What If Everyone Acted As If You Didn’t Exist?

tonerfacewebThat’s the premise of my novel-in-progress, Naming the Stars.

In Naming the Stars, 16-year-old Mary-Louise comes home from swimming lessons one day to find she is absent from family photographs, her bedroom has turned into a linen closet, and all of her possessions have disappeared. More troubling, her family goes on as if she never existed. The only person in town who can actually see her is a boy she calls Fish, a YMCA swimming instructor, but Fish is hiding from a troubled past and the person he sees is entirely different from who she thought she was.

What if everyone acted as if you didn’t exist?

With dreamlike realism and with a dash of cosmology, this coming-of-age story explores the important and often fragile connection between the roles we play in others’ lives—as siblings, children, friends, and partners—and the unique identity we must find in ourselves.

Coming someday soon (I HOPE!) to book places everywhere.


Book Marketing Hazards Ahead?

Am I messing with my ‘brand’ as a mystery novelist by updating my ‘Books‘ page as I have done? Will my audience be as confused as Mitt Romney’s campaign officials?

Put those Etch-a-Sketches down and listen for a moment to my rationale. I love all of my projects and am excited to talk about them. I like to experiment in a number of writing forms (poetry and prose) and in a number of novel genres (mystery and literary fiction). The more writing I do, the more I want to experiment, push myself, learn more. And overall, I hope to do better with each subsequent work.

So read all about my recent, forthcoming and in-progress novels on my updated books page. Plus, I’m showing off my Zorro lunchbox (featured in my novel-in-progress Albert Park), and I have posted my first blurb for Broken Down (forthcoming this September from North Star Press). Woot!

I am happy to clear up any marketing confusion that exists. Just click on my contact page and send me an email.