Last night, I received a proof copy of my debut novel, Last Chance California.
It felt like a dream come true when I opened the package and saw my book.
Something I wrote.
It still doesn’t feel real. I wish I could write more about what this means to me, but I’ve been locked in my basement for two years living like a hermit writing this thing, and quite frankly, I’m sick of it.
But only partially.
My whole life I’ve always wanted to write a book.
I still have some old ones I wrote as kid.
None are longer than twenty pages.
I didn’t have the attention span.
I still don’t.
It’s why I’m so impressed with myself.
It’s an overwhelming feeling right now.
Holding Last Chance California for the first time might have been the proudest moment of my life.
All the hardwork condensed into 361 pages.
You know, it was a similiar feeling to college graduation.
Got my ass kicked for a few years.
Drank way too much.
Then got handed a piece of paper and debt for my efforts.
This feeling is similiar.
I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of holding a book I wrote.
But I’ve never felt anything quite like it.
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Last Chance California
Last Chance California highlights the lasting effects of child abuse through the eyes of a deeply flawed, heartbroken, and cynical millennial as he tries to overcome the burden of his violent early years by chasing his American Dream.
After abruptly breaking up with his fiancé, Wyatt Lewis, ditches everything he’s ever known to chase the only thing he’s ever wanted – a fresh start in California. Wyatt struggles to find a way to the West Coast, but eventually finds himself in San Diego, where he reconnects with a long-time friend, Summer Harrison, who introduces him to the elusive and free-spirited, Leah Murphy.
In Southern California, Wyatt’s life transforms into an endless summer filled with lust, overpriced cocktails, fake glamour and egregious drug use. But Wyatt quickly realizes there’s not enough booze, drugs, or women to drown his sorrows.
Not even in paradise.
Burning out, alone, and filled with regret, the aspiring writer spirals down a self-destructive path that forces him to confront the past he ran away to California to forget.
Literary Fiction/Urban Fiction/Satire/Dark Humor