It’s hard to describe the feeling of finally having the book in my hand. So little about writing actually feels concrete that having a real book is flat-out bananas. I am obviously at a loss for words if “bananas” is the best I can.
If there are any other authors out there that can describe the feeling of having your first novel in your hands for the very first time, I would love to hear from you. Or even your tenth book. The feeling can’t get old.
All this on top of some really awesome blurbs from Charlie Stella and Ray Banks. Here’s what they had to say about DOVE SEASON:
“Johnny Shaw is a talented writer with a genuine feel for desert speak. His debut, Dove Season, offers some cross-border issues of the day. A dying father’s last wish quickly turns into a deadly adventure for all involved. Shaw has writing chops deserving of future attention.” — Charlie Stella (author of Johnny Porno)
“Johnny Shaw’s Dove Season may well be the best debut this year. It has the warm wit of Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard novels, the effortless cool of Elmore Leonard and just a sprinkling of Crumley’s border dust. Here’s to many more Jimmy Veeder fiascos to come.”— Ray Banks (author of Beast of Burden)
It’s crazy (bananas, if you will) to get this kind of reaction from such great writers. One hell of a good week.