Welcome to my blog. Initially, this is all about the steps a newbie author takes in getting his first novel published. Later, I hope this blog turns into a description of what happens when you become a published author.
The work so far has been not only challenging but has given me quite an education.
Working with Saint Pete Press, I am finalizing arrangements for publishing ‘Church of Golf,’ my first novel. Target date for availability of the book, both in hard copy and e-versions, is October 15, 2014.
Dust Jacket Blurb about ‘Church of Golf‘:
Donald O. Gibson screwed the pooch on what should have been a sweet life. Donald and his fabulous blond hair found fame and success too easy and too early. He starred as a football player for the University of Maryland and brought his alma mater its first national championship. Out of college, he prospered as a celebrity salesman. Women came to his Ford showroom and lingered. Men idolized him. But he took his good fortune for granted and it all went to hell. By his mid-forties, he’s deep in debt, drunk, lumpy around the middle and sucking for air.
Donald makes a life-changing choice when the aunt who raised him dies and leaves him a unique bequest: he can have her fortune and her house on Lanai, the smallest of the occupied Hawaiian islands, but only if he remains on the island for three years. He moves into what he thinks is a community of religious kooks and discovers that golf, his passion, is the village religion. For Donald, the way back looks like a tap-in putt. It turns out to be a slippery, downhill four-footer that runs thirty yards past the hole. Donald resigns himself to years of involuntary quietude and is befriended by villagers from all along the spectrum of oddity. King Kalakaua goose steps about the village golf course, believing he is descended from Hawaiian royalty and is the rightful ruler of the island. Fundamentalist Wendy Walker preaches that God gave his only son so that Christians could chip and putt like champions. Ramona is a naive teen who can drive a ball two-hundred and sixty yards and, unlike most of the villagers, plays with competitive heat. And there is Bobby Joe Fu, a Chinese-North Carolinian, former seminarian and failed touring pro – the village’s spiritual leader – who makes Donald’s rehabilitation his personal mission.
Church of Golf touches on themes every golfer will recognize: failure, hope, struggle and redemption. It also affirms what every golfer knows to be true: Learning to golf well is learning to live humbly.