Publication day for Even the Wind approaches. The Kindle Scout campaign runs for another 12 days so if you haven't nominated yet, you can still vote with your mouse by going to the Kindle Scout campaign page on Amazon.
I'd like to thank all those who've taken the time to consider supporting the book. The marketing has been a lot of fun and I've had some great feedback. I've particularly enjoyed seeing the responses I get on Twitter to the different tweets and keywords used to generate interest. In all, the campaign has been a great success and well worth the effort.
I've been asked a number of times how the idea for Even the Wind and the character of Jonas Brant came about.
It's simple really. I'd always wanted to write a thriller. I grew up on John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Le Carre is a master storyteller. It's no understatement to say he is one of the finest English novelists alive at the moment. Later, when I moved to Japan, I discovered the work of Ian Rankin and his character, John Rebus. I was instantly smitten.
I knew I'd wanted to do something similar to what Rankin had done with Rebus, but where to begin? Last summer I was spending a week in a small cabin by a lake in the Japanese Alps when the idea of murder popped into my head. That's all it took, really. Over the next few months, I wrote what I thought would be a short novella set primarily at a lake and its surroundings. When finished, I passed the manuscript around to a few readers. The response was encouraging, but readers wanted more. They wanted to see the main character -- Jonas Brant -- in his home environment in Boston. So, back to the shop for some fixes and a drastic overhaul of plot. The result is Even the Wind, my first full novel.
Even the Wind is Brant's first outing, but certainly not his last. For the next try, I'm going to turn the clock back to tell the story of the case that came directly before Brant was set on the path that took him to that small cabin by the lake. Next will be another full-length novel. I won't give away much of that tale, but I've already started the research, including a bit of fact-gathering during a recent business trip to Shanghai.
I'm very excited to present Jonas Brant to the world. I hope those who are interested in the book and the character enjoy the story and consider their money well spent. More details on the final release date can be found back here at the blog and on my Twitter feed here.
The release date is tentatively set for Dec. 10, but that may change depending on the results from the Kindle Scout campaign.
I've got a couple more things to say about the new book, including a spoiler-free explanation of the title, but that's going to have to wait for another post.
In the meantime, enjoy whatever you're reading!