Members of the California Retired Teacher’s Association (CaIRTA) were treated to a presentation by mystery writer Todd Borg at its February meeting.
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Borg, a recognized author who resides in Lake Tahoe, writes award-winning mystery books.
He shared his views about writing, his personal story of a businessman turned full-time writer, and sketches of the three main characters that run through his 10 Owen Mckenna mystery series books.
Borg explained how these characters were developed.
Drawn to Tahoe by the majestic beauty of the Lake, Borg decided to create a character that moved from the city to Lake Tahoe. This led to the creation of Owen McKenna, the loner private eyeand center-piece to his books.
Borg’s own great Dane inspired him to create Spot, McKenna’s dog, who is much loved by readers of the series and a reputed scene stealer.
Borg then decided to add some romance to the tales and created Street Casey, an independent female friend of McKenna, who aids McKenna in his detective work with her knowledge of forensic entomology.
Borg wove all the elements of his writing and story into a presentation that was humorous, informative and gave everyone just enough information to be curious about his mysteries.
Borg’s mysteries have been very well received and generates comments like, “Another wild ride through the Tahoe geography we all know and love with private investigator Owen McKenna and his dog Spot … Another must read for mystery lovers far and wide.” — Taylor Flynn, Tahoe Mountain News.
One CalRTA member commented, “lt’s fun to read about places that I know and Todd Borg’s books are exciting mysteries.”