Broken Arrow librarian and novelist

Monday, March 1st 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

He's a mild mannered librarian during the day, the creator of Victorian murder mysteries at night.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells shows us how the public library can be the perfect place to find the detail for your first novel. Will Thomas is checking in materials from library patrons at the Broken Arrow Library, one day very soon he may be checking in his own novel. “I'm right down there were the rubber meets the road. I got people right there in front of me going I like this book, I hate this book."

What a resource to have, what people like and don't like about books they read and all these books, that's pretty nice resource too. "Book came across my desk, called ‘London's East End Point of Arrival’, which is about how the Jews were pouring into London from Eastern Europe."

That provided the perfect plot line for his first novel, called "Some Danger Involved", set in his favorite place and time, London in the 1880's. He's worked at the library five years, and the resources here have provided just about everything a first time author could want and when he had time he's looked for more. “The scholar in me just started picking things up right and left and figuring out what to use, and what to use for my novel."

He signed a two book deal with Simon and Schuster's Touchstone Fireside division. The first one's about to be published the second is in the editing process, an option on a third could be picked up if the first two are successful.

Copies of "Some Danger Involved" should be in stores around the middle of May. Rick Wells says there's already a waiting list at the library for the first copies that arrive there.