These are the questions I kept asking myself when I made a big decision last month. It was just an idea – what if … what about …
I opened my email to discover examiner.com was no longer. Defunct. Closed for business. It was now AXS, focusing on entertainment: concerts, festivals, and celebrity events…
I wrote for examiner: Nashville True Crime, Crime & Courts. I was not too happy that my articles on crime prevention, victim support, and law were squished in between articles about movie stars who got fat and what mysterious item cures eye bags, but I had a great following and usually made the Top 10. I like writing fun stuff every now and then, but writing articles on a performer’s sold-out show or which “reality star” had plastic surgery on her foot is not for me.
I announced it all on my Facebook page. I wondered about eZines. A friend, Wayne Sanderson, mentioned an eZine idea. My friend Kelly Banaski emails me: she wants to be part of this, too.
It went from there.
So the idea was born one dark night at my keyboard, slithered into my PC, and burst forth. True Crime: Case Files eZine was born. It does not look like any other True Crime eZine. The content is fresh: Wayne, Kelly, and I want it to educate readers about crime, provide information for criminal justice professionals and students, and support crime victims and law enforcement. We wanted to support established authors and up-and-coming talent. As I held the eZine business plan in my arms, thoughts began racing: What happens now? Do I know what I am getting into? Is this the right thing to do now?
Wayne is retired from corrections and his hobbies include volunteer historian and archival consultant for the NJDOC. He researches and writes about historical law enforcement and criminal events, forgotten crimes, scandals and curious events and mysteries. Wayne is an encyclopedia on crime in history. We can talk for hours on the subject. Kelly Banaski is a true crime author and an inmate liaison; her popular blog, The Woman Condemned, details the lives of women on death row. Kelly uses her insights to aid inmates in restoring some of the good they took from the world, and to understand, and help prevent, crime. She and I can talk for hours. Wayne and Kelly have traits I admire most: creativity, intelligence, and kindness.
Our Premier Issue is about to go into the world. It will be available September 1, 2016. Readers can learn about historical events, strange crimes, insights from popular true crime authors, new books, serial killers, victim support (both victim and perpetrator’s loved ones), available jobs in criminal justice and much more.
Like any new parent, I am elated, proud, and scared. I am no longer asking myself what happens next, and what I am getting into? This is the right thing to do now.
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