Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Dog days

The end of summer is fast approaching. Did you find a happy balance between writing and social/family time?
Any humorous/interesting/exciting tales to share from your summer? What are your writing and publicity plans for the fall?

by Dietrich

It’s always about a happy balance. Naturally, I want to get outside in the nice weather as much as possible and work on my writer’s tan. So, I use the mornings to write and the afternoons to play outside. There’s nothing like going for a long walk along the seawall or through the woods in the summertime, sitting under a shade tree or lying in a hammock with a good book and a cold drink. The evenings are a good time for family, friends and socializing.


On my walks, I’ve had the good fortune to watch a pair of eagles nesting near my home. I never get tired of hearing their calls and seeing the adults fly to the nest.


I’ve also been working on a draft for a new novel. It’s still in the early stages, and I’m still playing around with some key details. All I can say so far is this one takes place in my own backyard, and it’s set in present-day Vancouver and involves an old man, a young kid, some sketchy characters, along with one killer motor home.


For publicity plans, I’ve got a new book coming out this fall. Call Down the Thunder will be released October 15th by ECW Press, and I’ve been putting together a book tour around its launch, in other words I’ll be following the sun down the coast to California. They’ve got some of the best beaches in the world and some of the best book stores to boot. There will also be a blog tour just ahead of the release. If you’re interested there will be more info on my website.

Okay, now that I’ve stirred your interest, here’s the elevator pitch: Sonny and Clara Myers struggle on their Kansas farm in the late 1930s, a time the Lord gave up on. The land’s gone dry, barren and worthless. And the bankers, greedy and hungry, make life even more impossible, squeezing farmers out of their homes. The couple can wither along with the land, or surrender to the bankers and hightail it to California like most of the other farmers. But Sonny comes up with a way for them to stay on their land and prosper while giving the banks a taste of their own misery.

6 comments:

Paul D. Marks said...

Dieter, it sounds like you have a perfect balance of things for your summer days. And I wish I had a sea wall to walk along...

Dietrich Kalteis said...

Thanks, Paul.

Brenda Chapman said...

That drive down the coast to California sounds like a fine idea. Your summer writing/social schedule is idyllic too.

Dietrich Kalteis said...

Thanks, Brenda.

Susan C Shea said...

Dietrich, is the new book a crime novel? It sounds intriguing and timely. I am afraid your trip this time won't coincide with me being around to cheer you on but I wish for you great success!

Dietrich Kalteis said...

Thanks, Susan. Sorry I'll miss you this time. And yes, the new one is a crime novel set in Kansas in 1939.