I am reading my thesis advisee J Patrick Redmond’s Stony Brook MFA thesis, a novel called FEEDING THE CHRISTIANS. The novel is set in Indiana, right across the river from where my dad grew up in southern Illinois. I am editing as I go, because I am going to publish this book. All it needs is a little reordering, a little more time spent on parts that Patrick rushed in order to get the thesis finished.
I keep thinking how proud and thrilled my dad would be that writers of this caliber are flourishing in his part of the world. A part of the world, I might add, that is not particularly fond of facing the truth, or emotion, or the darker side of humanity. I think this book is going to blow the socks off the neighbors.
Patrick has committed to donating a percentage of the proceeds to foundations that help high school kids deal with bullying, and ostracism due to their sexual preference, or simply being labeled as “different”.
I think I’m finally doing what I was always meant to do. My new imprint will help emerging writers realize their dreams. Thank you, Akashic Books, for this amazing opportunity.
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