It has been a little over a year since my novel, Brand-Changing Day, was published by Asymmetrical Press. Brand-Changing Day was a huge personal achievment for me, not just as an author, but as a person. I wrote the novel against the urgings of what were at the time my closest friends and family. I grew up surrounded by very religious people in a very religious home, and believe it or not, things like writing, and hoping to make a career as a writer, were highly discouraged. And the things I wanted to write about were downright excommunicable. About a month before Brand-Changing Day was published, I left the world I grew up in and drove for two days straight, from Ohio to Montana, and in Montana I essentially started my life over.
The year since then has been the best and busiest of my life. I wrote another novel (details soon); I managed The Minimalists' 100-city book tour and helped them spread their message in person to over 40,000 people; I helped publish books by Robyn Devine, Robert Isaac Brown, and Josh Wagner; and I met my amazing fiancée, who I'm marrying next year, and whose family has come to mean a great deal to me.
Whatever you want to do, whatever growth you're looking for or things you want to accomplish, you can. Sometimes these things take reboots, restarts, regenerations, and more often than not, they're hard, but they're never impossible.
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I'm happy to announce that Brand-Changing Day is now available in its second edition, with a new cover (once again designed by the incredibly talented Colin Wright).
My novella, The Flute Player, the first piece of good fiction I ever wrote, is also now in its second edition, and for the rest of December the Kindle version is available for only 99¢.
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If you purchase either book, I'd appreciate a review on Amazon. And if you don't want to purchase the books yourself, that's okay, but I'd be grateful if you'd share the links with others. Writing is my craft, but it's the readers who make it possible.