Welcome Into My Cyber Home!
Welcome to my cozy apartment in bohemian, hippie, mellow Asheville, North Carolina--'The Paris of the South". (F. Scott Fitzerald).
Make yourself cozy while I mix you up a fiery Bloody Mary or pour you a cup of strong, mountain coffee. Our hot summer is coming to an end. It's now mid-August and already the temps are cooling down. Instead of facing sizzling days in the high 80s that never seem to end, our weatheman is now giving us the welcome news that we'll have days of 70s and then hopefully, autumn will bring the wonderful chill breezes and our digging out sweaters and jackets and as the months move on, our heavy coats and caps and gloves.
I live on Kenilworth Mountain, right in the heart of Asheville. My stunning residence is called Kenilworth Inn, a century old former resort that's been converted to striking and cozy apartments.
Am becoming excited about my new book, WILD BOYS OF THE SWAMP, that will be appearing in October, 2018. A talented German artist, David Schmelling is creating the book design and painting the cover. His work is famous for its eerie, stunning colors and evocations of eerie dreams and different worlds. I haven't seen it yet but from his description it will be a stunner.
Am celebrating the 25th anniversary of two of my early books that are still in print: ERIC'S BODY and THE ROPE ABOVE, THE BED BELOW.
Both titles were written under my pen name of 'Jason Fury' and published in 1994 by Masquerade Books in New York . Both were overnight smash hits. There were numerous reprints until 2005, and that's when the Author's Guild of America selected both volumes for inclusion in their prestigious Back-in-Print list of American literary classics.
Once more, the two books became best-sellers to a new generation. The duo first came out in paperback, and then as the Guild's first e-books.
And then in January of this year, Open Road Media brought the rights and ERIC'S BODY and THE ROPE ABOVE THE BED BELOW have been re-issued with a new promotional campaign.
What's ironic, is that both manuscripts were turned down over one hundred times by agents and editors. My two works were considered pornographic in the year 1994 because they depicted men making love to other men.
Luckily, I found a young, driven agent who sent the two titles to Masquerade Books where publisher Richard Kasak immediately grabbed them.
The rest is history.
This could be a lesson to all struggling writers. Keep plugging away and today there are vastly more ways of getting your work published than back in 1992.
I'm completing my new novel, WHITE GODS, which I've worked on for the past two years. I've greatly enjoyed this tale of how a young gay boy survives the Pearl Harbor attack and he witnesses the deaths of his handsome father and his ravishing island boyfriend. I've discovered I don't have to visit the local library for research. I find everything I need on Google, Bing and Youtube where there are many valuable documentaries about that horrible date: December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked our military base in Honolulu that left more than 3,000 military personnel dead.
I hope you enjoyed your drink. On your next visit maybe I can whip you up a more potent cocktail that's popular here in the mountains. It's called moonshine with an added twist of lime.
Until later....we'll have a sip again.