Sebastian’s Poet – This is the novel that took me down the rabbit hole the very first time! I wrote this novel in 48 hours, listening to Leonard Cohen on repeat. His song ANTHEM, to be exact. This novel is my first love. My second published novel, but the first one I ever finished. And I actually finished it — or the first version of it — in the 48hr period of my very first Muskoka Novel Marathon. That was an experience that changed my writing life forever! The novel won that year’s (2007) BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD. It’s the story of a lost boy with a bohemian wreck of a father and the poet/folksinger who steps into his life one day to save him. It’s a story of love, resurrection and longing. Like I said, my first love…my first baby. For the rest of JANUARY 2017, you can pick it up at AMAZON for 99 cents. This novel is my homage to Leonard Cohen. You will find, possibly, that the POET Teal Landen is very much like Cohen. I imagine Cohen entering lives and healing them just like I set out to have Landen do in this novel. If you give it a try, I certainly hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Sebastian Nelson is a boy in search of a family. Abandoned by his mother, Sebastian is left with a broken father who doesn’t even seem present when he does show up. Forced to be the main caregiver of his younger brother, Renee, and lost in a sea of indifference, Sebastian only wants to experience the love a real, stable family could afford him.
One morning he discovers the famous folksinger, Teal Landen, asleep on the sofa. Teal’s nurturing nature brings an immediate sense of security into Sebastian’s tumultuous life. But a dark secret looms between Teal and Sebastian’s father of a hidden past. Sebastian is driven to discover their secret, but also he’s aware of how tenuous their hold on Teal really is. He doesn’t want to lose the feeling of home Teal’s presence has brought him.
If Sebastian pushes too hard, he could lose Teal forever. He could be destined to raise his younger brother alone, while witnessing the total decline of his emotionally devastated father. If Sebastian is abandoned by the only healthy influence in his otherwise shaky existence, he will also be forever in the dark about the secret that will reveal so much about his fractured family.
Sebastian’s Poet was the winner of the 2007 Muskoka Novel Marathon’s BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD.
The Reasons was my 2nd kick at the Muskoka Novel Marathon can, and my 2nd BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD winner! I loved writing this book for totally different reasons. I wrote it in first person, but in two different voices…the voice of the suffering child dealing with adult situations over his head, and the voice of his mentally ill mother. They took turns from chapter to chapter. This may have been the most fun I ever had writing a novel. It was the first time I did the full 72 hour novel marathon…and I finished the novel in the 72hrs. It went on to be published and it also received an Editor’s Choice Award with the publisher who originally published it.
I hope you enjoy it, if you choose to pick it up. Each of the two titles are 99 cents for the rest of January. Enjoy!
With a mostly absent father, a deceased older sister, a younger sister on the verge of invisibility, and a certifiably insane mother, Tobias Reason is forced to grow up quickly. Though he tries to be a surrogate parent to his sister, their broken mother, Maggie, takes up a lot of his time. Annabel falls to the wayside and becomes a ghost in their chaotic existence.
When Maggie flippantly hands her mother’s house over to Tobias, he sees an opportunity to learn how and why his family became so shattered. Be careful what you wish for. When his world begins to collapse from the weight of un-buried secrets, he focuses on a stranger from his parents’ past. Only by eliminating the past, he believes, can he make his family whole again.
The Reasons won the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s 2008 BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD.