I’m so excited to announce the release of my debut novella, Pipelines in Paradise!
This projected started out on a whim. I saw the call for submissions from Dreamspinner Press’s States of Love Series, and I was inspired. The stories I typically write are science fiction and fantasy, so a contemporary romance–set in a state I’ve never even visited–was outside my comfort zone. However, pushing yourself is always a good thing. I was happy to get to work on this story, the characters, the setting, the relationship.
I wanted the main character, Palmer Simpson, to be restarting his life. I was reminded of a quote by the author Haruki Murakami in his short story “Man-Eating Cats.” It goes, “Once you make up your mind to get rid of something, there’s very little you can’t discard. No–not very little. Once you put your mind to it, there’s nothing you can’t get rid of.” I tried to channel this idea into Palmer. He lost everything, and with the absence of that fear, he picked up and moved on.
I enjoy the idea of new beginnings, or second chances. I feel it’s never too late to reevaluate any situation and attack it from a new angle. For Palmer, this manifested into a trip to Hawaii where he tries to reconnect with his childhood dreams of being a surfer.