This section is to let you know about upcoming events. However, as I'm sitting here getting ready for the book to be released and the site to go online, I have no idea what is ahead. So I'm going to start with a short letter and see where things take us.
When I was a small child my grandmother came to stay with us as she was dying of cancer. I would lie with her at night and she would tell stories of her childhood, her family struggling on a farm in the Ukraine, her father murdered and her brothers lost to war. There would be Russian fairy tales swirled in so that a sleepy boy dreamt them into the reality. Tales of her mother fleeing with her daughters to America, the young sisters surviving and growing on the harsh plains of the Dakotas. The wars. The depression. Moving to L.A. Working at Disney. And so on through tales that suddenly began to include aunts and uncles I knew, and then incredibly my own mother, and then father. And then there I was, a child sharing my bed with my puppy, Macduff. I had become a part of the story.
After she was gone, I would tell my first stories to my little sister. Since then I have spent a lifetime writing in one way or another. This is a pretty ordinary story, of course: Years of teaching and marriage and children and part time jobs balanced against hours of writing and workshop, writing and conferences, writing and submission, writing and rejections. Now and then a word of praise or a small acceptance. As a teacher, giving back to younger writers when I could.
After pounding away for most of a lifetime, one of my novels, Bones of a Saint, was discovered in the slush by an extraordinary agent, Stephen Barr at Writer's House; and then it was embraced by an amazing editor at Soho Press, Daniel Ehrenhaft. I have gotten to know and believe in them, and most amazingly, they believe in me.
I could try and think of some clever line here to grab your attention. But I'm just asking for a favor, one writer to one reader: Just read a chapter. And after that….Well, the "after that" is all that matters, yes?
Thank you for the time.