"The Sultan of Monte Cristo is a quick and fascinating read that fulfills the fantasies so many readers have longed for after turning the last page of The Count of Monte Cristo. I highly recommend Holy Ghost Writer's book, but with a warning: Once you read this first book there is no going back; you are going to want to read the next. I can't wait to read the next installment, The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo, and see what new adventures await." Tania Staley, Pacific Book Review
"Edmond Dantes, and his many identities, traverses the world in this whirlwind of a sequel." Kirkus review
"Overall, this book, though shorter than I wanted, was a good one to read." Hollywood Book Reviews
My desire to continue the stories of Alexandre Dumas stem from a deep love for literature that he helped develop in me. I realize that some will be offended that I have the moxie to condense and retell his stories through the Americanized voice of Sherlock Holmes and add my own as sequels. In doing so, I believe that I am reintroducing The Count of Monte Cristo to a new generation of readers that most likely would have skipped this classic for its age and verbosity. I actually advise my readers to enjoy, as I did, the best translation, for those who read only English, by Robin Buss.
Why the pen name, 'Holy Ghost Writer'? Am I saying that I am holy? God forbid! No, it is just a way to add mystery to the contest to discover my true identity. It is more along the lines of Robin saying, "Holy Ghost Writer, Batman." Another reason is that Edmond Dantes refers to himself as "divine providence" in this classic tale. Those who write on subjects touching on divinity are often referred to as holy ghost writers. Just google the term if you doubt my word. In the process of writing That Girl Started Her Own Country (6th in the Monte Cristo series) I discovered that I am a possibillionist as did Zaydee, that book's heroine. So for those of you who are turned off by religion, please understand that I am not 'holier than thou' and certainly not preaching any particular religious beliefs (or lack thereof) although my characters may express some of their own from time to time.
I hope, dear reader, you enjoy exploring these works of quasi-fiction as much as I enjoyed creating them.