The Kindle edition of this novel has been released today! Both the e-reader and the paperback are now available. If you purchase it, and are so inclined, I would very much appreciate it if you leave a review on Amazon.
Due to an unexpected glitch, the Paperback version of my book was prematurely released by the publisher while the Kindle version languishes behind (that will soon be corrected, so I am told by my publisher.) So many things are happening – it seems like a terrible time to be releasing a book, but it’s beyond my control. I can only hold my breath, cross my fingers, and pray to whatever gods there be in control of this kind of thing.If you are interested in this book, here it is (I hope you will love it because….well, it’s my baby): Amazon
I’m both pleased and excited to announce my story “The Vanishing of M. Renoir” has been included in this one-of-a-kind journal. This journal includes stories the authors themselves have selected as representing their very best writing.
Happy to share with you that three of my poems have been published today in the Inner Circle Writers Magazine. These poems, “When there is nothing left but bones,” “Today I saw a photograph,” and “These things,” may be found in the Poetry Corner section of the magazine which begins on page 67.
Also in this 18th edition of the magazine, my article, “Analysis of a Short Story” appears on page 26.
I’m really excited about this as, many times, the reader has no idea what the author meant or why he/she did what was done in the story. I analyze for the reader my thinking behind my very short story “Just Before Dark,” giving reasons for the inclusion and/or exclusion of certain details.
I wrote a book! It took three years, but I did it. I did it In spite of never having done anything like it before and in spite of one of the noisiest neighbors on the entire planet living not a dozen feet from my tiny house in California.
It was, if I might say so, a labor of love. The whole idea of creating something that almost had a life of its own was close to intoxicating. The characters became living beings who did not know me, yet I knew them. I not only knew them, but came to love every one of them for their strengths, vulnerabilities, and quirkiness.
I suppose you could say the overriding theme of the work is the age-old “good over evil.” Yet it is more than that. It is different from anything I’ve read in a very long time – if ever – and I found it difficult to pinpoint an actual genre into which it would fit. I ended up calling it a “Speculative Future Thriller” for want of anything more descriptive.
It is set nearly one hundred years in the future and yet, as we look back, things don’t change an awful lot in a hundred years. Sure, there are new medicines and technological discoveries, but life pretty much moves on. Remember, we drove gasoline powered cars one hundred years ago and we are still driving gasoline powered cars today.
But other things did change. In order to write my story I had to build a slightly different country from the one we currently experience. Many things changed for the better yet the same old war-happy world still existed.
I have had so much fun trying out a “trailer” for the book (which is, as you know if you are following my progress, still to be published). This is something about which I have absolutely no how-to knowledge and so I have ended up with something just fun and a flight of fancy. I think it’s a hoot. I’m sure much better trailers for books have been created, but they are not MY trailer and they are not about MY book.
I still laugh every time I play this first effort. Just because it’s so much fun.
This book is scheduled to be published in the latter part of this year. But things being as they are I’m not sure the timeline will be that dependable. Still, like any other author who has created something, I’m excited to see it when it finally does see print. I hope you will be, too.