Those familiar with Tipp City will recognize more than one location in Greg Enslen’s latest book, “A Field of Red.”
The work, his sixth book, was released this summer. It culminates nearly three years of effort by Enslen, a local writer who tackled a new type of novel, the mystery, with this story centered on a kidnapping in a small community.
The book also is the first in which he didn’t tie up all loose ends, opening the door for more works featuring his newest character, Frank Harper, a retired cop.
In “A Field of Red,” Harper goes to the small community where everyone knows everyone else, and their business. He hopes to reconcile with his estranged daughter and meet his grandson.
While in town, a kidnapping occurs and Harper, despite his reluctance, is pulled into the investigation because of his experience working kidnappings as a New Orleans police officer.
While writing, Enslen called the town Tipp City, but changed it to Cooper’s Mill before publication. The book is peppered with mention of familiar places. Street and park names mirror those in Tipp City. Real businesses are mentioned, such as a Main Street coffee shop and a soap store, but with different names.
“If you are reading the book and you are from Tipp, you will recognize a lot of stuff. If you are not from Tipp, it will sound like a cute little town where everybody knows everybody, and it would be hard to get away with anything, good and bad,” he said.
He’s received praise in reviews for detail provided on the investigative process. Enslen said the information was culled from sources such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.
Enslen’s love for his craft is evident as he discusses the more than 30 years he’s been writing, starting in high school.
“My favorite part is the actual writing,” he said. “If I never sold another book after tomorrow, I would still write for me.”
In addition to his books, he writes columns for a local weekly paper and two articles a month for a blog talking about the craft of writing and the industry.
His previous five books include two filled with his newspaper columns and three fiction. His wife, Samantha, operates a writing and editing business from home and he is in charge during the day of their three children ages 11, 9 and 4.
Enslen’s books are available on Kindle and on Amazon, by order from Barnes and Noble and in gift and books stores in Troy and Tipp City. For more information, go online to www.gregenslen.com.