Newly published by The Book Motel imprint: Sixty-five works of literary fiction individually written between 2005 and 2009 collected as cohesive serials and novelettes. Underlying themes of poets and poetry, split personality, death and dying, and professional legacy unify the six Books in this volume.
Book I: Invisible Ink – Six micro-fiction pieces featuring an L.A. writer and the pushy producer who hounds him.
Book II: A novelette in six mini-chapters, Paul Newman and the Alabaster Christ is a modern-day tale about the peripheral relationship three disjunctive Angelenos have with Paul Newman: Dr. Miller, a retired psychiatrist who donates his time to the L.A. County Mental Health Services; Emily, a bad poet and ladies’ book club politico; and Poe, a schizophrenic alcoholic living on the streets of Santa Monica.
Book III: Narcissus in L.A. – Eleven flash fiction pieces centered on the most important character to ever exist.
Book IV: Hal’s Incidents – Twelve short-shorts about one hapless guy. Poor Hal, he’s got a heart of gold—but then, so does a hard-boiled egg.
Book V: Writers at the Shore – Each of these seven pieces paints an eerily beautiful picture of a notable writer standing on the brink.
Book VI: Novelette of twenty story-chapters. The protagonists are Ray, an aging and terminally ill poet, and his wife (not his first), Lorraine, residing in Denver, Colorado, after fleeing the Pacific Northwest under suspicious circumstances. Everything Stuck to Him, a play on the title of a Raymond Carver poem, is one-quarter autobiographical and three-quarters loosely based on the life of Raymond Carver.
A pertinent quote from Book I
“I don’t want to write a screenplay. No desire whatsoever.”
“No, you’d rather write words that are not meant to be read. Maybe you should write in invisible ink.”
One selection from each Book previewed here.