My wife and I went to the Dover Mall yesterday for some Christmas purchasing and one stop was at the book store. We seldom leave Borders empty handed. A woman was seated near the door signing her books. It appeared to be nothing controversial so I just glanced had her and exchanged a few pleasant words. My wife then engaged in some price negotiation with an oriental woman at a kiosk.
I left her to do her thing and chatted with the woman signing her books. It was a science fiction book dealing with a cowboy (!) and space pirate (!!). That certainly is an improvement over the BEM tales and the concept may have great cinema potential. The author was L. S. King and the title was ‘Deuces Wild-Beginners Luck‘. She seems to have gone to great lengths to properly deal with technical details and that is a worthwhile trait associated with the top writers in the field.
I glanced through the book and decided to go back and get another copy as a present for a rather distant friend.
Getting a good book published can be a daunting task and the worst route to follow is ‘self publishing’ through a vanity publishing firm. The author in mention did not have to do so and this speaks well of her. We had a pleasant and wide-ranging conversation that even touched on the political scandals of her native Detroit.
She impressed me as a person with a natural affinity for her craft and a love for reading and writing that began early in her childhood. Since I have not had the time to immerse myself into the book yet, I will put it off a few days until I can treat myself to a non-stop readathon.
We really should check out new writers and respect them for putting so much of themselves in an effort that is so much more than a day labor task and is often more daunting an effort after the last word has been written.
I once took a short story writing class at Loyola College in Baltimore and the instructor had three books to his credit. Each took twice as long to write than the previous work yet brought in less money. He briefly worked as an editor in a local aerospace firm but did not last that long. I always wondered about his fate.