Yesterday, someone told me (out of the blue) that they had read The Secret Root and loved it. There is no better feeling than to hear that someone spent the time reading your book - and liked it enough to tell me! So if you read it, and enjoyed it, let me know! I’m incredibly grateful for your kind words!!
So what does it mean to say that “several hundred people have actually purchased my book”? The great fear of any author is that your friends will buy your book, just to be nice, and then no one else will ever buy or read what you spent years to write. At a certain point, however, it becomes obvious that something magical has happened - people you do not know, have never met, and would not recognize if they met you on the street, have gone through the trouble of buying and reading your book. And then some of them, in a further act of remarkable goodheartedness, have reviewed the book (on Amazon or Goodreads) or even just recommended it to a friend. This month several dozen people I have never met downloaded The Secret Root on Kindle - more than in any other month since the book’s release. I have no explanation for that - only a huge smile. So thank you, and keep on supporting The Secret Root while I work to write book 2!
I had no idea they sliced things that thin, but how cool! And if you haven’t bought a copy, it is still on sale for Kindle for $0.99!
One of the formative experiences of my teenage years was watching The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension. The story of a neurosurgeon-rock star-physicist-test pilot who accidentally starts a battle for our world with interdimensional aliens, it is 80s geek culture synthesized. It also stars John Lithgow in a scenery chewing performance as Dr. Emilio Lizardo that had me saying “Laugh while you can, monkey boy!” for many decades thereafter.
FYI, the movie did not age well, so if you watch it today prepare to be disappointed.
But that isn’t the important thing for my pointless reminiscence of the day: the movie was, in many critical ways, the inspiration for how I’ve tried to live my life: to approach the world as though everything was possible.
Now, no one (especially me!) is a renaissance man like the aforementioned Mr. Banzai. But - and this is the main thing - you really need to try. There is no reason to place artificial limits on yourself before you even begin.
So, I became a lawyer. And a musician. And a music journalist. And a novelist. And a painter. And a blogger on social media, popular culture and the law. And a parent. And…
And my life would be infinitely less rich and interesting if I stopped trying new things. Sure, I may not be saving the world, and I’m hardly the best at any of these things (except for being a lawyer! And maybe a time travel novelist…) but I am (a) working in the most engaging area of the law where creative people try to find their muse, (b) playing music in front of audiences who dance, (c) writing books that people enjoy (and by the way, have you read The Secret Root yet? It’s on sale on Amazon for kindle for $0.99 ($12.95 paperback), and (d) talking to people about the crazy ways that the future is coming to their doorstep. I’m not Neil Gaiman or Joe Hill or John Scalzi (at least not yet!) but I’m trying!
And I hope Buckaroo Banzai would be proud!
I read a lot, and it is not uncommon for me to find myself reading more than one book at the same time (sometimes I’m not in the mood to read about, say, the history of cancer, no matter how good the book might be…) But right now, I’m in the middle of a pile up. I’m currently reading 6 books. This is too many, by any measure. I need to buckle down and get them done!
So what are these books that are tormenting me? Railsea, by China Mieville, The Lion, by Nelson DeMille, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and Under the Dome by Stephen King. Must. Read. More. Quickly.
Here’s the list of books I recommended to a friend yesterday who enjoys YA, plus some dream-like adult. It isn’t comprehensive, of course (she’s read Divergent, she’s read Beautiful Creatures, etc.) but it has some good ones that everyone should check out. Also, this is in no particular order:
(1) Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
(2) The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
(3) Graceling, Kristin Cashore
(4) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
(5) Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohen and David Levithan
(6) Enclave, Ann Aguirre
(7) American Gods, Neil Gaiman
(8) Pure, Julianna Baggott
(9) The Foresaken, Lisa Stasse
(10) Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
(11) The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson
(12) Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
(13) The 5th Wave, Rick Yancy
(14) Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (just read a used copy if you’re boycotting)
(15) Insignia, SJ Kincaid
(16) The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud
(17) Legend, Marie Lu
(18) Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
(19) Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
(20) An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
(21) Maze Runner, James Dashner
(22) The Expats, Chris Pavone
(23) The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer
(24) Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
(25) The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta
(26) The Magician, Lev Grossman
(27) Ready Player One, Ernie Cline
(28) Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante
(29) Angelmaker, Nick Harkaway
(30) Wool, Hugh Howey
…that same reviewer (a teen who reviews a ton of YA) gave 3 stars to THE HUNGER GAMES. Admittedly this is pretty hilarious, but SOMEONE GAVE MY BOOK THE SAME 3 STAR RATING THAT THEY GAVE TO THE HUNGER GAMES. I probably can die now.
"He stared at me and I felt a change: time meant nothing and never would again." - Edie Boyd
While working on book 2 of the Mesh Chronicles, I’ve been struck by the number of times the characters almost seem to be quoting my favorite songs. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence…
Especially when it seems to happen randomly, with no apparent cause. Suddenly, 20 people download The Secret Root, and I picture them reading it, and all seems right with the world. It’s on sale now at Amazon for $0.99 - what are you waiting for? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009LK59FG?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links