Name of fiction work? And were there other names you considered that you would like to share with us? My novel The Exile came out on April 6. Other than slight variations (we considered “Exiled”) the name really stuck and I think it fits the work. The title can imply people who are on exile in a foreign land, or a person who has herself become an exile. That double meaning is apt for the novel.
Fiction genre? Ex science fiction, short story, fantasy novella, romance, drama, crime, plays, flash fiction, historical, comedy, movie script, screenplay, etc. And how many pages long? The Exile is upmarket, mainstream fiction, with a great love story that will appeal to romance readers. It is also a suspenseful, fast-paced novel that is a real page-turner. It is 309 pages long.
Has this been published? And it is totally fine if the answer is no. If yes, what publisher and what publication date? It is published by Koehler Books, April 6. The pre-publication period was very exciting for me, as the early reviews coming in have been very positive.
What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction? I amazed myself with how fast I wrote this novel. I remember starting it the weekend after Easter, 2016, and now it has been just before Easter, 2019! I wrote the first draft in 9 months, while working full time and not taking any significant time off, while also having a lot of things in my personal life that demanded my attention. Once the story of The Exile, and even more so, the character of Leila were in my head, the words simply flowed onto the page.
With my novels, I aim to tell aspirational stories through strong, relatable characters that transcend time and place. I have been writing novels since I was 14 and am so happy to have finally turned the corner last year with my first published novel. I work by day as a mortgage consultant. I am also a tango dancer and musician. I have performed tango on stages in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City and elsewhere. I live in Seattle, WA with Rachel, my wife, tango dancer and muse.