The Best of Billy Coffey: Paper Angels

Order early. Order often.

In two short days, Billy Coffey’s second novel will be released. Thanks to everyone who helped get the word out about Paper Angels. Hopefully, those of you who have already received a copy of the book have had a chance to at least read the first couple of chapters.

As many of you know, not only do I consider Billy a friend, I also am, for lack of a better term, his virtual personal assistant. As I mentioned to my friend Brian on Twitter the other day, I liken myself to Chloe to his Jack Bauer. He takes care of the important stuff–the writing–and I do my best to take care of all the other stuff that comes with being a published author and maintaining an author platform. It is a job I enjoy immensely, and despite the fact that he probably wants to yell, “DAMMIT, KATDISH!” on a fairly regular basis, he rarely does. The thing about Billy Coffey is that he really is as humble and unassuming as he appears to be. When talking about the main character in Paper Angels, Billy mentions Andy Sommerville is a better version of himself. But I disagree. Andy’s circumstances may be different from Billy’s, but they are both great, honorable and humble characters. It’s just that the latter is a real person.

Billy has a dream. A dream which many writers have but very few ever realize–he would like to write full time. To sell enough books to be able to quit his day job. I would like nothing more than for him to realize that dream. I don’t think any of us deserve much in this life, but if hard work, sacrifice and dedication to the craft garner any favor (not to mention an incredible gift), I think Billy is due for a dream come true.

I won’t be giving away a copy of Paper Angels today, but if you head over to my friend Maureen’s blog, Writing without Paper, not only will you read a wonderful interview with Billy, you will also have another opportunity to win a copy of his book. Look for more interviews, reviews and book giveaways in the days and weeks to come.

A very special thank you to the members of what my friend Mike Ellis affectionately refers to as The Billy Coffey Mafia, whose unwavering support and encouragement have helped move Billy a little closer to realizing his dream. Y’all are the best.

Congratulations to this week’s winner Kely Braswell aka @kelybreez.

Look for some more giveaways here in the weeks to come. Better yet, go order yourself one from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or some other fine online bookstore or support your local economy by heading to your nearest bookstore. Rumor has it some store already have them in stock.

And thanks again for helping to get the word out about Paper Angels.

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9 Responses to “The Best of Billy Coffey: Paper Angels”

  1. Maureen November 7, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Thank you for linking up, Kathy. I was honored to have the chance to interview Billy, who has been on my list for some time. Paper Angels has made it all possible. Here’s to continued success. . . to Billy, Paper Angels, and you! No one could want for a better Virtual Personal Assistant, who also happens to be very real.

  2. Helen November 7, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Best of luck to Billy! I’ll be at Barnes and Noble getting my copy on Wednesday!

  3. Billy Coffey November 7, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Thanks, Kat. And thanks to the rest of the Billy Coffey Mafia. Snort!

  4. Joseph Baran November 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    From day one when I have stumbled upon your pages, I had the impression that you were Billy’s rep of sorts. And now you confirm it. If you don’t mind, I would like to ask you a question and hope you can shed some light on it; how did you two meet and come up with this wonderful arrangement? I don’t think you have just one day read some of Billy’s writing and said, “Holy-molly this stuff is good! I will shout it from the rooftop of the internet house.”

    • katdish November 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm #


      I stumbled upon Billy’s blog thru a comment he left on a mutual friend’s blog, Jason. I’d seen his comments there before and was curious. The first thing I ever read from Billy was a post entitled “The Fruit Salad”. It was a story about when he was a young boy. He had recently learned some colorful language from some other kids and thought he’d try it out on his grandmother. Later that day, she made Billy a fruit salad. On this day, she added prunes to the fruit salad. When he protested, she told him he could take the prunes out. But Billy told her that even if he removed the prunes it would still taste like prunes because they had already mixed together with everything else. This brought a very important object lesson from his grandmother about how our actions flavor everything we do. I thought it was a brilliant analogy. But, being a bit of a smart ass, and reading the other comments which all said pretty much the same thing: “You are such a gifted writer, yada, yada…” I decided to leave the following comment: “Your grandmother was indeed a wise woman. And you dropped the f-bomb on her? Jerk!” I figured he would immediately find his way over to my blog and either curse me out or appreciate my sense of humor. It was the latter. Billy has a great sense of humor that doesn’t always come across in his writing. As far as saying, “Holy-molly this stuff is so good I will shout it from the rooftop of the internet house”, that’s actually not too far from the truth. I read through months of old blog posts and I knew that I have stumbled across someone with a rare gift. We started exchanging comments on each other’s blogs, and I eventually asked him to write a regular guest post for me on Mondays as a way of introducing him to a wider audience. Somewhere in several email exchanges, he told me he had written a MS he was looking to get published. That book was Snow Day–his first novel, which was actually a memoir at the time. Anyway, after I read it, I asked if he would be interested in working out a deal with me to help with his blog and online promotion. He was. So here we are.

  5. Candy November 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    If anyone could singlehandedly “sell” Billy, it would be ((drumroll)) – Billy. What a gifted, humble, and gentle man. (Never let your cowboy hat get tight, Billy). You have done a great job of promoting him, Kathy, and for very good reason – his writing is truly masterful and riveting. He draws you in so far you can’t leave. Paper Angels really shows the depth of his talent. I’m proud to be a card-carrying member of the BCM.

  6. Simply Darlene November 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Can I be an honorary member of the BCM? Pa-lease? Ya know my internet access is in the toilet right now and I don’t know a tweet about twitter, but I still wanna show my support. I’ve never been the rah-rah-sis-boom-bah cheerleader sort, but I can holler real loud and I split wood with gusto…that’s gotta count for something.

    Still missin’ you all!


    • katdish November 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

      Well, of course you can, Darlene. Miss you a bunch. Hurry back to the virtual world!

  7. jake November 12, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Still impressed with your effort. Even if you make Billy wan to swear, I bet he really appreciates it!

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