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As you may or may not be aware, I am currently working on my second book. This time, it isn’t quite as autobiographical as my first, Not Only Am I With The Band… I should hope not considering the fact that it deals with a serial killer. Yep, and we aren’t talking Dexter here folks. Cold, calculating, quite insane… fun stuff, nes’t pas?
Which isn’t to say that there isn’t some of me and my experiences in this new novel; how could that ever be. Authors of fiction that say there is not some semblance of themselves, their experiences in their novels is lying. It is all just a matter of degrees. Sometimes there is a lot of the author in the work, sometimes not so much so.
In the case of Dire Tides (catchy title, eh?) there are a number of elements from past experiences included. Rhonda and I met and honeymooned on Cape Cod the locale for most of this book. Over the years we have spent a goodly amount of time in Provincetown ; the specific locale for most of this book. On holiday on the Cape I sang karaoke at the Governor Bradford in downtown P’Town which does in fact have karaoke seven days a week (“Drag Karaoke” no less).
The characters that frequent the karaoke bar at the Gov’nor are based in any number of ways on the real life people that I sing with on a weekly basis; on shared experiences (thank you Alina, I forgot all about the paper clip progression but you can bet your ass it is going to be integrated into the novel).
This is a work in progress folks. I have set myself a deadline for the end of May to have the first draft of this puppy all wrapped up. No deadlines from editors or publishers mind. Just something that I can shoot for. The amount of editing and draft revisions required afterwards are a black hole for me at the moment. With my first novel my editor said there weren’t a lot of edits required outside of grammar, spelling and some small breaches of continuity. But then again I had spent the better part of two years writing, reviewing and editing it before it ever reached his inbox.
Considering the fact that my first book was based in large part on personal experience, the task of writing a novel “from scratch” has been challenging; but in a fun and completely infectious way. I’m having a blast folks. I will continue to provide occasional updates and samples here as I believe are warranted.
Check out an excerpt here