My first film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su0Q4eyuIzY

This is creativefluxmedia’s lovely film of me reading an extract from my best selling novel The Prairie Companions.

The great novel.
The great novel.

This was recently issued in a revised edition with a new cover and extensive re-writes.

It is my ‘great novel’ and the one I’m most proud of.

 

The big book.

My great literary hero was John Steinbeck and I’ve recently been re-reading the 1994 biography by Jay Parini. (ISBN 0434 574929)

I was struck once again by how Steinbeck’s early family experience influenced him all his life. He was deeply insecure about his work. There is much talk in his letters to friends about writing “the great American novel” or “the big book.”

That started me thinking about the idea of “the great novel”. The big book, the literary striving blood, sweat and tears, heart and soul BIG BOOK!

In this age of mass indi publishing, that idea has become outmoded. Continue reading