I have finished editing ONE BY ONE. It is done, and the novel I began writing just over one year ago is slated to go live on Amazon this Sunday. I can’t tell you how excited I am: I had to dig deep to write this novel, and channeled so much personal pain into it that I almost feel reluctant to publish.
Here is the back copy:
For Peter, the end of civilization begins quietly with the disappearance of his mother. At the police station he learns that thousands of others have gone mysteriously missing overnight, and that tens of millions more are vanishing daily across the globe. Without explanation humanity finds itself facing its final year on the planet, and it is only then that Peter falls in love.
Her name is Sophia, and though both are haunted by loss they find in each other a passion that is as real as it is worth fighting for. As the government buckles and then collapses, as the darkest registers of human nature are sounded and a brutal demagogue rises to lead a reign of terror, they strive to find meaning and purpose in a world that is bereft of all certainties but one: that they too are fated to disappear.
The idea for this novel came to me one night as I drove through the banking district of Miami. It was completely deserted. No cars passed mine on the street, no people walked along the pavement, and as I passed each skyscraper I peered into their lobbies and saw nobody within. Just glittering steel and gleaming expanses of marble. Silence and complete stillness as if the population of the city had simply vanished altogether.
As I drove home, that thought, that image, stayed with me. My mother had but recently passed away, and death and all its consequences weighed heavily on my heart and mind.
So I asked myself: what if we were all to disappear? What if slowly and for no discernible reason the human race were to begin vanishing? How would we react? How would we deal with the overwhelming loss of having everybody we knew and loved taken away from us? For how long would we remain civilized before the social contract was broken? I imagined a long, torturous year during which millions vanished globally each night, the government collapsed, electricity was cut off, food became ever scarcer, and the rule of law came to an end.
And I asked: what if during this madness, this final year, you were to meet your one true love? Would you dare follow your heart? Would you risk having it broken, knowing that at literally any moment your love could disappear?
Through the writing of this novel I came to terms with what it means for somebody you truly love to leave your life forever. I won’t say I found catharsis, nor any easy answers, but in the exploration I sounded the depths of my pain and found some measure of perspective on my loss.
ONE BY ONE is slated to be published on Amazon this Sunday, on 3/25/12. I would greatly appreciate your spreading the word.