I just finished writing an 85,000 word novel that I’ve been working on the past couple of years. It feels good to have completed something of this magnitude, even though I still have a lot of work to do to get it ready to send out to agents.
I’m hoping you can help me do that by “liking” my author page on Facebook, or following me on Twitter. A strong “platform” could give me the edge I need in a competitive market. You can do so by clicking the links in the sidebar, or going to the pages at the links below.
I’m also looking for a new set of readers, people who will commit to read the novel and provide feedback on several levels: how well it holds your attention, where it sings, where it sags; if there are any holes or gaps in the content (dangling threads, illogical time warps, etc.); anything that comes to mind that could make the novel stronger. If you think you’d like to help out this way, please let me know.
“From the Far Ends of the Earth” is about what happens when the one person who has been holding together a difficult family mysteriously disappears. Will those left behind have the strength and love, or even the will, to keep from falling apart?
The novel is told from the perspective of the three family members left behind.
Kay is a “cranky” grad student studying archeology. While distrusting men in general, and her father and brother in particular, she has been extremely close to her mother, who now leaves mysterious messages on Kay’s answering machine. Mourning her loss, Kay sifts through the shards and debris of childhood memories trying to understand the past and learn how to trust again.
Cal has spent most of his life on the street strung out on heroin, but he’s living at home when his mother disappears. He is deeply hurt and angry at her disappearance, and mystified by the strange photographs she mails him. When his father suddenly leaves, he is left on his own with a house to care for and no clue how to do it. Eventually he discovers his own artistic outlet welding sculpture from scrap metal. Then he takes in a boarder whose tattooed body reveals a past even more tragic than his own.
Walter awaits his wife’s return by paying her credit card bills and tracking her journey through Central and South America. Then he decides to take his own long-delayed trip to Alaska, where a new life, new love, and new tragedy await him. When his wife’s credit card bills stop coming, he travels to Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru to find her.
I wrote more about the novel in a blog post, which includes a link to a short story “When Things Go Missing” adapted from one of Cal’s chapters.
I have a second short story adaptation in the works from one of Kay’s chapters set Mexico at an archeological dig. It’s called “The Fragrance of Rocks.” While I’m finishing up the final revisions on the novel, I’ll be working on it and some of my other short stories.
The writing life, I’m finding, is one never-ending process. Which is why it’s so important to share and celebrate the milestones with others. I hope you will join me!
“Friday I tasted life. It was a vast morsel.” – Emily Dickinson
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anaïs Nin