What gave you the idea for your book Reverb?
James has been inside my head since I was a kid. Made him up when I felt afraid. Started when I was little, pretending to be a guy because men were supposed to be stronger than women, and when I felt scared I sought strength. I found it in James. As I grew he took on a life of his own, with a complex family history. He was brilliant, what I always wished to be, and insular, like most men seemed to me. Felt compelled to write about him to shed him from me completely. In giving him ground, perhaps I too could find some, learn to handle fear on my own.
For quite some time after finishing the novel, our separation was complete. Fear still takes me by the throat and is choking, often, but now I deal with it instead of cloaking James. He’s merely a character in a novel, after all. But not anymore. The audiobook of Reverb will be out in October. The narrator’s voice has taken James outside of my head. He’s been actualized, made real. And having James out there somewhere now, playing out the rest of his life story as I write this blog, is on the extreme end of surreal.
How did you come up with the title?
Reverb is an electronically produced echo effect in music, according to Merriam-Webster.com. And Echo, as we all know, is sound you create that comes back at you. James Whren, the protagonist, is a master musician. In fact, he’s so absorbed with his muse, he’s neglected most people in his life. Like an echo, we often get what we give, as James does, when his father shatters his life and sends him to hell, where James is left abandoned, with no one real to save him.
Who is the target reader for Reverb?
Reverb is a woman’s read. Though a few short sequences of the novel are “brutal, raw, intense,” adult women from 18 forward have rated the novel highly. Most women have experienced James type of narcissism, whether their date or partner is obsessed with his career, sports, his car, or as in James case, music. I’d assumed most men would find the read offensive since it’s fundamentally about making men…better, but oddly, the few men who’ve read Reverb have rated it highly as well.