According to Amazon, Nightmares with the Bible has now been published. Authors are seldom the first to see copies of their own books, strangely enough. I probably won’t have any physical copies for a couple of weeks yet. Until then I’ll wait like an expectant mother. I don’t actually read my own books after they’re published. Like some other writers I know, I’m terrified of finding mistakes. And the older I get the less certain I am about anything. I’m not even sure if it’s officially published yet or not. I choose to trust Amazon’s opinion on that.
Right now I’m caught up between four or five other book projects, each a good bit along. Since writing is often a mood-based thing, what I do in the sleepy hours of pre-dawn is what I feel like writing on any given day. Unless you have a book contract in hand, that’s not, I suppose, that unusual. I’m trying to guess what might most get the attention of an agent. Both Holy Horror and Nightmares with the Bible were written for general readers. I don’t have the name-recognition to command any kind of attention (or affordable prices), so I need to find a topic that’ll do the work for me. I personally find religion and horror a fascinating subject. Many other academics do as well, but general readers not so much. It’ll feel more like reality when I have a copy I can have and hold. I still haven’t reconciled myself with ebooks.
What usually makes me stick with a project for the dash toward the finish line is a book getting close enough to see the ribbon ahead. I write incessantly, so I have a backlog from which to draw. I know my tastes are odd, which means it’s a challenge to get others onboard with my likes. I know horror fans love to read about movies. I suspect most of them don’t care much about the religious aspect of what they’re seeing. That’s why I write about it. People get information about religion from popular media. Even if they deny their interest, writers and directors will slip it in regardless. I’m just calling them like I see them. The nice thing about movies is you can have instant replay. And with a fair number of us now publishing books in this niche, hopefully conversation will follow. Until then, I’ll just be waiting here until my first copy arrives.