Well. Where to begin…?
I guess, really, to go back to the beginning, I’ll need you to travel back a few years and come into the shower with me.
The Very Long version of this story revolves around big projects, and the life of a writer and all kinds of esoteric hoo-haw, so let’s go with the short version, shall we? Suffice to say, I had been [and continue to be] working on a really big project, and over the course of it had found myself occasionally discouraged at the length and magnitude and general overwhelmedness that comes with such a thing. [More on THAT project later…]
As the life of a writer can be a lonely one, I periodically gather somewhere central with others of my ilk, and together we work on our individual projects in sullen silence.This, my friends, is how anti-social writers bond.
Anyway, on this particular day, I was in the shower preperatory to meeting my friend [the writer Kathy Kenzie] for just such a work session. Forced by Kathy’s odd expectation that I be clean when we meet, I was in the shower when an idea hit. It made me laugh out loud.
Ablutions finished, I hurried off to see what Kathy thought. It made her laugh, too.
On a day when both of us were feeling somewhat discouraged by the mixture of torpor and insanity that is our life’s calling, we both laughed at this one, silly idea. People have gone to war for less.
So, of course, I wrote the book.
It’s not my usual sort of thing. It’s not YA. Although ENIRELY fictional, it treads a line between the real world and the imaginary in such a way that it could have met a short, sharp end many times before it was even finished. As a result, by its very nature, it has been a Super Sekrit project since Day One.
But here we are. It looks like the universe is unfolding so that this Super Sekrit project is, in fact, going to see the light of day in 2015. It’s going to mean a lot of changes for me, and for those who follow my work.
The first thing you might notice will be this website, as it will be undergoing a bit of a facelift in the coming weeks. Other exciting things are in store, too, and I will talk more about those in upcoming posts. But let’s finish today’s musings with a bit about the project itself, shall we?
Because I’m going to need your help.
For all kinds of reasons, I’ve decided to step away from traditional publishing for this project. Let’s call it an experimental foray into self-publishing. Giant learning curve involved, and so far it’s been equal parts fun and nerve-wracking.
Now that the head-down, anti-social, book-writin’ part is done, I’ve decided to pull back the curtain on everything else, and walk through the self-publishing process in public. It IS an experiment, after all, and maybe we’ll learn something together. This is not to say I’ve walked away from traditional publishing in any way. My first six books have emerged through major publishing houses, and I have every expectation that the aforementioned major project I’ve been working on will go that route, too. But this time, I’m going to bring a book to you on my own, and hopefully learn something in the process.
Whew! This sekrit sharing is no easy task, especially when you’ve been holding on to something for so long. But this story is very dear to my heart, and I hope you are going to enjoy it, too. The story takes the form of what you might call a romantic comedy for grownups. It’s called FINDING FRASER, and now that all the sekrits are out there, I’ll tell you more about it when next we chat, okay?