Bayles Lake man publishes first book — 'Leaving Bones Behind'

BAYLES LAKE — An area resident has had his first novel published.

Kelly J. McMullin, who resides at Bayles Lake in rural Loda, has written a book titled “Leaving Bones Behind.” The novel is of the mystery/thriller genre and is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is available in both paperback and ebook formats.

A sequel, “Cherokee Falls,” is also in the works, and it is expected to be released in spring 2017. The novel has been produced by Chicago-based Joshua Tree Publishing.

McMullin, a former Chicago police detective, said “Leaving Bones Behind” is a unique combination of his own personal experiences with a bit of fiction tossed into the mix. McMullin said the book started out as a memoir, but it eventually morphed into an exciting thriller.

The story follows Sam Kelly, a female Chicago police detective and single mom who wants to escape the never-ending macabre that shadows her as she works the dangerous streets of Chicago. Kelly seeks out a new life as a detective in the charming town of Cherokee Falls, where she soon learns that the dark side of humanity can find her anywhere.

Readers follow Kelly as she struggles to overcome tragedy, brings hope to others and yearns for a little personal happiness — or at least some peace of mind.

McMullin said he chose to create a female protagonist because the hottest current books are those containing strong, independent female characters.

“It was my teenage daughter, Bridget, who actually suggested the female character,” McMullin said. “She’s quite a strong and independent character herself,” McMullin chuckled.

McMullin’s daughter and her two brothers, Adam and Liam, are all current Paxton-Buckley-Loda students. Their mom, Jen, is a school nurse at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.

McMullin said that upon leaving his job in Chicago a few years ago, he and his wife decided to relocate to Central Illinois to raise their three children.

“It was then that I began to write my book,” McMullin said. “It started out as a memoir but eventually morphed into its current form.”

Location (3):Local, Iroquois County, Loda

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