Archive for May, 2017

Happy publication day!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Pub Day graphic

Today,  One Brother Shy is officially published and hits bookstores across the country. Even though it’s only been about 18 months since Poles Apart was released in October 2015, it feels like a much longer stretch.

This is the sixth time I’ve experienced a “publication day” and you might think I’d be getting accustomed to it by now. Hardly. There’s still a tightness in my gut waiting for the critics’ reviews and readers’ reactions. Compounding the anxiety is the knowledge that this novel is a little different from its predecessors. When I first read the flap copy my publisher drafted for this book, it included a line – and still does – that read “a novel unlike any of his others.” While true to a certain extent, I remember thinking it’s not that different from the rest of my novels. But you, dear readers, will be the ultimate judge, I suppose.

The four different narrators in my other five novels bear a striking resemblance in personality not only to one another, but to me as well. That’s my little writerly secret. I tend to write in my own voice. To be clear, I am not those narrators. There’s very little autobiography masquerading as fiction in those first five novels (though there is some, I concede). But their voices match mine quite closely. My narrators are generally good and kind people and at least want to do the right thing. But they are flawed in various ways. They are often hapless, sometimes helpless, occasionally hopeless, yet decent, thoughtful, and human.

The same can be said about Alex MacAskill, the narrator in One Brother Shy. Yet he not only shares similar human frailties with my earlier narrators, he is actually damaged in a way none of my other principal characters have been. You see, Alex MacAskill was rather severely traumatized at the age of 15 by a humiliating bullying incident ten years before the novel opens. And it has knocked him off his path in life. Now 24, he has still not become the person he was on track to be a decade earlier. In short, I’ve written flawed narrators in the past, but I’ve never written a damaged narrator. That was the challenge I set for myself in One Brother Shy. I’m not certain the distinction warrants the line “a novel unlike any of his others,” but I was trying step a little ways off the path I was comfortable treading in my first five novels. Having said that, I hope readers will find enough humour in the story to make it recognizable as one my novels despite this somewhat darker undertone. While I still think of it as a comic novel, it’s also a story of discovery and recovery. But in literature, as in life,  a fine line separates humour and pathos.

Anyway, One Brother Shy is out there now. I hope you like it.

One Brother Shy: Chapter 13

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Chapter 13 image final

Welcome back to the podcast edition of my sixth novel, One Brother Shy.

In Chapter 13, Alex helps Matt get ready for an important meeting with a mercurial American venture capitalist. Then, circumstances dictate that Alex dust off his acting chops.

Of course, your comments on One Brother Shy are always welcome here on the blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TerryFallis) or send me an email to [email protected]

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.

One Brother Shy: Chapter 12

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Chapter 12 image Final

Welcome back to the podcast edition of my sixth novel, One Brother Shy.

In Chapter 12, Matt and Alex meet their father and we’re finally introduced to Gabriel.

Of course, your comments on One Brother Shy are always welcome here on the blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TerryFallis) or send me an email to [email protected]

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.

One Brother Shy: Chapter 11

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Chapter 11 pic Savoy (Shadow)

Welcome back to the podcast edition of my sixth novel, One Brother Shy.

In Chapter 11, Matt and Alex leave Moscow as the search for their father narrows to London.

Of course, your comments on One Brother Shy are always welcome here on the blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TerryFallis) or send me an email to [email protected]

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.

One Brother Shy: Chapter 10

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Gentle bear vodka (Shadow)

Welcome back to the podcast edition of my sixth novel, One Brother Shy.

In Chapter 10, Matt and Alex, with Dimitri in tow, head to Yaroslavl in search of the man they think just might be their father.

Of course, your comments on One Brother Shy are always welcome here on the blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TerryFallis) or send me an email to [email protected]

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.