Train to Nowhere, the Print Version

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Here it is!  See the print edition on Amazon or any other bookstore.  Now you can hold the book in your hands.  Of course the e-book is also available, spruced up with this new cover and corrected innards.  Check it out.


The Next Big Thing

What is it?  A game that helps writers promote their next book.  We are each tagged with 10 questions to answer on our site.  Sometime around January 13, I was tagged by L.M. Steel, from the UK.  She wrote the gripping novel, Judged by Your Peers, a story of Secrecy, Deceit and Friendship.  “Everyone has their secrets.”  To learn more, go to:

Here are my answers:

Finnegan's_Quest_Cover_for_Kindle1. What is the working title of your next book?

Finnegan’s Quest.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Several years ago, a friend and I had a zine, which contained articles, stories, poetry, and art.  I wrote a commentary called Fox n Crow wherein these two critters talked about people’s foibles.  It was popular enough that when we closed the zine, people suggested I collect these commentaries into a book and publish it.  Instead, I named these two characters and created a plot based on these commentaries.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a metaphorical fantasy.

4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A guru-seeking fox faces danger when he befriends a crow reputed to have an evil foot.

5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Finnegan’s Quest is soon to appear in paperback, self published.  Look for it first at

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About three months.  I needed to tie these commentaries into a plot, which meant deleting some and writing others.  Quite a challenge, but the results were exciting.

7. If your book was made into a film, which actors would you cast as your characters?

I’d like characters taken from real animals and computer enhanced, so they don’t look cartoonish.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Animal books for grownups or young adults, which are metaphorical fantasies:

Animal Farm, by George Orwell, politics.

Jonathon Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach, a spiritual quest.

Bambi, by Felix Salten, not Walt Disney, spiritual philosophy.

Watership Down, by Richard Adams, survival.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The request by others to collect my Fox n Crow commentaries into a book.  I wanted to do better than that.

10. What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

This is the type of book that invites repeated reading, by young and old who love nature and animals or by those who are concerned about and laugh at our commercial and social foibles.  An early reader mentioned that this book could become a cult classic.  Well, who knows?

The following are five authors of various genres whom I have tagged.  Visit their websites, and when they are ready, they will tell you about their Next Big Thing:

*Laura Libricz has a passion for lifting weights and reading German literature.

Her book: The Master and the Maid.  Historical fiction, Renaissance Period.

Katarina is forced into the service of the rich patrician Sebald Tucher in order to pay off her debts. Once arriving in his country manor, the care of a mysterious newborn baby is thrust on her and she becomes involved in a violent religious clash between two families.

*Donna Cook.  Her book was nominated for the 2012 Whitney Award. 

Her book: Gift of the Phoenix.  Fantasy  

A nation’s fate rests in the hands of three strangers, thrust together by their common destiny to protect the Phoenix, and their world, from destruction.

*Elizabeth Rose is majoring in English and religious studies in Denver, Colorado.  As Amber Koneval, her real name, she is a published poet.

Her book: ‘Till the Last Petal Falls  Woman’s Fiction

A dark twist on a beloved fairy tale.

*Louise West teaches in rural Lincolnshire and walks along the beach with her faithful terriers.

Her book: The Hungry-Man  Creepy Supernatural

The next time your dog tries to warn you about something you can’t sense, pay attention

*Lisa Y. Potocar is a prize winner with glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly.

Her book: Sweet Glory  historical novel

16-year-old Jana Brady trims her auburn tresses and rides off as Union Cavalryman Johnnie to fight as a soldier, nurse, and spy in the American Civil War.

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