First off, if you don’t know who Ray Banks is, you are dead to me. Go out, buy his books (all of them), read them, and then get back to me. I’ll wait.
While I have found that the crime writing community has been shockingly supportive and inclusive, Ray has gone above and beyond in his support for DOVE SEASON. Including this interview, in which Ray asks some really great questions. Check it out at The Saturday Boy.
And if that wasn’t enough, I wrote a guest blog about the 1965 movie, THE LOVED ONE on his crazy-awesome movie site, Norma Desmond’s Monkey.
My debut novel DOVE SEASON goes on sale today. It’s still hard to believe.
As a writer, I often joke that I have more discipline than talent. I’m the guy who shows up every day. I get my work done and try to maintain a certain level of quality in everything that I produce. I can’t imagine not writing every day, and I try to show respect for the work and my potential readers. But to actually have the book in my hand, to see my first novel out in the world, it’s an absolutely incredible experience.
I just want to say to everyone that has offered their support, to everyone that has chosen to spend some of their precious time reading my book, and to everyone in the future that picks up one of my books, I am truly grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now back to the regularly scheduled shameless self-promotion already in progress.
This is the portable model
Over the last few months, I have been contacting various authors in an effort to get them to read an advanced copy of my novel DOVE SEASON for consideration in supplying me with an author blurb. You know what I’m talking about, those hyperbolic quotes on the back of the book that tells you that the book is awesome and you should buy it.
I sent out emails far and wide, thinking that if I was lucky I would get maybe two or three people to get back to me, let alone agree to read it. I was wrong, I got over 20 authors to agree to read it. And the ones that could not due to their schedules, were gracious and full of support and advice.
I have come to the conclusion that crime writers (and a few non-crime writers) rock.
The following list represents a group of authors that displayed unbelievable generosity and support to me. Not all of them could read the book and I am sure that not all of them will supply me with a blurb. But all of them welcomed me to the crime writing family. I’ve read books by all of them and if you’re looking for something to read, pick up a book by one of these writers. You won’t be disappointed.
Please note: Just because these authors are on this list, does not mean that they have endorsed my book (many are still in the process of reading it). I only wish to express my sincere thanks for their generosity and support.
Posted in Crime Fiction, Dove Season, Fiction
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