Some have asked, "Who is Randy Rawls? What makes him tick?" Others who know me say, "I see a lot of you in your hero, Ace Edwards." Me? I say Iím a simple guy who enjoys writing and hopes that others will find pleasure in my words.

I was born and reared in Williamston, North Carolina, a small town in the northeastern part of the state. From there, I inherited a sense of responsibility, a belief in fair play, and a love of country. These traits have carried me through my adulthood. Each day, as I see some of the horrific events in our society, I know I was fortunate to be born into the Southern way of life.

In many ways, Iíve lived an idyllic life. As a career US Army officer, I had the opportunity to learn, travel, teach, and hone talents inherited from my parents. Following retirement, I worked in other avenues for the US Government where my opportunities continued. But most of all, I had fun--every job has in some way been fun. Even the dark days of Vietnam had their light moments, and I cherish the camaraderie that was an integral part of survival in that hostile world.

"So how did you get started in writing?" people ask.

"Get started? I began to type and a story evolved," I reply. And as strange as that sounds, it actually happened that way. One day I sat at the computer and wrote about a teenager kicking a soccer ball in his backyard. (At that time, I was heavily involved in coaching youth soccer--something I did for twenty years--and it was only natural that my first novel revolved around the game.) From that beginning, I wrote DAVIDíS GAME. Donít look for it in your favorite bookstore. Itís not published . . . yet.

The scene from which JAKEíS BURN builds did not begin as a story line for me. A friend whose protagonist is a female insurance investigator was searching for a sequel. I suggested the arson of an expensive home followed by the discovery of bodies in the ashes. She rejected the idea and it lay dormant. Later, while living in Dallas, I did a 100 kilometers bicycle ride around Cisco, Texas. During the dayís huffing and puffing, I saw a beautiful home atop a distant hill and my memory returned to the story line Iíd suggested. When I also found myself fascinated with the countryside and Cisco itself, JAKEíS BURN was born. Somewhere in all that, a Dallas PI became the hero--Arthur Conan Edwards, Ace. His namesake was the greatest mystery writer of all, Arthur Conan Doyle, and how Ace got his name is told in the Ace Edwards series.

I am fascinated by the history of the small towns of Texas and offer anecdotes from their history in each of my stories. JOSEPHíS KIDNAPPING, the second in the Ace Edwards series, takes place in the small town of Canton, Texas. Have you heard of First Monday Trade Days or Hoss Monday? You will.

Book three is JADE'S PHOTOS. It takes place in Grand Saline, ten miles from Canton. I stumbled across it while researching JOSEPH'S KIDNAPPING. The first attraction was the underground salt dome from which it takes its name. However, when you read the book, you'll quickly understand why Clark's Ferry grabbed my attention.

Book four is JINGLEíS CHRISTMAS.  What would you do if Santaís Chief Elf for North Texas operations came to you on December 15th and reported that the toys had been stolen? Could you recover them by Christmas? Thatís Aceís dilemma.

I make you only one promise. I write to entertain you. If you get more than that, I feel extremely gratified.