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.« « Previous Post: A lesson in politics | Next Post: You are cordially invited… » »