About JC Gatlin
Award-winning author JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida and has written six mystery-suspense novels set in the Sunshine State. His novel H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word was honored by the Florida Writers Association with its coveted Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Mystery / Crime Fiction in 2019. A year before that, 21 Dares went to Number One on Amazon’s Mystery Suspense and Top Young Adult charts. The novel was also a semi-finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards.
Mr. Gatlin’s current effort, Darkness Hides, is his second novel published by Milford House Press, the mystery-suspense imprint for Sunbury Press.
Darkness Hides involves boat-safety instructor Kate Parks, who is recovering from a career-ending injury while with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. Kate’s life is starting to regain traction when her small beach town is rocked by a series of macabre, almost ritualistic murders. Setting off with little more than intense curiosity and her three-legged pet squirrel Doc perched on her shoulder, Kate begins her own tentative investigation by shadowing efforts of local law-enforcement officials. Then, the hurricane hits.
“Florida and its people provide a palette of incredibly diverse possibilities for a writer,” says Mr. Gatlin, a native Texan. “Everything from the international splash of Palm Beach and Miami, to small towns to growth centers like Tampa to people on the outer edges of society. I focus my novels here because they practically write themselves.”
Mr. Gatlin is a member of the Florida Writers Association and a board member of the Florida Writers Foundation, a charity that fights illiteracy. Also listed among his credits is a monthly column for New Tampa Style magazine.
His other titles include:
- Prey of Desire (2014)
- The Cypress Trap (2015)
- 21 Dares (2016)
- H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word (2019)
- Darkness Hides (2021)
- Local Author Uses Tampa Bay as Backdrop for Murder – Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles