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Billy Ray Chitwood

                                    Billy Ray Chitwood

Never really knew what it was in life that I really wanted to do...guess that had something to do with my Appalachian roots in East Tennessee, a broken family, and so much mobility. Saw a lot of cowboy movies as a kid and thought about acting for awhile. Loved to sing and thought about being a singer. Being an actor or a singer meant there would be audiences, and I was a bashful boy who wasn't too comfortable in crowds. Wanted to be a fireman. Wanted to be a cop. A professional golfer. A tennis pro. The 'want list' just kept changing.

You likely know where I'm going with this opening bio brevity. My dreams were fleeting because I was a fickle fellow whose roots never got too deep anywhere, any time. So. when those East Tennessee hills were behind me and that big adult world opened up to me, well, it kind of overwhelmed me. There were so many Appalachian and bible belt emotions conflicting inside of me that made me easy and ready to make a lot of mistakes. Make them, surely did, too many to enumerate, and my guess is I've been blaming old Appalachia, the hills of East Tennessee, the broken family, the mobility, all the emotions laid upon me, for this rather wanderlust life that I've been having. Guess I've always been chasing that something that was missing in those long ago days.

Now, don't get me wrong. With the mistakes, which you can read about later, there were successes and honorable service to my country in the United States Navy. The successes, in my way of thinking, were: a college BA degree with a major in English; high school teaching; sales and marketing management positions with some of our top educational publishers; my own business; and, after several attempts, a wonderful wife and nuclear family. The most exhilirating success has been my writing: thirteen books, with another in the oven. The writing has allowed me to purposefully wander through some simple plot lines and characters' lives to explore my own dimensions, to discover some things about myself I never really considered. Up front, I'll state too brashly for some, my books are good, well written, and easy to read. Sure, the critics, even I, will still find the occasional errata that most writers disdain. There is nothing, however, that has given me more pleasure than turning a phrase that says everything I want it to say, to re-read a passage that brings back some emotional echoes.

So, you have a short bio glimpse of Billy Ray Chitwood, an Appalachian kid who ate some emotional soup and spent a lifetime trying to digest it. Are his books worthy of a read? My vote doesn't count. Only you can tell me with any certainty...

On to the books.

A Note From Billy Ray Chitwood

Much of the content in my 6 Bailey Crane Mystery Books were inspired by true life crimes. You can preview the 'Bailey Crane' books 1-6 by scrolling down the 'home' page of my website (as, of course, you can with all the books). Of course, you can see all thirteen of my books here on Manic Readers.

The content of Mama's Madness was a tough book to write because the actual facts that led to the writing were very disturbing --- a story about a mother who abused her children in awful ways, murdering two of them. The reviews for Mama's Madness so far have been five-star and most welcome. It was difficult to pen some of the terrible scenes in the book, hard to understand that we have people like 'Mama' in the world. I'm told it is a very good read.

My first 'romance' or 'love story' came with the writing of Butterflies and Jellybeans - A Love Story and have had a few four and five-star reviews. Hope the 'Manic Readers' will find it appealing.

My labor of love deals pretty much with me, or, since it is referred to as a fictional memoir, it deals with Prentice Paul Hiller. The title of the book is The Cracked Mirror - Reflections Of An Appalachian Son. It tells of my journey (or, Prentice's journey) out of Appalachian childhood into the big neon adult world, making mistakes that will stay with him for a lifetime. There are also some successes, but it is essentially a story of an east Tennessee kid who ate some emotional soup and spent his entire life trying to digest it.

What Happens Next? A Life's True Tale is non-fiction and rather shameless, I'm afraid. The book deals with my search for Love and my Faith issues. Basically, I just wanted to get it all out of system... Did I? Naw! The demons still visit.

True appraisal of one's writing comes from the readers and their reviews. For me, my writing has a clean clarity of style and it is entertaining. Hope the 'manic readers' will try some of my books. 

One last thing. Writing keeps me ticking, keeps me awed and bewildered with a turn of phrase, gives me a chance to live through my characters, and perhaps allows me to learn some subtle truths about myself... Writing is indeed therapy for my soul. Through some of the characters, words and phrases, this old soul yells pretty loudly at times.

My best to all 'Manic Readers.' 

 
Videos by Billy Ray Chitwood

My book trailer The Cracked Mirror Reflections of an Appalachian Son - YouTube
 
Current Releases
SATAN'S SONG - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book2) by Billy Ray Chitwood       A young woman is murdered in a most gruesome way. The authorities have no viable leads. Bailey Crane is sought out by the victim&...
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Satan's Song - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 2)
 THE BRUTUS GATE - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 3) by Billy Ray Chitwood     This tale begins with a raging warehouse fire that nearly consumes our southern sleuth with the Cherokee blood. A suspect arrested in connection&n...
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THE BRUTUS GATE - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 3)
  MURDER IN PUEBLO DEL MAR - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 4) by Billy Ray Chitwood     An Arizona wife and mother is murdered while on holiday in Mexico, and her three children find her brutally beaten and slas...
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MURDER IN PUEBLO DEL MAR - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 4)
  BUTTERFLIES AND JELLYBEANS - A LOVE STORY   A lightning strike brings two people together to fall in love. Jason Prince and Jenny Mason know their hearts are in tune, but fate has always a card to play in the game of roman...
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Butterflies And Jellybeans - A Love Story
  A SOUL DEFILED - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 5) by Billy Ray Chitwood     Bailey Crane is thinking long term fun and sun on the Sea of Cortez, but an old friend and HOA president puts those thoughts on hold ...
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A SOUL DEFILED - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 5)
AN ARIZONA TRAGEDY - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 1) - by Billy Ray Chitwood   Meet Bailey Crane, a transplanted son of the south. Bailey is an auxiliary detective, has a soft manufacturing rep business that brings in easy money...
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AN ARIZONA TRAGEDY - A Bailey Crane Mystery (Book 1)
  THE CRACKED MIRROR REFLECTIONS OF AN APPALACIAN SON     "The Cracked Mirror, Reflections of an Appalachian Son" is about a Tennessee boy who ate some emotional soup and spent a lifetime trying to digest it. I...
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The Cracked Mirror, Reflections Of An Appalachian Son

A Peek Into the Life of Billy Ray Chitwood

Just one of the views out my 'office' window while living for a few years on the Sea of Cortez.

Just one of the views out my 'office' window while living for a few years on the Sea of Cortez.
Wife Julie Anne - lovely and patient! Likely a snugly cat in a former life...loves pets and family.

Wife Julie Anne - lovely and patient! Likely a snugly cat in a former life...loves pets and family.
A fur-ball of love! A Bengal cat with some feisty traits. My pal for 13 years.

A fur-ball of love! A Bengal cat with some feisty traits. My pal for 13 years.
From TN to KY, this is now home, where I write in the sunroom or den.

From TN to KY, this is now home, where I write in the sunroom or den.

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