Preston Holtry


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As a reader, I like historical fiction because it takes me to a time and place where people and circumstances engage my imagination.  For the past 14 years, I've written historical fiction for the same reasons. The purpose of this website is to introduce readers and reviewers to my books and some insight to why I write and what I write.
Because my focus in past years was on writing, little time was spent working on getting published. In Oct 2013 things began to change when Moonshine Cove Publishing published Death in Emily 3, the first in a series of  Morgan Westphal historical mysteries. Since then priorities have shifted somewhat, and the past several years with time to write the next novel limited by the challenges of the publication process and then promotion of the novels. Morgan seems to have attracted fans and the feedback has been encouraging.  Here are some of the things they are saying about the Westphal novels:


         “…Holtry mixes mystery, mining history and romance in this well-written and well –paced story, which offers a look at mining in the west circa 1915.” J.C. Martin, The Arizona Daily Star 

A Troublesome Affair, the second Westphal novel was published on September 10, 2014. 
         "Preston Holtry imbues his well-researched historical mystery with true-to-life characters, struggling with real-life passions and prejudices in the early twentieth century Southwest. A Troublesome Affair is a keeper!" Ann Parker, Author, award-winning author Silver Rush mystery series
The third Westphal mystery, Seal Of Confession, was published on August 14, 2015.

        “Intricately woven intrigue crafted by a gifted storyteller,   Seal of Confession grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go.” Steve Brigman, author of The Orphan Train

The fourth Morgan Westphal novel, The Good Thief,  was published on September 21, 2016.

“Detective Westphal is more at home on horseback in the desert but is forced to follow the clues from Santa Fe to Saratoga and back again for a final resolution of the mystery and a stunning climax.
Well researched, memorable characters and a cunning plot" The Good Thief is a great read.” Charles H. Hayes, author of The Briefcase

I'm currently working on a trilogy set in the second century Roman Empire. The novels feature the protagonist Marcus Arrius, a centurion and later praefectus stationed in Judaea and Britannia who faces not only the challenges of the battlefield but his own growing disillusionment with Rome. I am pleased to report all three novels have been accepted by Moonshine Cove Publishing and are under contract. The first, Sacramentum (Oath), was published on July 7, 2017 with Volume Two, Legacy, scheduled for publication in 2018; Volume Three, Enemy of Rome is projected for release in 2019. I  hasten to say that since the latter novels are already written and vary from final draft to rough draft, that leaves time to work on a couple of other projects already underway.

The publisher sent me a request to publish Looking for Steiner a modern quasi-mystery novel set primarily in Vietnam that I wrote several years ago.  Steiner is now scheduled to be released in Aug this year. Since I already have a novel coming out this year and to prevent overusing the name "Preston Holtry" it will be published under the pen name "Wayne Preston."

I recently became a member of the Historical Novel Society where in due course I hope to have the Arrius novels reviewed.

You can learn something about me and my approach to writing by visiting the "Bio" page.

I also have an author page on Amazon  and a profile on Goodreads. If you've read the Westphal mysteries and liked them, I encourage you to write reviews on Amazon or B&N saying that you did.
Thanks for visiting, Preston Holtry