Creating a faith-based character was important to Dony, but he didn’t want it to come off as preachy. Faith is more of an underlying characteristic, just part of who Reagan is and what gives him depth.
There’s got to be something that gives you purpose, Dony says. “For Rainey and for me, it’s our faith.”
His books are clean — there’s no gratuitous sex or crude language — which was challenging at times.
“It forces you to be a little more creative in how you write dialogue,” he says.
Being a clean book doesn’t mean it’s boring, though.
There are bullets flying and guys getting killed, he says. They just don’t swear while it’s happening.
It’s been hard to find time to write his novels. But writing helps him work through some of the things he sees in his detective work.
It also breaks the monotony.
At work, he writes reports and search warrants. It’s all facts.
But in his novels, he’s free.
“I can make it anything I want to be.”