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. It's October, 2018, but you'd never know it. Temps have been in the high 80's since August. My beautiful fall and cold-weather clothes are useless. They're still hanging there, waiting to be worn.
It's been a tough summer for me--health wise. My shortness of breath had become increasingly acute until my cardiologist recommended having a stent placed in my chest cavity and then embark on a radical 'heart healthy" path to better health. So, I've become a vegan and have joined an ambitious cardiology planned program devoted to building up my cardio system. It's curiously fascinating to try out this dramatic change of living and eating.
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 November, 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 bizarre 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.