It’s still looking like a mid-January release for “Money in the Ground” although I’m told not to be surprised if that changes.
The novel will first be available on this website, and then I’ll slowly get it distributed throughout the U.P., and then I hope to make it available through Amazon and other national distributors.
We’ll see. I sound like I know what I’m talking about, right? Actually, I’ve gotten some help from other authors, including Karl Bohnak (http://www.upweatherhistory.com/), who’s just published his second book, “Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Almanac”. It’s extremely useful and informative, by the way, and I think it’s selling well.
When people ask me what “Money in the Ground” is about, and I tell them mining and the U.P., they automatically assume it has something to do with Kennecott and sulfide mining. Not really. Yes, the whole debate over the Kennecott mine the past several years probably inspired the idea for the novel, but I’m certainly not making a statement about it at all. The dynamic of mining versus environmental concerns just makes for a good novel, I think.
One of the readers of the first draft of the novel also commented that I was not likely to make many friends with the novel. I hadn’t really considered that, but she may be right. Some of the portraits of people, in business and in TV, aren’t particularly flattering, but then, I’m a journalist. When do we ever have nice things to say about anybody, right?
I don’t know. I’m hoping it’ll be a nice mix of idealism and cynicism, which summarizes me pretty well.
I’ll be eager to get some feedback next month.