I understand you are considering my book as your next reading project. Choosing a book to read is a big decision these days. With over four hundred books being published every day, it is impossible to read even a minor fraction of what’s available. That means you must be selective and try to choose books that will deliver a few hours of enjoyment in exchange for a reasonable number of dollars.
It is reasonable for you to ask the question, “Why should I choose your book over the rest?” I can’t tell you my book is better than the other four hundred that were published the same day because I haven’t read them. I can say with confidence that my book is an enjoyable read. I can say that because I’ve heard those words from many people who have already read it. My book will also introduce you to some very likable characters, and some not so likable ones. That of course is by design.
I’ve intended to write my first novel for over forty years now. Which means I’ve had a long time to think about it. Why did it take forty years for me to do it? Fair question, but there’s no easy answer. The best I can offer is to say life had other plans for me. Maybe in some ways, it was for the best. I have no doubt I am a better writer today than I would have been forty years ago. I bring all the interesting experiences I’ve had in those forty years to my writing.
You may rightly ask, “What kind of book is Half Moon Lake?” I’ll try to answer that without resorting to a typical book cover synopsis. Think of someone you’ve known in your life who appeared to have everything going for them. Talent, fame, money, and opportunities knocking down their door. Now imagine how they would respond if fate suddenly intervened and made it all seem pointless. How would you respond if it were you? That scenario lays the foundation for Half Moon Lake. After that is when bad things happen. 😊
If you are still reading this letter, I’m assuming you’re still deciding whether or not to read the book. I can tell you I wrote Half Moon Lake with the intention of making you laugh sometimes and cry sometimes. Simmer with frustration and smile with satisfaction. That’s a lot to ask from a simple novel, but if you find that it actually delivers, maybe it was worth the forty-year wait.