Monday, 18 February 2008
Since I've been lurking around the edges of this blog for the last several weeks, and even once posted a comment, it seems a proper introduction is order.
I'm Doug Worgul. My novel, Thin Blue Smoke, is scheduled to be published in February 2009. I'm an American, living in Kansas City — smack dab in the middle of the continental United States. The Kansas City metro area is bisected by the boundary between the states of Kansas and Missouri. The suburb I live in is on the Kansas side. I was born and raised in Michigan. On the U.S map, Michigan is the mitten-shaped peninsula surrounded by the Great Lakes, in the north.
I'm very happily married to Rebecca Sesler and I'm blessed with four lovely daughters.
I'm 54 years old. A few weeks ago I read a review of a first novel in the New York Times Book Review, in which the reviewer noted that the novel's author was 38 years old, which the reviewer said was "a little old for a for a first time novelist." Damn. I was feeling quite ancient until I visited each of the personal Web sites of the other MNW authors. Now I feel a lot better and a lot younger.
Writing Thin Blue Smoke fundamentally altered my understanding of myself. Even if it had never been published, its purpose in my life would have been fulfilled. When the book was accepted by MNW, my life changed yet again. Now I have a sense of calling. I may never make a living as a novelist, but making novels will be the way the way I now live.
Thin Blue Smoke does not fit neatly in any established genre. It's about love & loss, despair & hope, squandered opportunities & second chances, fathers & sons, Black & white, barbecue & the blues, God & whiskey, forgiveness & redemption.
I'm working on a second book, but sometimes I have a sick feeling in my gut that there was only the one in me.
I'm honored to be a member of this group. And I look forward to reading all your books. Whose should I start with?