I’m adding a new category here to the type of posts that I write. I’m adding “Shameless Self Promotion.” I don’t like this type of thing, but with a new book out, sometimes you do what you have to do.
My first novel, “The Hurricane Café,” has just been released and, of course, I want people to know about it, so I’m going to be writing about the book from time to time. I promise I won’t beat you over the head with it too often.
This story came about after a trip to Seattle, Washington in the fall of 2004. I was staying at a Days Inn close to Downtown Seattle. The Hurricane Café was right across the street from the motel and I ventured over one night.
After more than a few drinks and getting interested in the “unique” bartender, I went back to my motel room and starting taking notes. In November of that year, I decided to turn those notes into a CityBeat, Living Out Loud column.
As I was writing it, friend and writing Professor Jeffrey Hillard and I were emailing back and forth. I forget the reason why, but I sent Jeff a copy of what I was working on—that story based on that bar and bartender in Seattle, Washington. He made some good suggestions for the story and I ended up with a column called “Sex, Lies and 12 Egg Omelets.” It was published in CityBeat in December of 2004 and also was part of my book of short stories released in 2005.
After the story was written, I heard from Jeff again who thought it was good and also thought there could be more to the story. I started thinking about it and over the next few years, made more notes and made a little bit of an outline as to what the story could be about. The more I thought about it and the more notes I took, I started to realize that this could be a novel.
On Thanksgiving Day, 2008, I sat down and started writing “The Hurricane Café.” It’s been a part of my life ever since.
And now it’s not. Well, that’s not entirely true, but after four plus years of writing this book, it feels strange to turn it loose, feels odd not to be working on it anymore. I’m getting over it as I’m now working on another book—another novel.
So now “The Hurricane Café” is out in the world. Here’s a brief synopsis of what the story is about.
If it sounds like a book you might be interested in reading, you can click here to order an old fashioned copy of it—a book. If you’re not old fashioned, you can order a Kindle edition by clicking here. Hey, give me some credit. At least I know what a “Kindle” is.
That’s enough shameless self promotion for one day. I thank you for putting up with it.
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