The book launch for Coney Island Siren is almost here and you’re invited. If you’re anywhere near the Nuyorican Poets Café on the lower east side of Manhattan on June 12 from 6-8pm I’d love to see you. In fact, in New York, with its plentiful trains, boats, cabs, and buses, there is no way that you’re not close by.
If you can’t get there or prefer Brooklyn, I’ll be reading at Café con Libros Bookstore on Prospect Place off Rogers Avenue on June 14 from 6-8pm. It will be first come first served so come early for a seat!
I don’t think that I posted about my two previous book launches before the fact. I might have written something up afterward. I struggle being a true introvert that loves to sit in my cave using my writing implements and going into the light of day in that extroverted sort of way. A co-worker was shocked when I recently told her that I was an introvert. I’ve got a few people fooled I think!
The book. Coney Island Siren. I am surprised at how much I love how it turned out. It’s different than my first two novels. It should be, shouldn’t it? It’s an entirely different story. The characters started talking to me several years ago. First it was Maggie. A nurse. That’s familiar to me. She started by getting entirely zoned into the beach with it’s blue sky and waters at Coney Island. I thought to myself, I love this as I’ve loved the beach all of my life. But then her boyfriend, Frank, started talking and I thought, oh no, not exactly who I want to listen to! But I kept listening and began writing. They’re an insistent couple. They wanted their story told. But then, a few months later, I began hearing another character. Two protagonists! Say what! This one, Ellen, was a young woman who began describing her life through journal entries.
I have to admit that in the past I haven’t particularly cared for journal entries in or letters in novels. I’ve usually read through them quickly to get to the meat of the story. Well, they are the meat of the story. I apologize to any authors that I might have done that to! In this novel, Ellen writes in her journal and is proficient at poetry. I don’t think I could ever write that type of poetry. It’s lyrical and on point in describing the circumstances and her profound feelings. I’m glad Ellen came through!
Well, these characters are in turmoil and intertwined. Somehow, the image of the ouroboros comes to me when I think of Maggie and Frank. The ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake or serpent eating its own tail, signifying infinity and the cycle of birth and death. Frank and Maggie devour each other in all ways. The relationship is scary, yet intoxicating.
I’ve warned my adult children that the book is sizzling! They don’t care, they said. They’ve separated me from being an author to being their mom a long time ago! It’s about time I’ve caught up. But still, I’d love for you to catch up. With me. I hope to see you at the launch or reading. It would be great if you rsvp’d the Eventbrite on this page (over on your right). I’d like to have enough tasty goodies.
I’m sure that I’ll be writing about this again. I’m so excited!
If you can’t get to the launches, you can pre-order at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com but I hope to see you there!