Mystery author Billy “BJ” Bourg first visited the Smoky Mountains National Park in 2005 and it was love at first sight for the Louisiana native. Although it is nearly eleven hours from his home in Lafourche Parish to the Smokies, he has made the long drive back to the mountains seven times since that first visit, and he plans another trip to the area in early August of 2015.
“Just as summer starts rolling around here in Louisiana, I get this homesick feeling in my stomach … like the Smoky Mountains and its black bears are calling me,” Bourg explains. “It’s my idea of Heaven on earth. In fact, I proposed to my wife in front of Abrams Falls in Cades Cove—that’s how much I love the area.”
Bourg is so enamored with the Smoky Mountains that he set five chapters of his debut novel, JAMES 516, in the Gatlinburg area.
JAMES 516 takes place in the fictitious parish of Magnolia, LA, and the story centers around sniper attacks on law enforcement officials. Police sniper London Carter is teamed up with Bethany Riggs, an internal affairs lieutenant, and they are tasked with tracking down the killer. The evidence leads London to Gatlinburg, TN, and it is there that he discovers a clue that turns the case on its head.
“I enjoyed writing about the mountains so much in that first book,” says Bourg, “that I wrote an entire novel set almost exclusively in the fictitious Blue Summit Mountains of Tennessee, which, of course, were inspired by the Smoky Mountains.”
THE SEVENTH TAKING is Bourg’s latest mystery, and it follows Louisiana native Abraham Wilson’s journey to the mountains as he tries to locate his missing ex-girlfriend, also from Louisiana, who disappeared while vacationing with her family.
The trek takes Abraham and two of his friends deep into the backcountry, where they soon find themselves fighting for their lives against man, beast, and the majestic mountain country that can turn deadly in a split second.
“Although the book is aimed at young adults,” Bourg said, “I’ve been receiving some positive feedback from the adults who’ve read it—they’re clamoring for a sequel.”
In addition to his novels that are currently available, Bourg has another Louisiana mystery titled HOLLOW CRIB that will be available at the beginning of 2016 through Five Star – Cengage.
The follow-up to HOLLOW CRIB is in the rewriting stage and is tentatively titled BONDED.
He is also seeking a publisher for the first book in a planned series that features his newest law enforcement character, Clint Wolf, who serves as the police chief of Mechant Loup, a town located deep in the Louisiana swamps.
Bourg’s current novels are available in e-book and print formats and can be purchased directly from the publisher, Amber Quill Press, or through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Kobo Books. JAMES 516 is also available in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish Libraries.
More information can be found by visiting his website www.bjbourg.com, following him on Twitter (@BJBourg) or liking his Facebook page (/BJBourg).
If you’ve read his book(s) and have an opinion—good or bad—contact him and let him know. He loves hearing from people who have read his books, and he would relish the opportunity to personally thank them for taking a chance on his work.
Posted on Fri, June 12, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette