June 4th looms as a huge check mark in my life.
Long after my time on this earth has passed, there will be tangible evidence that I was here. In a way, a contribution to the arts. That feels good.
For a while, I will have the honor of sharing the same precious space reserved for the works of Ian Fleming, Robert Ludlum, Lee Child, Brad Meltzer, Vince Flynn, Frederick Forsyth and so many more.
The air is getting thinner.
It’s like precise math at this point. Hard work + dreams x never giving up = June 4th, which is the day my debut espionage thriller SANDSTORM is released.
I hark back to my days as a youngster when I was drawn to bookstores like a magnet, seeking some far away land or larger than life character to satisfy my imaginative thirst.
They’ve been out of business for years, but I fondly remember spending countless hours at Kroch’s and Brentano’s in downtown Chicago. My mother could deposit me there and then go shopping, secure with the knowledge that I wasn’t going to wonder off. And that was way, way before the invention of cell phones.
Multi levels of books; mysteries, thrillers, WWII, magazines, and newspapers from around the globe. It was the best of times as I thumbed through the latest Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, Len Deighton and other offerings.
I’m sure that’s where the fire was first lit. Imagine one day on the shelf, staring back at me, something I created.
Fast forward to 2013 and it’s about to become a reality.
I can only speculate that seeing one’s first book, a labor of intense love, on a shelf at a bookstore is like an out of body experience. To that end, I have to tip my hat to Barnes & Noble and countless independent sellers for surviving in this technological age. Thanks for hanging in there! Gone are Borders, B. Dalton, Waldenbooks and various other relics that used to cater to a reading world.
Part of me wants to emulate Mary Tyler Moore in the opening credits of her TV show where she spins and joyously throws her hat in the air. Another part wants to take on the persona of The Most Interesting Man In The World. Act like you’ve been here before.
Whichever emotion comes through, I’m sure it will be genuine and extremely humbling. There are friends, fans and strangers who will willingly fork over their hard earned dollars.
I can only hope I manage to give them the kind of return on their investment that leaves them wanting more.