I’m so happy to see readers enjoying my latest novel, The Path of Rainwater:
Old Man Rainwater walks very real Southern roads, but he takes you to mysterious places. The characters will compel you to read their stories–still, you will find yourself pausing to ponder the larger thoughts that float behind them. Take your time–reading Larry Weill’s work is worth it.
–Rhonda V. Wilcox, editor of Slayage
The Path of Rainwater is out! Available wherever you buy your books. The Path of Rainwater reveals a modern America that Huck might recognize—brutal, cruel, and sometimes kind—as Rainwater, an aging drifter, tries hard to leave as little trace of himself as he can. Fear and guilt drove Rainwater away from family and home years ago. His travels since have been like that of nature’s rainwater: always seeking the easiest course, always moving downward under the power of fateful gravity. Now he spends his days looking for a place to sleep, a meal to eat and a reason to go on. A man is more than a culmination of his past, though, and Rainwater knows that he has the power to change his course. But will he? #novel#fiction#picaresque#literary#regionalfiction
I am very pleased to announce my short story “Doom’s Chapel” has been accepted for publication in the fall edition of the literary journal October Hill Magazine. I will post further details on how to get a copy when it is available.
I see that my second book, Incarnate, has sold out on Amazon. Since the publisher no longer publishes fiction and my book is out of print, does that make my few remaining copies collector’s items? The ones Amazon lists as for sale from third-party sellers are all above the cover price.
I do have copies for the LaGrange Kentucky Authors’ Fair Saturday April 29th.
I have just finished writing my latest novel The Path of Rainwater. It is the narrative of a drifter and the people he meets as he travels around the country. The story is about motivations and decisions and, ultimately, about the concept of freedom.
There are several steps to writing a novel, starting with the ideation, then to the writing, then revisions, then more revisions, then proofreading, etc. After all of that comes the business side of writing: finding the proper home for the manuscript to be published (and there is a great deal of work in that) and then working with the publisher to encourage readership. I am excited to be finished with the first steps. Now comes the business of writing.
As a child, Allen was like most other American boys, playing baseball and fantasizing about the major leagues. The one crucial ingredient missing: talent. The discovery of the opposite sex explodes the ballgame and he quickly foresakes his homerun heavy hitter hopes and focuses all his energy to become the focus of the pretty girls and the popular kids. Despite his efforts to stick out, he remains invisible. Failing in his attempts to garner the attention of the most popular girl in school, or, for that matter, of pretty much anyone in his school, Allen decides the best method for becoming visible is to become a college student, certain that his erudition, average though it may be, and his choice of adopting a Bohemian lifestyle will allow him to stand out from the hordes of other above average, carefully non-conformist young people attending college. Unfortunately, Allen Johnson remains anonymous. When Allen is in his mid-twenties, he discovers one day that he has become the very antithesis of what he hoped to be. He works in a non-descript cubicle, lives in a tiny house in a subdivision of identical tiny houses near a small, invisible city in the Midwest, and has a wife and child whom he struggles to find time to see. In a final attempt to break out, Allen decides he must disrupt the pattern and return to college to distinguish himself as a master’s student and a teaching assistant, determined to use the bright light of the academic life to shine forth. This is the point at which Allen Johnson must ultimately devolve in order to emerge as the man who has it all: happiness.