You see, there has been this recurring descriptive detail in my sequel to The MoonQuest that has never felt right, no matter how much I have tinkered with it; and I have tinkered with it...in every draft since I began the first in (gulp) 1998! Suddenly, though, one throwaway phrase in McIntosh's thriller offered up a simple solution to my elusive problem!
Perhaps that's why The StarQuest told me soon after that it's finally time to release it...as soon as I make the appropriate alterations, of course. (Yes, I talk to my books; why wouldn't I, when they know their story far better than I ever will!)
I'm still grateful to Dorothy McIntosh and will be certain to tell her so when she's on The Electric Muse with Mark David Gerson in a few weeks. For now, though, I'll be spending the next while prepping The StarQuest for publication.
My goal? A July 9 release, to coincide with the 16th anniversary of my "accidental" arrival in the U.S. (a story I share, along with many others, in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir ). And as July 9 is a Tuesday, the day The Electric Muse with Mark David Gerson airs, I've recruited author/singer/songwriter Amy Robbins Wilson and asked her to interview me on that show -- a show all about The MoonQuest, The StarQuest and The Q'ntana Trilogy books and movies.
What about The SunQuest? Well, if Amy asks during the show, I'll tell her that I aim to get this final Q'ntana installment out before the end of the year: on my birthday, October 3. That means that by the end of 2013, the 19-and-a-half-year-long literary odyssey that began in March 1994 with The MoonQuest book will have come to an end. To quote Charity in the musical Sweet Charity, "All I can say is WOW!!" What a journey!
The StarQuest will be available on July 9 in the Kindle, Nook, iBook, Kobo and Google Play stores, where you can also find The MoonQuest, a multiple award-winner and on its way to the big screen. The MoonQuest is also available in paperback at Amazon.com.
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