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P.F. Ford Books In Order

Publication Order of Slater and Norman Mystery Books

Death Of A Temptress (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just A Coincidence (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Florence (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wrong Man (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Telephone Box (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of Wild Boar Woods (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Skeleton In The Closet (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kidney Donor (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's In A Name? (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Puzzle of Old Bones (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fatal Deception (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wrongly Convicted (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

I Hope You're Happy Now (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

P.F. Ford is a relatively successful indie published author from Wales who writes the Slater and Norman Mystery series.

Ford was a late addition to the publishing industry. When he was a child, P.F. Ford never felt like he belonged. He had a pretty good idea as to what he wanted to become in the future.

But he never had anyone in his life to support him in his endeavors. He often compared himself to a square peg that his kin and kith kept trying to force into a round hole.

The results were less than impressive. Ford went to and eventually dropped out of Grammar school. That did not stop him from trying to meet the expectations of other people by joining the employment pool and finding a few practical and financially rewarding activities to do.

P.F. Ford experimented with a wide variety of jobs before he finally secured a stable form of employment. However, while his previous jobs had all been completely unfulfilling, Ford found that he was simply unsuitable for his most stable employment position.

Of course, one might wonder why the author waited so long to pursue his dreams, especially if he knew from early on what exactly it was that he wanted to do. In truth, Ford was never one to shy away from a challenge.

And the moment he realized that he had a knack for writing and storytelling, P.F. Ford immediately began looking for avenues through which he could begin his journey to publishing success.

The fact that few people in his life saw fit to support his endeavors slowed Ford’s efforts somewhat but it did not stop him. And the fact that he eventually landed a dissatisfying position outside the publishing industry can be imputed to the failure he encountered when he first attempted to pursue his dreams.

Most of the author’s fans will tell you that he published his first novel in 2013. Most of them are unaware that he wrote another novel several years earlier but then he tried to submit it and every traditional publisher he encountered turned him down.

The experience was demoralizing. Indie publishing was barely a concept at the time, so P.F. Ford was at the mercy of traditional publishers. And after being told on more than one accession that he couldn’t write and that he was better off going out into the world and finding more meaningful work to do, Ford eventually gave in.

The author will be the first to tell you that the next several years of his life were very debilitating to his mental and emotional health. Not only did finding meaningful work prove difficult but even the jobs that Ford landed only succeeded in sapping his energy and killing his self-confidence.

So Ford, in an attempt to change his life, tried self-employment. But that route delivered nothing but failure primarily because of the author’s self-confidence issues.

P.F. Ford eventually realized that nothing he did was giving him joy. The author had spent fifty years immersed in misery and nothing he tried had succeeded in changing his life. None of the conventional wisdom society kept throwing his way had every given him the passion and fulfillment most people seek.

So Ford did the one thing he had never tried. He closed the door on his old existence, completely throwing away every aspect of the life he had pursued over the last several decades.

That included forgetting conventional employment once and for all and throwing all his focus onto the business of writing and publishing. The author imputes a lot of the success he eventually garnered to his wife.

P.F. Ford’s encounter with his partner changed everything. Unlike most of the people he had known, Ford’s wife was the sort of individual who thought that dreamers had to be encouraged, not stifled and denied.

She understood the yearning that his unfulfilled dream caused in him and pushed Ford to keep trying and striving until he elicited the attention and interest he so desired.

The author was also fortunate that indie publishing had taken off, giving him an outlet through which he could reach his readers without depending on the whims of traditional publishers.

Ford’s first literary work was a novella that he published in 2013. It didn’t do very well. But even the few copies that the novella sold were a great encouragement to Ford who proceeded to write a full-length novel.

The author primarily writes cozy mysteries with elements of the police procedural genre, though his stories do not always adhere to the structures of either field. Even though he has attracted a decent following, Ford has shown no interest in trying his chances with traditional publishing.

The author believes that traditional publishers have stagnated because they only take chances on authors with large followings. But Ford doesn’t mind because he appreciates all the freedom indie publishing gives him.

P.F. Ford tries to write every single day. He normally starts his day by walking his dogs. But by mid-morning, he is at his computer typing away. On a good day, the author will write up to 5 PM, having produced a maximum of 3000 words.

+Death of a Temptress
A botched investigation got DS Slater benched. It wasn’t his fault. A group of police officers used him as a scapegoat to escape the consequences of their mistakes.

Slater was wondering how long he would be sitting home twiddling his thumbs when his boss brought him back in and gave him a chance at redemption by handing him a missing person’s case.

At first, Slater was pretty excited, especially when he realized that the case might be connected to the police officers who caused him so much trouble. But then he was nearly killed and he understood that the stakes were so much higher.

+Just a Coincidence
Things in the little town of Tinton are very slow, so much so that the biggest case DS Slater has had to deal with is that of a flasher. But then a dog walker finds the body of a young woman near a small patch of woodland and that leads the police to three more bodies, victims that were murdered fifteen years apart.

Now DS Slater has a real case on his hands but the tension threatening to tear his team apart might make his investigation even more complicated than he expected.

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