First Posted: 5/10/2014
David Hiscox wanted to do more than simply tell a story. He wanted to create characters with depth, a plot that would draw his readers along through the pages of a book and words that would touch those who read them. Writing under the pen name David Bradford, Hiscox’s “Tidal Choice” gave him an opportunity to do just that.
Hiscox, 56, an attorney and resident of the Dallas area, decided to attempt the effort and persevered through a chronic illness. With a bit of extra time to write and reflect, he wrote the book, not necessarily for publication or profit, but because upon completion of the first few chapters, he was determined to see it through and put down on paper the story already completed in his mind.
He didn’t tell his wife, Jill, about the project until he had completed those first chapters. When he did, she encouraged him to complete it. Not only was she supportive, she actually entered the handwritten text onto the computer.
“I wrote the book by hand simply because I was writing in different places and at different times, often without access to a computer,” said Hiscox.
The novel unfolds in Cape May, New Jersey, and tells a story about a young woman in love with two men and the events and feelings leading to her “Tidal Choice.” Hiscox feels the content of the book gives him a pool of “ready readers,” with an appreciation for both romance and descriptive writing.
In telling the story, Hiscox didn’t want to waste a paragraph or even a word. He wanted to create a real conflict that would keep the reader engrossed and interested in the outcome.
As an attorney, he is comfortable with the use of words. A concise and accurate writer, he found the opportunity to be creative and a bit romantic with the novel.
Hiscox was mindful of every aspect of the book, including its cover which is a lifeguard chair, big enough for two, overlooking the ocean.
“The cover of the book is a colorful and accurate depiction of the Cape May setting,” he said.
Hiscox and his wife have been residents of Dallas since 1987 and have raised two children: Jessica, 18, a freshman at Denison University, Ohio; and Matthew, 21, a senior at Misericordia University.
A communications major, Matthew, wrote the book’s first review and it was a good one.
Hiscox credits the support of his wife in making the book a reality.
Although he wishes he could read more, when he has an opportunity to sit and read, it is most often John Grisham or Frederick Forsyth, who drive their plots with a sense of suspense and well-chosen settings.
The book is published by AuthorHouse, which gives an opportunity for budding authors to get their books into print. Hiscox said his experience with self-publishing has been a good one.
“The book was introduced last year on the Jersey shores and I am encouraged by early sales,” he said.
The book is available through several online outlets, as well as at Barnes & Noble bookstores.
When asked if he might consider a second attempt at writing a book, Hiscox smiles and said, “Of course. A writer always thinks about that.”