develops and the intrigue of the plot unfolds.