I’ve been busy on the other side of the writing life, the dreaded side, the one that makes me most nervous: the pre-release side of the game. And it is a game. Please don’t believe I am bragging here; it’s just life—we all have met nice people. I’ve met many authors in the past few years, and more than a few over the decades, authors of all kind, from self-published to Big House denizens—love hanging out and talking about how other writers live in and out of their created worlds. I was lucky enough to receive a personalized copy of Stephen King’s Insomnia, the book he publicized by driving his motorcycle across the country in the mid-90s with stops in only ten bookstores. I worked in one of those ten lucky bookstores, the now-defunct independent bookstore in the Sun Valley Mall called Ex Libris. ~hat tipped off for lost days and lost bookstores~ Does it matter that I’ve been surrounding myself with other authors for almost thirty years? Nope. Not one bit. A favorite quote from a creative writing professor: “If I met half the writers in the world, I wouldn’t read their work.” She was being realistic. There are very few authors—their lives, the way they act in the real world—who can match the quality of their prose.
That being said, I hope my own introverted nature isn’t a turn-off for anyone out there—I’m an introvert with a hyper amount of energy. With authors having to pick up the megaphone and shout out to the world that they have a new book out—doing this mostly all on their own, without big marketing dollars from huge publishing companies—I hear so much about new books and I wish I had more time to read the ones that really really peak my interest. I do love reading literary fiction most of all, literary fiction that dips into the psychological or suspense realms, and it’s rare to find an indie author writing in the same vein, but they are there if you take time to look. Maria Savva is one such terrific writer, and she has a field of books in her backlist to explore; I can’t wait to pick up her forthcoming collection of tales, Delusion and Dreams. Gae-Lynn Woods just released her second novel, and I swear she writes as if a demon is tracking her. Love love loved her first novel The Devil of Light—and can’t wait to crack open her next book. Introverts must rise out of their writing chairs from time to time to let the world know they have a new book out—we must channel the extrovert hidden within, cage it, train it, and release it in small doses. So, here is my official shout:
The official book cover for my next release, The Conversationalist, has been created, and I want to share this with you. The art fits the atmosphere of the literary suspense novella—or eNovella. My mother created this work and simply titled it 005. It is 11 X 14 inches, mixed media on paper, and I am the owner of this work. She loved water, loved sitting on shore and watching the waves, lake or ocean.
Please let me know what you think.
Here is the working Book Description:
There’s something wrong with Patrick. People whisper about him; most want to help him, as if he’s a songless bird with a broken wing, make him a project, set him up on a date with a best friend . . .
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