True Confessions!

I’m going to make a confession. And, when I do you are going to think that I am stupid (that’s debatable) or nuts (which is certifiable). But, if you are a writer, or just a good reader, you might understand.

I just finished the final rewrite on my next novel, “September Song” which will be available on Amazon the last week of May. So, there I am down to the last chapter and pecking away at the keys. And then I get to the last three pages – and tears start welling up in my eyes. I’m rooting for the guy in the book as if I didn’t know how the story ends! So they are not tears of sadness, but tears of gladness. Now, I WROTE ALL THE WORDS IN THAT BOOK. The only people in the world who know how the story ends are my wife, my editor and me. But, there I am getting all emotional about it, looking at the words (which I wrote) on my screen.

On the face of it, that does seem stupid, doesn’t it? But, if you think about it, I’ve lived with those characters for a whole year. I’ve been through every trial and tribulation with them. They are REAL people to me. So, even though I wrote the ending of that book (an rewrote it a couple of times) it was still climatic to me. It was almost as if I was reading something written by some other author.

I’m not sure how the public will take to this novel. I’ve been writing a series of action/adventure novels and readers like for an author to “do the same thing, only different.” That’s why James Patterson is so popular. So why wouldn’t I do that and have a sure-fire seller? Somebody once asked Stephen King why he wrote the kind of books he did, and his answer was, “Why do you assume that I have a choice?” Yes, writers are people and we have to grow and try new things. This is the most ambitious task I’ve undertaken and it’s not like anything I have published before. It is a book all about people, their failures and their victories. It’s also the biggest book I’ve written at about 335-340 pages. So, when it becomes available on Amazon you can read the first 10% (30 pages or so) just by looking at it. If you like it enough to purchase it, I’d like to know your opinion of it–and if you cry at the ending.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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