I apologize if I sound like kind of, well, a bit of a jerk, but I guess sometimes that is what I am. Here goes…..
It was about twenty years ago – probably around the year 2000.
I had just read a fiction book that was a Best Seller. I don’t remember the book, but it was pretty lame. Trite characters and a plot that was like so many other books. It kinda sucked. Yet it was a vaunted Best Seller!
So, there I was in the kitchen. I was with my wife. By the way, I should mention I have been married close to forty years and am head over heels crazy in love with my wife – still – like a schoolboy with his first crush. Go figure that.
Irrespective of that, I was sitting at the kitchen table and ranting. I was going on and on about how this book was a Best Seller but it sucked! On and on I ranted, while my wife probably just rolled her eyes.
Finally, she looked at me and said:
“If you’re so amazing, could you write a best seller?”
This sounded like a challenge – like fighting words – so I responded:
“Of course. Here is the plot……”
And then – it was almost scary – the plot for Faythe of North HInkapee just bubbled out of me. I told the first part of the story in about five minutes without pausing for breath.
When I stopped I looked at her and she looked at me. We were both kind of shocked at what had happened. And she said:
“My God. That does sound like a best seller!”
Trust me – my wife doesn’t kiss my ass. She is a fifth degree black belt in karate and has a fighting spirit. She was serious and I knew it.
So maybe I had something here. Let’s test market it….
At that time, my older daughter – about 11 years old – and I used to go running together. The runs got longer and longer till they were around two hours in length. We didn’t go super-fast but we kept going. And part of what kept us going is I would tell stories as we went. Strangely, there wasn’t ever a pre-existing plot before we left for a run. I would just start out with something and see where the tale went. It was odd, but something about running along created all sorts of tales.
I started out with the story I had told my wife, which was only the first part of Faythe of North Hinkapee. And my daughter loved it. And then I gradually unfolded the rest of it to her on various long runs, until we had the whole story finished. I give her credit as sometimes when the plot stumbled she would help me out with ideas and angles.
Roughly 15 years went by and I always wanted to write the book, but couldn’t get around to it. I had a round-the-clock day job as a lawyer in mid-town NYC, and there just wasn’t that kind of time.
Then, starting about five years ago — about 2018 – I started out writing the book. I found that if I could take two uninterrupted weeks at a time and turn off email, I could whip out a volume. With a total of four weeks a year, it took roughly two years and it was done!
This was pretty fast I realized – an 850 page book written in about 8 weeks – a hundred pages a week. But it was done, finally,
As a first-time author of fiction, I then learned the hard way that “done” means I was starting on editing, marketing and all sorts of things that discourage authors. And that took another two years.
But now I am happy to say, I am really done, and here is the book for your reading enjoyment and excitement.