This thing is state-of-the-art! Whether you use a huge flat screen monitor or are currently viewing this on a wrist watch, this website is totally scalable, so that you won’t miss one exciting moment. Although, you’ve already missed some of the excitement, which was getting this technophobe to interact with this technology in the first place. Ever seen a cat in a cage, on the way to the vet?
It may seem odd that anyone would resist the obvious advantages of digital technology, but I can tell you that I’m not alone. There is an entire lurking subculture of those of us whose minds were originally shaped by the lead pencil and a sheet of lined paper. Our youth was spent trying to emulate the graceful curves of cursive, not in acquiring keyboard proficiency. There’s even the odd few among us who believe computers will steal their souls—and when I see someone walking down the street with a phone in front of their nose, oblivious to their surroundings, interaction with some part of which might prove fatal, I find myself in agreement. My own objections more readily fall into the teaching-an-old-dog-new-tricks category, however. The fight to get me up to 21st-century road speed has been bruising.
Well in Time Launches!
That hurdle having been passed, however, I’m ready—in a quiet and dignified manner, with claws retracted and hysterical panting subdued—to tell you about what’s happening in my world. The first big event of which is the launch of my third book, Well In Time. It’s a stand-alone literary novel, but is also a sequel to my second book, Fiesta of Smoke.
Well In Time was fun to write because it delves into all kinds of odd things that have fascinated me for years: reincarnation, objects of power, underground initiation sites, the Children’s Crusade of 1212, the mysteries of Egypt, and shamanic states of consciousness, to name a few. Then too, I was loathe to let go of my three protagonists from Fiesta of Smoke, Mexican freedom fighter Javier Carteña, American writer Calypso Searcy and international investigative journalist Walter Hill, each of whom is like an old friend. I miss them when I don’t spend time with them.
Which is not to say that writing a sequel was easy. Far from it! I have greatly expanded my admiration for writers whose protagonists have endured through a dozen or more books. There is the obvious problem: how much of the original information about these people must be included in subsequent books, without losing a new reader or boring an old one? And then there’s the more subtle exercise of keeping the characters, now so well-known and -understood, fresh and engaging. This wasn’t really a problem for me while writing Well In Time, because each of the three was involved in such hair-raising events that there was no time for them to slow down enough to become dull.
An Excuse to Travel in France
I’m excited about Well In Time, and I hope you will be, too. For one thing, I had to take a quick trip to the south of France, before I wrote the final chapter. I wanted you to have as clear and evocative an experience of that delicious area as possible—and it’s always an excellent thing to have an excuse to travel there. Which is another reason I’m also excited about this new website. I’ll be able to share with you my wanderings, both of mind and body. Thank you for joining me today. I hope you’ll subscribe so that we can meet again soon.