The Sixth Day Available NOW

I am pleased to announce yesterday’s [October 12, 2012] publication of my new book The Sixth Day: A 17,175-Word Novella About Creation and Fists of IronPrizefighting.

As the title implies, it is a short work relative to my earlier books.  It is not historical fiction.  It is a simple story about five brothers.  When my wife finished reading the initial draft in less than two hours, she looked up and said, “Now that is a ‘feel good’ story,” and that is the exact emotion I hoped to elicit.

As much as I like my previous work, there is something special about this story that came to me like a flash in the middle of the night.  I am very excited about it.  You can learn more about the book at this hyperlink and you can learn more about the story’s evolution at this hyperlink.

The book is available now as both a physical book and as an electronic book at Kindle.  You can acquire either or both from ‘The Store’ page in this website.

I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Please spread the news to your friends and associates.  Thanks for your continued support.

Where Ideas Come From: The Sixth Day

Fists of IronSometimes lightening just strikes and The Sixth Day was initiated by that lightening strike out of a clear, blue sky.  The very nature and structure of the book – so different from my other manuscripts – says something about it origin.

On July 26, 2012, I woke up around 2AM with a pair of sentences running through my mind over and over:  “John Paul was a boy with two first names.  His brothers called him Flap Jack because he loved pancakes more than anything else.”  I remained in bed another 30 minutes, but I could not escape the words.  Over and over, I heard them, I saw them, I felt them.

I climbed from my bed, sat at my desk and started writing, not really knowing what I would write.  The narrative evolved quickly into parallel story lines, one about creation and the other, a boxing match whose violence counters and ultimately balances the good intentions of creation.

With every other manuscript, I chose, researched and developed the story.  The Sixth Day chose me.  Ebonics was natural to the telling of the tale, and with the first words of dialogue, I decided not to use quotation marks.

From the beginning, the book was different.  I continue to call it ‘quirky,’ and its quirkiness is displayed in the full title and in the Kindle cover that veers Kraaysharply, if not irreverently from the traditional cover of the physical book.

I maintain a list of ‘story ideas’ that is larger than I’d like to admit.  The Sixth Day concept was not on that list, but I tabled everything I was working on to finish it.  From start to finish was less than three months; The Hamsa, for example took nearly two years.

Sometimes an idea will strike a writer like a summer cold; you just can’t escape it.  Frankly, I didn’t try to and I’m glad I didn’t.  Now it’s back to Gaspar…. 

When the spirit moves you…

On July 26, 2012, I was 30,000 words into my new historical novel set in ancient Rome, India, Palestine and Greece when  I woke up in the middle of the night with a wild idea running through my head.  The next morning, I started the new manuscript and juggled the two.  I’d work one from 0400 to 0600 and work the historical from 1100 to 1500.  A week ago, I shifted gears and have devoted my entire day to the new one.  At last, I can identify with Stephen King:  I turned out 2,000+ words a day every day this week.  One hour ago, I wrote “The End” on the first draft.  I just fired off an email to my editor asking him “What do you think?”  I’ll let you know what he says.

This is the shortest time it’s taken me to complete a manuscript, but keep in mind it is less than 20,000 words compared to The Hamsa’s 135,000 words.  It will be a ‘quick read’ but a hopefully thought-provoking one.  The story is a quirky one about five brothers ages 5 to 17 abandoned by their parents after the birth of the youngest brother.  The story takes place in less than 24 hours.

I’m committed to having this done by Christmas 2012.