Two weeks since the release of my book, Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss, and I want to thank you all for the tremendous support you’ve shown, from your well wishes, to kind words, to purchasing the book.
As I said earlier, this is bittersweet, but I am, for the moment, buoyant and encouraged by the response so far. However, as we in mountain-man historical reenactment circles know first hand, there is also the phenomenon of “flash in the pan.” Whether this momentum sustains itself remains to be seen.
- Since Thursday, the book has been #2 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for Biographies & Memoirs.
- It had risen as high as #6 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Biographies & Memoirs late last week, just below Ernest Hemingway, and as of this morning stood at the #13 spot, sandwiched between Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.
The response to the book is gratifying, because I intend to donate a portion of the revenue to the Survivors of Violent Loss Program. That said, a psychotherapist told me last week that what’s most important is that my story is reaching people whose lives will be positively impacted by it. They will know they are not alone, and it may give them the courage to tell their own stories as survivors of violent loss.
“That is the best gift you can give,” she said
Even so, I want to contribute to the program. It’s the least I can do for what the program has done for me.
Thank you, as well, to those you who have read the book and offered such kind words in your emails and in the reviews posted online.
Here are some typical responses:
Day and a half read….. an imperative…… haunting imagery, brutally raw, exquisitely portrayed, emotionally draining. Thank You. —Captwgn
I started Dare I Call It Murder? about 3:00 P.M. yesterday, wanting to fill a rather quiet Sunday. At 12:30 A.M., after reaching the last page, I could finally lay down the book and just sit there, thinking. —Ruth Wallace
I finished the book at midnight last night (Thanks for that). It was riveting and I couldn’t quit until I read it all. —Ina Denny
It is, to use an overworked phrase, a page-turner. I promise you won’t put it down until you get past the Epilogue. —Milt Burgess
I just finished reading your book. I did it in three “seatings.” It was very hard to put down. It was very moving, and I can only imagine how frustrating and saddening it must have been, and still is, for you. —Hank Hiskes
More comments at: Kind Words
For Sale Worldwide
For me, a fascinating aspect of this is where the book is now for sale: Not only in the U.S. and Canada, but Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom—even Japan and Poland.
Don’t ask me to explain it. I can’t.
Interest in the book is growing, with inquires coming from around the country and around the world—from New York to New Zealand, France to Fiji. Vegas to Vanuatu. (Yes, Vanuatu—that’s your geography lesson for the day.)
Book Clubs / Discussion Groups
I’ve been approached by book clubs, and some people have asked me about discussion groups for the book. If you’re interested, contact me, and I’ll see what can be arranged—perhaps online as well as in-person.
Book signings (with any luck, more to come)
San Diego area
• Warwick’s (La Jolla) — Sunday, Sept. 22, Noon – 2 p.m.
• Eagle Harbor Book Co. (Bainbridge Island) — Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
• Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park) — Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
More to come as the journey continues . . .