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West of Tomorrow – A Romance of Shifting Truths

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Half an Hour West of Tomorrow

Recently, someone asked me about West of Tomorrow, my first novel. I did what most writers have been told to do, which was to trot out my thirty second elevator pitch. About midway through, he stopped me with the question he really wanted answered, specifically: “will I like it and if so, why?”

It’s the dreaded question every author must face, at some point. Okay, maybe you’ve written a book. A fair response these days is: “so who hasn’t?” There were almost half a million titles released in English, last year. It may even be a good book. But can’t thousands of authors who published last year make the same claim?  To be fair, I think the answer is yes. So. Why should you read West of Tomorrow? I thought you’d never ask…

West of Tomorrow is an intelligent, thought-provoking romance set in our time. It follows nine pivotal months in the life of Clay Conover as he deals with the search for love on the back side of middle age. In the wake of the near-simultaneous disintegration of his love life and career, Clay is confronted with a dwindling set of options and limited time in which to implement them. As happens so often in times of shifting paradigms and great change, he finds himself in position where he must reinvent himself, personally and professionally. On the professional level, he is in no position to retire.

While Clay has savings enough (he hopes) to get through a prolonged unemployment as he searches for a position commensurate with his skills and experience, it’s not inexhaustible. More importantly, he has past he must confront-and come to terms with-before he can move on to the future he would like to create. Along the way, Clay makes deals with some of the disquieting realities of the new millennium and the elusive questions of fulfillment  and how much control we have over outcomes.

Above all, West of Tomorrow it is about finding of the phoenix in all of us when (as happens to most of us) we find ourselves standing on the edge of cliff, half an hour west of a future at once exciting and uncertain.

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  • Dee Maclin
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    I think that a man writing a romance will make it more interesting, as it will be written from a different perspective.

    • Dirk
      Reply

      Hi Dee:

      You can count on that! Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment.

      Best wishes,
      Dirk

  • Justin Walters
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    Ignore all the people asking why a man is writing a romance, it doesn’t matter. I’m sure the book will be great.

    • Dirk
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      Thanks, Justin.

      It’s really more than that, but it is that @ least.

  • Luanne
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    That’s always the problem, huh? Why buy my whatever? I think you answered the question pretty well.

    • Dirk
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      Thanks, Luanne. Does this mean you’re in when it comes out? ;-)

  • Peter
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    It’s true, isn’t it? Uncertainty is both exhilarating and scary.

    • Dirk
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      Well, it’s been true in my experience. Thanks for stopping by, Peter & for taking the time to comment.

  • Debra
    Reply

    A dude writing a romance. Really?

    • Dirk
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      And why not? Can we finally @ long last leave all the gender stereotypes behind? If women can aspire to the Boardroom & venture in to combat (I’m okay with both, by the way) why can men not write about relationships? Just wondering out loud…your thoughts?

      • Debra
        Reply

        Guess I was just wondering what kind of man would?

        • Dirk
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          Is that the right question? What kind of person (man or woman) reads them? Does a question like that have one answer? Just wondering…

  • Mike
    Reply

    Sounds intense.

    • Dirk
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      In some respects. It’s definitely poignant & if you’re paying attention, you’ll find yourself paying attention to things that used to blow by unnoticed before.

  • Nadia
    Reply

    Thought-provoking and romance? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? ;-)

    • Dirk
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      I guess it depends on the writer. Trust me on this…or better yet, DON’T trust me. Buy the book when it comes out & see for yourself.

  • Cheryl
    Reply

    Sounds like a lot of people I know!

    • Dirk
      Reply

      Who does? Clay?

  • Pia
    Reply

    Looking forward to reading it. When does it come out?

    • Dirk
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      I’m shooting for the early fall. It may be ready sooner, but I definitely want it out by then.

  • Jeremy
    Reply

    It’s unusual isn’t it for guys to be writing romances?

    • Dirk
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      It is. Is there another question you’d like to ask? :-)

  • Nanci
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    Never truer words spoken about the future and how we look at it. Well, how I look at it, anyway.

    • Dirk
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      I think mixed emotions about the future is the nagging malady of the 21st Century…if you’re awake, anyway.

      Thanks for stopping by Nanci! Look forward to hearing from you again.
      Dirk

  • Tina
    Reply

    I like the idea of the phoenix in all of us. Cool…think it’s true?

    • Dirk
      Reply

      Welcome back, Tina. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read & comment.

      In answer to your question yes, absolutely. It is trying…not success…that defines us.

  • Darla
    Reply

    Good post. Looking forward to the book.

    • Dirk
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      Thanks, Darla. It will be out this year, when I have finished getting it proofed. I have SO lost perspective on it, by now… ;-)

      Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment.
      Best wishes,
      Dirk

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