My fifth book would start with a character. I didn't know how old, what race or sex, rich or poor. Nothing. All I knew was the universe would show me that character in due time. So, I looked around and kept looking and didn't see the character. Until Labor Day, 2021, when Jody and I decided to go out for dinner. All the restaurants were closed so we ended up at the Fort Wayne Truck Plaza restaurant. And there she was. A tall, young woman waiting tables, glowing in the dark even though all the lights were on. I didn't talk to her or even watch her closely for very long. But I knew she was the one. Her name is now Muriel, but she goes by Murray. Her father died two years ago but not before he taught her how to drive an 18-wheel rig. I'm now 26,000 words into the book and, I swear, she talks to me, first thing in the morning, as I'm waking, and tells me where her story should go next.
During the 1970s on a magic mushroom harvesting adventure in the Bayou, a young, aspiring rock and roll musician discovers the voice of Voodoo, which not only alters his life, but the life of his band, the Divebomberz.
When the band is on the verge of making it big, tragedy strikes and Jesse is confronted with the hard truth that life is often a spiritual obstacle course designed to see if you can get over yourself.
A book for rock and rollers of all ages and for restless souls who have chased a dream only to discover that what they really needed was with them all along.
The signing and reading will be part of the Spring Splendor Art Show at Castle Gallery Fine Art, Friday, April 5, 5-10 p.m. Here's the fun part: the book is based on real people from 40 years ago, and four characters from the book will be at the reading. Butch, the guitar player is coming in from Laporte; Paul, the banjo player, from Roanoke; Casey, the law student, now retired attorney Robert Brown Wright, will be there; and Amy, my wife Jody, will attend but will not speak under any circumstances.
The Advanced Reading Copy of Rock and Roll Voodoo arrived. Nothing beats reading your own book for the first time. Thank you, BQB Publishing!
BQB Publishing has picked up Honey and Leonard for re-release in November of 2019. An excerpt from Honey and Leonard will appear in the back of Rock and Roll Voodoo, scheduled for release in Spring of 2019. Honey and Leonard will be re-edited and re-covered as part of BQB's process. My secret plan is to add scenes and story lines to the book. You know what they say about editing: That which does not kill me makes me a better book.