Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Launch week continues…
One of the treats for me as a writer this time around — Town Father is very different for me, as you’ll see when you read it — was finding an approach to the material that would let me really immerse myself in it without getting pretentious or phony. You always have to be true to your own identity, but a great benefit of being a novelist is the ability to put on all kinds of costumes.
Here I assumed the role of a novelist of the 1880s. I would write my story of Hestia, California, as if I were telling it in that period, though, as I say, without getting all Victorian in my language and style. It is, after all, a story with contemporary themes. Feminism. Reproductive freedom. Social judgment. Relativism. Plain old morality.
But the tickling thing I understood right away was that no novelist of the 1880s could have told this story at all. The very first review would have declaimed it, “Preposterous!”
To ready myself for the task, I read several obscure novels of the era (thank you, Project Gutenberg), along with some not-so-obscure ones, and I did a lot of research about California Gold Country in the decades after the Gold Rush had subsided. Not to mention that I now live just a stone’s throw from Hestia (if it really had existed). The book’s details are so real to me that I almost feel like I can walk out the door and into Hestia’s central square and greet the ladies by name. All 300 of them.
Town Father is available in paperback right now at Amazon.com. Pick up your copy and be one of the first reviewers!
Oh, and you can download a pdf of Chapter 1 here.