As the observant among my readers have already noticed, and some of you already knew, I’ve just launched my first novel. First to be published, that is; I’ve been writing a long time.
I confess I feel a bit awkward about this post because I’m someone who finds the process of self-promotion excruiatingly uncomfortable. I wasn’t brought up to “blow my own trumpet”, to sound my own praises. I’m old-fashioned British, if you like. But the world moves on, and uncomfortable as it is, the author needs to do some book promotion, even when she’d rather just shove it at you all and squeak, “There it is. Enjoy!” and run away, crimson with blushes.
I’m glad you can’t see me now, for that reason. Beetroot meets tomato, if you like.
The central premise of this book is that even strong, able people break down beyond the power of their own recuperation, due to the hand Life can deal them. I’ve been there. You probably have too. But have you ever sat at the computer, in the small hours of the morning, thinking, you really can’t go on, that “My heart is broken and I am dying inside”? Each of the six protagonists in the book come to this point, and in this space of despair, type those words into an internet search engine, and start the strangest and most powerful journey of their lives.
This is a book for a seeker, a book for those who wonder “What if?”. It’s a book that draws you into the world of each of the six characters and keeps you there. J said he wanted those six as his friends, and didn’t want the book to end because then that time with them would be over.
It’s not chicklit, it’s not murder mystery, it’s not vampires, it’s not spies or cops and robbers and it’s not romance. In fact, it’s quite hard to categorise because it doesn’t fit into any easy genre slot. It is itself and that’s probably the best way any book should be. If you’ve been through or are going through major life challenges, this is the book for you. It might be fiction, or it might not; there’s an ambiguity about the events that you need to make up your own mind about. But fiction or not, it’s also true in ways that go beyond literature.
I’d appreciate feedback if and when people read it; and if you like it, add a review at Amazon. Every little helps!
June 2011. Edit:
It’s been a long delay but I have finally managed to get Strangers and Pilgrims up on Kindle.
So for those who have been delaying till this deed was done, the wait is now over.
It’s available from Amazon US and also from Amazon UK . For all other Amazon stores, please enter the title and my name to find it.
I am quietly chuffed to bits about this, and now I’ve figured this one out, it’ll be a shorter wait till the next ones come out.
Also now available through the iStore for iPad and iPod here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/strangers-pilgrims/id438492308?mt=11
And now on Nook:
Following a new and better edition of the Kindle version, I have created a better paperback, available here: S&P UK and here S&P US
I love the premise!!
Then you might love the book too.
another Lulu author, yay! 😉
As soon as I finish my readings I’ll head either to Amazon or Lulu to check your book… sounds interesting enough! 😀
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I love the journey this took me on.
Thank you for making this available..when is the next one coming out?? Please tell me it will be soon
patience, lad, patience!
thanks for visiting; news will come your way.
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Okay, so this is seriously weird as I am writing something vaguely similar (but very different) right now… talk about chime a chord. Shall rustle off and buy. 🙂
And hey, hey, hey, blow your own trumpet – the angel Gabriel sure as heck won’t do it for you! 🙂
nice to see you here. I am constitutionally unsuited to trumpet playing, and was really scared about suggesting you read my oracles post. I see a lot of “blatant self promotion” on Twitter and I cringe if I think I am doing it. Dunno why, really, as going Indie does simply mean you need to tell people and keep telling them, so why I get het up about it, I simple cannot fathom. What I need more than anything is BALLS to just keep on with it.
I shall be very curious to see how your work is similar but different: thematically or how?
and a big thank you if you do buy. It means a lot to me.
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I enjoyed this book so much that I have just read it again. Thought provoking and very different from the average novel. I really identified with the statement ‘My heart is broken and I am dying inside’ having been at that point myself at a time of crisis my life.
I have suffered from depression on and off all my life despite being seen as the strong one in my family so I congratulate you on battling through to create an excellent book.
Thank you so very much Johanna for such positive feedback. It means a great deal to any author but especially when it seems that a book has reached the very people it was hoped it would reach.
You’ve just made my day!
And often those of us who suffer with depression are the strong ones, we give to others until it hurts and then have little left for ourselves. Bless you. x
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Just found your site (over from Jean Raffa) and also downloaded this book as I’m intrigued. 🙂
Well hello and thank you so much. I know Jean enjoyed it so I hope you will too!
Stranger and Pilgrims sounds a book that is not…not…not…which is why it interests me. I empathize (hugely) with the blowing trumpet inhibition and still find it bottom clenchingly awful. We seem to have much in common!
yes, I loathe the whole promotional side of things, but needs must. This is where persona can come in useful. I pretend to be someone else!
I have just finished reading strangers and pilgrims. What an amazing read, and thought provoking. Please follow up a book on the characters. They are all so interesting, especially Alex and Ginny.
Thank you for the kind feedback.It’s always lovely to hear how the book has moved and affected people. Funny you should ask about a sequel. For a long while, they were all silent. Then a few months ago, Ginny started talking to me. I’m listening, and seeing what she’s seeing. It might be a while. But there is something stirring, anyway.
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