Right now, so much is happening with my writing. I just received notification that Torquere Press will publish my novella, Maui, in November 2009. A novella is longer than a short story, but a lot shorter than a standard novel. Most short stories are between 3,000 and 6,000 words, and most novels are between 45,000 and 100,000 words. Maui is about 15,000 words, so you might read it in three or four sittings.
Maui’s a story about Ishmael Fanning, a surfer in his late twenties from Florida’s east coast. Ishmael gets dumped by his partner of eight years and he goes through a difficult period emotionally. He relocates to Maui, one of the Hawaiian Islands, where he quickly finds himself involved with two younger men: Corey, a competition surfer, and Spencer, who works in a skateboard shop. Corey and Spencer are former lovers. Corey tells Ishamel, “There’s no gay scene on Maui. And as far as I know, you, Spencer and I are the only queer surfers on the island.”
Eventually, Ishmael must choose between Corey and Spencer, and it’s not an easy decision for him to make.
I wrote this novella after visiting Maui in March 2008. I took surfing lessons and explored the island. Maui’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, but what truly makes it special is the people who live there. They are friendly and welcoming to strangers, and their congenial attitude is infectious. As you can see from the photo to the left, in Hawaii the Pacific Ocean is turquoise in color, just beautiful, and the lava rock formations are breathtaking. I stayed in the town of Lahaina, in a furnished cottage with a fully-equipped kitchen. (I like cooking my own food.) Each morning I carried my board to a nice surfing spot called “Break Wall” — a five minute stroll.
Lahaina’s where most of my novella takes place. When Maui is released by Torquere, I’ll add a post on this blog to let you know how you can purchase a copy.