The idea for the book first came from a dream he had about a newspaper story about a headless body that was found.
“When I woke up I called my neighbors and they all said ‘no you’ve been dreaming again,’” Ivory said. “But the story idea was so good that’s what I started writing.”
The unusual story involves the murder of a Delta pilot, a former B-52 aircraft commander in Vietnam.
While stationed in Thailand during the war, the pilot and his crew become involved in the theft of precious stones from a Buddhist temple and attempt to sell them when they return to the states.
Ivory served as a B-52 bombardier for seven years and ties in different aspects of his life throughout the story.
“Another cool thing I did was to give all the characters in the book names of my neighbors from when I lived in Roswell,” Ivory said. “I got permission from all of them so I had fun with that.”
Along with some of his favorite local restaurants, such as TJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, he also mentions frequented bars in Athens, where his son attended school, as well as Kennesaw State University, where he attended the masters program in creative writing.
Ivory’s first novella, “There is No President,” a political thriller, was inspired about five years ago during the presidential primaries when Hillary Clinton had a chance to be the first woman president.
“Headless” can be ordered from any online bookstore in hard copy or as an eBook. Readers can also expect to see a sequel to the book, which he has just started writing.
For more information on Ivory and his novellas, visit www.headlessthebook.com.