Walking the Earth
• October 27, 2016/Belgrade Lakes, Maine •
I’m back home after a few days walking the earth. I was in New York earlier this week talking to reviewers, bloggers, and media folks in what they call a “pre-heat” for my spring novel, LONG BLACK VEIL. This story of suspense, disappearance, murder, and changing identities begins in 1980, where six friends from college are goofing around inside Philadelphia’s abandoned and ruined Eastern State Penitentiary. Things get ugly when they accidentally get locked in– and also find that behind those walls they are not alone. The day ends in a disappearance, and a presumed murder. That’s chapter one.
I love the cover, which shows a defaced John the Baptist by Leonardo. John the B is a transfigured soul, male and female, earthly and heaven bound. Wait, did I say transfigured? I love that people will look at the cover and think,
Say, is that a man or a woman? And I go, Hmmmm…
My publishers (whom I will always think of as Random Penguins) invented a cocktail for the book party, the Long Blackberry Veil. I also got to see my editor, Lindsay Sagnette
(also the editor of Gone Girl, among other books) and my publicist, Rachel Rokicki, who has worked on every single one of my books since She’s Not There.
After 3 days in the city I flew to Portland ME for a reading at Longfellow Books for the Bitch is Back anthology. I got momentarily teary at the podium, the way I do. Then I jumped in the car and drove the hour and a half home, where I found the dogs asleep and my wife Deirdre Grace awake. I ate chili in bed and watched the last two innings of the World Series.
The colors of autumn are on the fade up here. But deep within my heart there dwells an invincible summer. What about you? How are you doing? Are you all right? Won’t you be glad when the election is over?