Author Welcome

george-petersWelcome. I’m truly grateful you’re here. I know that I’m not supposed to write such a thing. I’m supposed to write with all the trappings of authority, one part nonjudgmental psychologist, one part all-knowing expert, one part proselytizing zealot. Tell you the what, and the what for. Give you all the answers, and make you feel like I’m the only one with those answers. Keep you coming back. At least that seems to be the best collective advice of the expert bloggers. The trouble is that I’m not an expert. I’m just a man with too many questions, a man who always wanted to write a novel. So I did.

In FACE OF OUR FATHER, I’ve included a big dose of my “too many questions.” And I’ve provided few, if any, answers. Why? Because, I don’t have the answers. I was hoping some of you might. That’s one of the many reasons I’m grateful you’ve come. But the biggest reason is that out of the too few minutes of your life, you want to share some of them with me. That is humbling. Thank you. In return, I can only promise you that my blog will remain as honest as I can write. Reflect the questions I want to ask. Questions I hope you’ll share. Questions that I hope you’ll question, challenging me, making me wiser and more honest as we share.

I’ll approach things with a respectful irreverence. Addressing every prince and pontiff by their proper titles, but never hesitating to ask why they are standing between my universe and me.

As for the blogging experts, I’ll retain a reverent disrespect for their blogging rules and try to violate at least one every time I blog. Let me start off by breaking a primary rule. I’m supposed to blog frequently. At least once a week, the experts say, or you won’t remember to come back. The implication being that you have the attention span of a hyperactive beagle, and that I have to artfully forge a collar of words and chain you to my blog. So, I won’t do that.

I’ll blog on or about every full moon. Why? Maybe because the moon is a powerful symbol. Maybe because beneath the full moon we wonder, we love, we languish. Maybe because the moon’s glow is soft and spiritual. But, mostly because blogging by moonlight is whimsical, the moon’s cycle marked not by another of man’s ticking taskmasters, but by the whims of the universe. And because, if I promised to blog any more often, I’d risk my day job, delay the completion of FACE OF OUR MOTHER, and eventually break that promise. And I’m too grateful to do that. See ya on the next full moon.

Stream of Consciousness Quotes:

“‘There is no final one; revolutions are infinite. The final one is for children: children are frightened by infinity, and it’s important that children sleep peacefully at night…’” -I-330, WE, by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi




3 thoughts on “Author Welcome

  1. I am not intellectually inclined nor a witty or in depth conversationalist. I do read a lot: Baldacci, Grisham, Child, etc., and make a point to read all the works by John Verdon and Nelson DeMille.
    None of the books by the dozens of authors i have read has affected me as did ‘Face Of Our Father’.
    Due to my intellectual shortcomings I must admit some of the thought processes went over my head requiring a reread of various excerpts and passages.
    The passage that struck home to me personally was where Stu described to Angie his take on lies and how they can deprive one of a certain path in life. That passage was absolutely spot on.
    I am enthralled with both Angie and Stuart, their troubled marriage, the way, in spite of everything, they still fight for their relationship.
    I love these characters and cannot wait for ‘Face Of Our Mother’. (Hint, 2016 is almost over – heh-heh).
    Congratulations on a fabulous book.
    Have a Very Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank you for the generous comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed the novel, and even gladder that some passages struck home. I definitely wanted to write a story that not only entertained, but also gave the reader pause, inspired some degree of reflection. And you highlighted one of my favorite personal reflections, namely, the damaging power of lies. I struggled for some time to get to the core problem of a lie, to cut through all the polite euphemisms, to uncloak this commonly accepted social misdemeanor, and identify lying for the truly grievous act that it is. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I suggest in the novel that lying to someone is actually stealing a bit of their life from them, sometimes a great big part of their life. Lying to someone is a close second to physically harming them, and in the long run, often does considerably more damage. The sequel further explores the damages rendered by deceits.

    Unfortunately, I must apologize to you for my tardiness with FACE OF OUR MOTHER. I am far behind my writing goals. Family challenges made this past year a tough year to write. I’ll post a blog before the end of December, providing a few details, and apologizing to every reader. My calendar is clear for the foreseeable future, and I’ll finish up and publish the sequel as soon as possible.

    Once again, thank you for your kind comments. And Merry Christmas to you, and all of yours!

  3. I just realized it is about a year since I emailed my congratulations to you on ‘Face of our Father’. To this day from time to time I go back and read some of the passages, especially Stuart’s take on lies.

    Of course I also check every once in awhile to see if ‘Face of our Mother’ has been published, i know it’s a cliche to say ‘life gets in the way’, but this is so true from time to time.

    I sincerely hope we, your readers, get the privilege of reading ‘Face of our Mother’ at some point in the future. Of all the dozens of authors and hundreds and hundreds of books I read this is the one I have anticipated the most. I so look forward to the next chapter in the lives of Angie and Stuart,

    I would also like to wish you the very Merriest Christmas and all the best for 2018.

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