Welcome to my Blog

Nov 1, 2015

I am hoping some of you from Facebook and other social media find their way here.  If you click "About the Author" you will see some of my biography and background.  If you look below you will see a few blog posts on this site.  Most of my late-breaking updates are posted on my Livejournal site, where I have open to the public my work in progress.  I usually write about a chapter a week, because I am travelling for work, looking after a family member with health problems, and work 40 hours a week.  It's a busy life.  But a small but significant portion of it I devote to my novel series, "Tales of Greenlea County" and the latest work in progress is based on political and social history of Arizona as I knew it in the 1980's, looking backward.  I write detective fiction: what I am best at are histories and mysteries, and as you can see elsewhere, I have written several other historical novels about great figures in military history, and two books set in the 19th century centering around the Romantic composers.  It's an eclectic mix: but I didn't choose the topics - they chose me. What they have in common are the nature of their main characters:  Ellery and Colson from Greenlea are gay men, one of them 'out' and the other, a reluctant and mostly closeted gay man still coming to grips with his sexuality and his previous life as a married man and father.  Working backwards, the main character of "Death of a Mad Composer" is based on the historical figure of Robert Schumann, also a married father whose secret and not-so secret life of affairs with other musical talents of his time is told symbolically in "Death" but more overtly in the series of short stories I broke off from that work and told in the first person, "The Erotic Etudes."  Both the first book of Greenlea and The Erotic Etudes are in print paperback and available here, on Lulu, and on Amazon and other online book vendors. 

Prior to this, I wrote a long work which is meant to be one of a series, "The Confession of Alexandrus Basileus: 334", a story of six weeks in the March Upcountry of Alexander the Great, which details his struggle with leadership and his love for his second in command, Hephaestion.  My first completed novel (2001), it was complete and available online before Michael Crichton wrote his now-poorly-reviewed screenplay for "Alexander". I could have written a far better screenplay for it, and I tried to get some tutoring in screenwriting in 2001, but like everything else, work took precedence - paying work, that is.  The book remains, I did not get a publisher for it despite trying, and I took it to my website.  www.zebratta.com.

My first fiction effort, which has been extensively edited and of which I am now very proud, is the first of a trilogy, "Princes of the East" which is based on the life of Attila and his brother Blesda.  I have spoiled the secret of that story elsewhere in my interview with Elin Gregory, but suffice it to say, it is told as the story of an intersex female who grew up as male; which is sort of the mirror image of my own reality: I am an intersex female who grew up as female - sort of.  Despite the military frame of this story, much of "Princes of the East" reflects more of my own biography than my other work; but that is not why I wrote it.  I have written about 30,000 words of its sequel, but I think that will have to wait until I finish "A War in Zion" because frankly - I am just too busy.

Please peruse my site, and if you wish you can join me on Livejournal:  louisev.livejournal.com.  You no longer need to ask to friend me to see my work in progress, because I've thrown my blog open after 7 years of keeping it restricted.  I hope you might find something worth buying, and it will help my pocketbook if you do.  And please feel free to comment, either on Livejournal or on Facebook.

Thank you for reading,


E. Louise Van Hine

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louisev on Livejournal


Runaway Deputy: The Cliffhanger

So former Calico Cat Deputy Junior Forensics expert Reynolds is the only man standing to face a potential killer... when he AND the potential killer confront incoming high-speed rifle fire.  At Memorial Hospital.  At the morgue.  This is all-too-familiar.

Wait - isn't this Ellery, on Tourmaline Road, in his house, facing Justin Worrell and a night scoped high speed rifle?  Is history repeating itself?  Did Lewis Stevens get loose?  Did Justin Worrell come back from the grave?


Somethin's happenin here.... what it is ain't exactly clear.

There's a man with a gun over there

A-tellin me I got to beware.

It's time we stop, child, what's that sound

Everybody look what's goin down....

The Runaway Deputy - the conclusion.  www.livejournal.com/louisev/coming up!!

News! Runaway Deputy!

This is a hopeful post - I hope!!! I have actually gotten closer (by inches) to completing the latest (four years in the making) Ellery Cantrell novel, the Runaway Deputy, the transitional book which sees Ellery take over as Interim Sheriff for Wes Brown only the day after discovering the secret of the cigar box:  the keys to a house in Bisbee once inhabited by his great uncle, planned for him by Mephistopheles Cantrell as a bolthole when all hope had fled and no one trusted him any longer.

And now chapter 90 is posted, and will soon be complte.  Yeah, yeah so you've heard THAT before!  Well, this is what happens when I was waiting to see what happened next.  Sometimes - he doesn't tell me.


http://louisev.livejournal.com/379092.html Chapter 89

http://louisev.livejournal.com/384200.html Chapter 90



Runaway Deputy - Chapter 91 Wayne Confesses

But - did Wayne actually do anything except what Wayne always does, which is "I ain't gonna say no!"


Maybe he should have.



Further on my Livejournal I give an explanation of why it took such an inordinately long amount of time and attention to get to chapter 91, which is the climax of the book.


 Tourmaline, First Limited Edition Paperback, Signed and numbered, copies #32-51

And yes, there IS a promotion, on this site, for the 20 limited edition copies of "Tourmaline", signed, stamped, and numbered with my thanks.  Please understand that in registering with my Zoomla shop on Zebratta.net, the information you provide is only for the purpose of purchasing items here, it is not shared with anyone else nor will it be used for any promotional or sales purpose. 

And I thank you for your patience in waiting for Ellery to get off his sickbed and talk to me once more!



I'm in the Comfy Chair!!!

Check out Elin Gregory's Blog post, featuring an extensive interview with MOI!


Elin Gregory's Blog

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