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About JC Gatlin

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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)




Boat safety instructor Kate Parks recovers from an injury that ended her career with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, repairs her relationship with her estranged sister, and investigates a series of murders in her little beach town.

Then the hurricane hits...

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