Dust Bath Revival; So, I wrote a novel

Manuscript pages for Dust Bath Revival with editorial comments in the margin

Dust Bath Revival, Book One of the Feral Seasons series – look at those editorial comments I had to work through!

I always tend to have a lot of projects going. One that’s been in the works for a while now is a novel titled Dust Bath Revival. Well. Originally it was called Feral Seasons, which has actually become the series title.

Sometimes projects grow from tiny little seeds – in this case, the seed was a short story I started while sitting on a friend of mine’s futon. We had a regular writing night and I wound up with this peach pit of a concept that I poked and prodded at almost every opportunity. The main character was a teenaged boy at first and then a teenaged girl (though the main character’s name never changed, which has led to some interesting discussions).

By the time I went on the Amtrak Residency, the novel had turned into a story that surprised even me – you’d think I’d know what I was getting into, right? But characters are surprising when you let them do what they want.

That surprise is why I’m a discovery writer rather than an outliner (and I’ll probably talk about that another time).

But the point of all of this is that I got back from my residency trip and almost immediately mailed my manuscript off to my fantastic and very patient agent. It was a terrible time of year for it – the end of November when everything was grey and chill, even in Florida (chill by Florida standards anyway). But on February 2, I got an email (actually while I was in the Green Room waiting to be on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) from her, asking if we could set up a phone call.

Dust Bath Revival is about a 16-year-old girl named Hank (and, yeah, she’s pretty chubs). It’s about hunger. It’s about superstition and a government conspiracy. And it’s about zombies. Kind of. I mean, they’re the undead and they’ll definitely eat you. So watch out for that, especially since they definitely don’t shamble.

And this November, to continue a metaphor, my little project that took root and grew branches and that has become this weird fruit tree will be published. Dust Bath Revival, Book One of the Feral Seasons series, will be available for pre-order in a month or two. I’ve already seen the cover and it’s AMAZING in a way that had me all-capsing for days. I can’t wait to be able to share it with you.

There’s still quite a bit of time between now and the release date. It’s going to be an adventure! And I’m really excited to be sharing it with you. (I’m also really excited that zombies aren’t real because I managed to creep myself out a few times and, well.) I hope you will like it, too.