I couldn’t have asked for better parents, nor could I have asked for a better place to grow up in Glastonbury, CT. With that in mind, I have dedicated my latest book, Spiritual Intervention, to the circle of family, friends and neighbors:
Dedication: This book is dedicated to the characters of my childhood on and around Arrowhead Drive in Glastonbury, CT. There’s no place like home.
In doing so, I thought it would be groovy to borrow the last name of some of these people to use for my characters in this latest book. Beware Arrowhead Drive and G’bury folks. I may have targeted you!
Today I met with the Manager at the Campus Bookstore at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT and we worked out a book signing for November 12th from 12PM to 3PM. I attended MCC from 1984-1986 and received an Associates degree in Communications before transferring to UCONN in Storrs, CT for my English degree (they did not have Bacon Jalapeno Mac ‘n Cheese back then). The bookstore manager will set me up either in the book store or outside of it and may try to get a musician to play along during this event. Looking forward to this signing, which comes about two months prior to the release of my third book, Wayward Soul. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello.
When Carter Spence and Brenda Raycroft visit a Psychic named Angie, their reading turns tragic upon touch as Angie suffers convulsions and frantically runs into the street and gets hit by a car. Why did she react that way? Their fate is sealed in a coma, so they must use any means possible to reach Angie in the spirit world as they dodge deadly complications in an attempt for answers.
This eerie sequel to Desert Son occurs four years after Carter and Brenda discover that they are a couple reunited beyond the grave in Boulder, Colorado. Carter and Brenda race against time as they need to get this information before Angie dies and takes the reading with her. They decide to share the house with tenants to help with the bills. It’s a family of four with mysterious four-year-old twin boys. When the spirit of old man Martin returns to haunt them, Carter and Brenda must block his spirit from their world and try to prevent him from tampering with the body of Angie. The spirit world becomes intertwined with their own once again as they attempt to tap into Angie’s secrets to uncover disturbing truths about their fate.
Glenn Maynard is the author of “Strapped Into An American Dream” which details his one-year journey through the 48 continental states, Canada and Mexico in an RV. He was a travel correspondent for three newspapers during his travels. He is also the author of “Desert Son”, which is a fiction book that involves out-of-body, past-life-regression hypnosis and reincarnation.
Yesterday, I received a publishing contract for my fiction book, Wayward Soul, which is a sequel to Desert Son. This will be my third published book and second book of a trilogy. I received great reviews on Desert Son and will have a ready-made list of reviewers for this new book. Desert Son was very planned out right down to the scenes. Wayward Soul was less rigid as far as the outline was concerned. The book that I am currently writing is even more lax with the outline. I find that by easing the reins of the outline a bit more, I am flailing wildly as I chug along, allowing the keyboard to take me to places I didn’t plan to go. There are many ways to skin a cat, but my current skin has a mind of its own. I am one-third of the way through this long ride, and can’t wait to see where it takes me. It’s going to be a wild journey while I complete this trilogy, but now that I have a publishing deal for book two of the trilogy, I can focus more on book three. It’s like being strapped into an American dream. Thanks to my publisher, Black Rose Writing.
With two books published and a third looking for a home, I have put together an outline for what will be my fourth book, which will be the third book of a trilogy. “Desert Son” is the title of the first book of the series, and the second book is tentatively entitled “Wayward Soul.” It’s very difficult for author’s not named Stephen King to sell a lot of books. There were over 300,000 books published in the United States alone in 2014, and over one million worldwide. The competition is overwhelming, but the advice I take away from the experts is to just write…write more books. If you have a series and book one catches on, then the sequels would likely be purchased. One can hope. So instead of sitting on my hands and thinking of the lottery-like odds of book one catching on, I tighten my seat belt and prepare for another campaign of writing, which contains a weekly quota of 5000 words per week. I set this quota as my goal for “Wayward Soul” and did not miss a beat, completing the first draft of my 88,000-word manuscript in just over four months. It is a great undertaking, but broken into 5000 words per week makes a 100,000 word goal less grueling. The first draft would be completed in just five months. There will be many more months of editing before it is ready to submit to an agent or publisher, but that’s all part of the process. You have to really enjoy writing! I also prefer the route of the traditional publisher as it is confirmation that I have something to offer from a professional standpoint and a stamp of approval. I wouldn’t feel that way by self-publishing. Either way, it’s a lot of work and you really have to enjoy it. Boy do I ever, and love the creative process. Stephen King…you a great and I love your books, but DAMN YOU!