First, a quick note for Dear Reader, Love Author …
Thank you for featuring me on your blog, and for bringing authors together with their readers in such a meaningful and special way. Much gratitude.
Hi! I guess we should probably start there, at hello. I’m Lisa (King), and I wrote the book you’re about to read, Blue Haven (which you’ve probably gathered, since my name’s on the cover and all).
It would be nice to have this conversation in person, but such is life nowadays: digitalized and convenient. That said, in a very personal sense, I want to thank you, thank you, thank you, for choosing me to tell you a story about a woman named Aloe Malone in a place called Blue Haven. I fully intend to guide you through a thrilling and thought-provoking adventure with a few big twists along the way; I hope I live up to your expectations. Authors are nothing without their readers. So, from the bottom of my heart, I’m incredibly lucky to have you.
Since you’re about to spend several hours of your valuable time reading this novel, I do hope you enjoy it. I mean, it only took me thirteen years to finish and all. Regardless, Blue Haven belongs to you now. The entire story and every last character; the good, the bad, the ugly—all yours to imagine and savor, think about critically, or toss in the ol’ dumpster (please recycle, at least). You’re my audience. You call the shots.
As you probably know, Blue Haven is a science-fiction thriller with psychological and speculative components, but it’s also a story about happiness. And in this vein, I saw a meme the other day that really resonated with me. Maybe it will resonate with you, too. Imagine two panels. In the first, there’s a cartoon graphic of a linear hill with a stick figure at the bottom, and a steep incline leading to a high point. Beneath, it reads: What you think happiness is. The second panel—What it really is—depicts a hilly contour with lots of peaks and valleys that gradually, if you take a step back, inclines.
I’ve spent most of my life viewing happiness as a conceptual destination (a lot like that first panel), when really what most of us call happiness probably isn’t “happiness,” in a contentment sense, but some variation of pleasure; and that point entirely aside, neither pleasure or happiness are enduring destinations. In real life, we’re up and down, up and down, up and down, and in the end, hopefully you’re a little higher up than when you started, thanks to growth.
But fiction isn’t real life (or we’d be in a lot of trouble, wouldn’t we?). And what I found myself exploring in Blue Haven—through the lens of sci-fi, with a heap of thriller—is what life might look like if happiness were a destination. Sounds pretty great, right?
Maybe, if not for an aspect of human nature I’ve consistently observed in hindsight: we royally suck at foresight.
I won’t hold you up any longer, but I will say this: I hope Blue Haven entertains you, and I hope it makes you think. And if it does (or if you’re onto my plot trickery, I’m always curious) please reach out. I’d love to hear from you (email@example.com).
Happy reading, and happy day!