Pub date for my novel Ice Fire is near. I’m all nerves and anxious expectation. It feels like child birth. But I’m a man.
I beg the forgiveness of all mothers as I continue with this admittedly inadequate analogy but I’ve got to do something and there’s only one thing on my mind and that’s my book and I’m wondering if people will like it and if they do will they tell me and give me starred reviews and if they don’t will they…
Here’s the simple truth. For me, writing is its own reward. It fills hours that would otherwise be spent on activities not nearly as fulfilling. Productive work is the salvation of mankind, but there are few pursuits in modern life where one is fortunate enough to see the fruits of one’s labors, to feel that tangible sense of self-satisfaction. Musicians and singers have the instant gratification of applause after their performance. Painters see the result of each and every brush stroke. And writers see their words on the computer screen. At the end of each day, the fruits of the writer’s productive labor stare back at him. How many can say that? I am among the most fortunate of men.
The bound copy of my new novel sits on my desk. It is the result of days, hours and months of labor, sometimes frustration, but each day was its own reward and now the sum of those days and weeks I can hold in my hand. Like a child that has been nurtured at home, I am about to send it out into the world. It is not naked or helpless as a newborn. It has been prepared for this day with loving attention by a cadre of care-givers; publishers, editors, graphic artists, sales and marketing experts. We all stand crowded in the doorway watching and waving as our young protoge walks away, then turns and smiles at us. We’ve done our best to prepare our charge for what lies ahead.
Blessings on thee, little book.
Go forth, make friends and have a good life.
Ice Fire, a thriller by David Lyons is published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books, a division of Simon and Schuster and will be available in hardcover, ebook and audio book on May 1, 2012. Available at your favorite bookseller.