It is with a sense of relief that I announce the release of my book Anchored Leaves. It’s the one book I really wanted to finish before I died. Not that I’m dying anytime soon. But I always had that nagging worry: “What if I get run over by a bus before that book is finished…”
Funnily enough, now that the book is out, I sort of feel like I have died. Or that a life has died. I started the book over twenty years ago. It was my first novel and like a first love, was crucial in what came after. Now that it’s finished, launched, I realize all my writing focal points no longer have much relevance, which brings me full circle. Because when I started writing, I was more interested in phenomena than story. In learning how to write, I was forced into story and now I’m back in phenomena.
I call Anchored Leaves my opus because it’s my great thesis on memory and love, how the idea of love is transmitted/transmuted from one generation to another. It opens with a bang and then quietly hums along, love and memory circling around and around.
Anchored Leaves is available as both a paperback and ebook at Amazon. Hopefully it’ll be available at the iBook store and B&N soon. I go through Smashwords to distribute to those stores and there’s been a lot of tiny issues that bog things down.
If you’d like to read the opening pages, here’s a sample over at Fictionaut.