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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

TRACKS in Operation

It’s official. TRACKS, my novel in stories, is now in operation. Chapter one is available for to read and rate in the Gather First Chapters Writing Competition. It only takes a minute to register; then you can read an excerpt from TRACKS and give it the rating you believe it deserves.

The Gather First Chapters Writing Competition is has been dubbed "American Idol for writers" by The New York Times. The winning entry will be published by Simon and Schuster.

Tracks, my novel in stories, takes place on an Amtrak train traveling from Baltimore to Chicago. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a passenger on the train.

The chapters stand alone as stories, but they become stronger when linked together. A secondary character in one chapter becomes the main character in another. Some stories offer new insights on others. The stories look at the decisions each character faces and how those decisions, as well as each character's interactions with the other passengers, alter the path ahead and cast past experiences and choices in a new light.

Although entirely unique, Tracks is similar in nature to Joan Silber's National Book Award finalist Ideas of Heaven: a ring of stories.

Chapter one, “Reset,” Opens with Gene Silverman, a recurring character who has learned to restart his life when he needs to. Before the novel ends, he’ll need to reset a new course once more. But don’t expect to see him as a main character in chapter two, “A Good Beer Needs a Good Stein.” You may notice him in the background, but you’ll have to see me through to chapter three to focus on him again -- through another set of eyes.

Hop aboard! Visit the link to read and rate Chapter one of Tracks! Sit back and enjoy the ride.



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