Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a paralegal, Annapolis resident Roxanne Winkler tackles the subject of infidelity against a courtroom backdrop in her first self-published novel entitled "Admissions of Guilt."
Winkler described the book as a contemporary romance novel set in Annapolis and Kent Island. The story follows Alexa Kincaid, a criminal trial lawyer, who soon discovers that her client is also carrying her husband's baby.
"Alexa learns some powerful lessons about love, jealousy and forgiveness" Winkler said.
Winkler started writing the book in 1997 after the sudden death of her boss Fred Joseph, a leading Maryland trial lawyer and former president of the Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
"This started as just a way to get over his death. I sat and my computer for three solid months," Winkler said. "It just poured right out of my head I really had no idea at that time what I was even going to write."
Getting the words out on paper was cathartic for Winkler, who was surprised and deeply saddened by her boss' sudden and short battle with cancer.
"It served its purpose at the time and I put it away," Winkler said.
She thought about the manuscript over the years, but it wasn't until she read an article about self-publishing on Amazon in a 2012 issue of Women's World magazine that Winkler re-opened her book.
"I checked into [self-publishing], and I figured you know what I’m going to finish this book," Winkler said.
After 15 years the book needed some updating. Winkler added in modern technology like cellphones and revised some "rough patches." She said her target audience is professional women in their 30s to 60s, but that book could be appealing to anyone who's found themselves betrayed in a relationship.
"It’s not like a Harlequin type thing," Winkler said. "It's more of a contemporary romance novel."
Winkler said the process of formatting the book for Amazon Kindle was almost more difficult than writing the novel itself. It became available for download in December. To buy the book, click here.
Whether she makes money on the book or not, Winker said seeing her name on the book jacket is satisfaction enough.
"It’s just the idea of completing a life lone dream of writing a novel," Winkler said. "I’m very proud of myself for that."