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).
It's been snowing non-stop here in this beautiful mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina for the past two days.
Somewhere out there is my car, buried beneath several feet of snow, but I don't plan on going anywhere right now. I've made several trips to the grocery stores and have my pantry well stocked with enough food for the next two weeks
My biggest fear, shared by everyone who lives in this mountainous town, is the loss of power. In addition to being able to drive--but the two main roads to my residence in Kenilworth Inn are closed until further notice. So anyway...
Make yourself comfortable while I mix you up a fiery Bloody Mary or pour you a cup of strong, mountain coffee. I have the heat turned on. I've arranged a stack of my all-time favorite scary movies that I'm watching each night while sipping some cold wine and snuggling beneath my electric blanket--as the cold winds howl outside my second floor winow.
It's even better when it rains and I can hear it falling on the metal roof outside. Tonight, I'm watching "The Mummy's Ghost," "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman' and "Alien."
Am excited about the publication this weekend of my new novel, WILD BOYS OF THE SWAMP, written under my pen name of JASON FURY. My German artist, David Schmelling, came through with a stunning book design and a brilliant cover and back-cover. I told him I wanted a dramatic cover that was over the top and would stand out to would-be readers. Now the hard part, of trying to find newspapers and magazines that can plug it--but unfortunately, the local newspaper, The Asheville Citizen-Times, no longer reviews books. Will keep you posted on my book's progress.
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.