Larry K. Collins won his first literary awards as a student at Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California, when two of his short stories were published in the school’s literary magazine, The Silver Pen. For the most part, his creative writing was put on hold during his career as an engineer. However, he wrote many proposals and the training manual for petrochemical engineering for his company.
Between 1997 and 2001, Larry and his wife, Lorna, worked on the Universal Studios theme park in Osaka, Japan. When they returned, they wrote their memoir of that experience, 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park, published in 2005. This book was a finalist for the 2006 EPPIE Award for nonfiction ebook of the year, and was also chosen as one of Rebeccas Reads best nonfiction books of 2005.
Larry and Lorna collaborated again on two mysteries: Murder… They Wrote, published in 2009, and Murder in Paradise, published in 2011. The latter is a finalist for the 2012 EPIC eBook of the year for mystery. These books are set in Hawaii, requiring frequent trips for research.
After a successful engineering career, Larry is now retired and living in Dana Point, California, where he surfs nearly every day and writes often. He and Lorna are currently working on at least two more books in the mystery series.
With this collection, he has returned to his roots as a short story author.
In addition to their writing, Lorna and Larry are frequent conference speakers and are available to address book clubs and other groups. Contact them through their website: www.lornalarry.com.