Writing isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s hard work and other times it’s as blissfully simple as breathing. In the last couple of months, I’ve been working very hard. Unfortunately, to the cost of reaching out to you, to a lack of social media in general. But I’ve done it because I believe that this is all making art. I might be silent but I trust that you understand the payout will be worth it. So here goes.
April 21, 2018 is the release date for Pure Red Sand: Uncomfortable Truths.
If you’ve read An Expensive Retreat, you will definitely have questions. In this book, I’m going to answer some of them and create others. A little faster paced than the first book, in this one we’re going back to Earth. This is a little snippet of what to expect. (I’ll try and post some more across social media leading up to the release.)
In this scene, Sven meets one of the medics from the hospital in Stalear to find out what happened to the 112 people who were left behind:
She sat quietly for a moment but she still fidgeted with her coat and the edge of the table. When she looked up, some of the wariness had returned to her face. “Look, I’ve been well paid to keep my mouth shut and stay out of this mess. I have everything I need here. I won’t pretend that life is good because when you’ve seen what I have, you can’t live a normal life again. But it’s my life and it’s all I have. I’m starting to think this might have been a mistake.”
“You keep saying that you want to talk about it. What will it take? I don’t have money. I told you everything I know about the abandonment and about your friends. You’re the one who agreed to this meeting. You contacted me. I’m here and listening.”
She slumped back down but finally nodded. “Fine. What do you want to know?”
“Everything you can tell me about the abandonment.”
She sat up straighter, glanced around the room, and rubbed her arms as if she were cold. “Cameras?”
“No. I randomly chose the room and did not take the first one they offered. I came here immediately. I will record your story on audio and take a couple of notes but there’s nothing secret. My datapad has a filter so no one can pick up the signal and the recording will be encrypted. This is as safe as I can make it and I’ve done it before. Are you willing?”
“What do you know?”
Sven watched her for a minute. She was stalling and he couldn’t figure out what it was going to take. Everyone else had been willing to spill everything they knew from the second they came in. Maybe she would be more willing to talk to Nadine? Or was he just trying to get out of doing it alone?
“Okay, this is how it works, Claire. You know you want to tell me everything. You can drag this out as long as you want but I can promise you, it’s never going to get any easier to live with until it’s out there.”
“You can’t know that.”
“You’re right. But I do know that’s what everyone else told me.” He gave her a moment. “Are you ready?” He was pushing her but he was so close to getting her story and to knowing what happened that he didn’t want to let it go.
“You know what was left behind, don’t you?”
“God, I hope we all rot in hell for this.” She took a deep, ragged breath, leaned forward to rest her arms on the table and began to speak slowly.
I’ve been working really hard on “Julianne” and I’m really excited about the progress I’m making. I’ll try and share a little more of that project as it comes together. (I’m just past halfway to the finish.) Plus, in September or October, you can look forward to the conclusion of Nadine’s story in “A Family Affair.”
There will also be at least two more titles coming in 2019. More on those once I survive these.
Ottawa people – Stay tuned for news of a book launch in April. As soon as I know more, I’ll let you know.
Newfoundland folks – I plan to be in your province in May. I’ll arrange an event* to celebrate the first two books if there’s interest.
So now the ball is in your court. If you want an event, let me know through email, facebook or twitter. I want to hear from you lovely folks!
*Readings, Q&A period and anything else I can manage.