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The Ascent of PJ Marshall Paperback – December 7, 2012
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From the Author
Stephen King, in his elegantly inspiring book, On Writing, likens the process of novel writing to the unearthing of a fossil. The story is already there, waiting to be discovered, and the writer's job is to carefully excavate it with his or her collection of tools, (grammar, style, voice, etc.) leaving the whole largely intact. I like this analogy, as it accurately describes the development of The Ascent of PJ Marshall.
The first several drafts--products of working with dull or rusted tools ill-suited for the task--resulted in little more than blistered and bloody hands, the topsoil covering my fossil barely dented. But I knew it was down there. And so, inspired by the many brilliant writers who have gone before me, encouraged and supported by my team of beta readers and propped up on countless late nights by enormous volumes of coffee, I gradually honed the appropriate tools, discarding those that produced nothing but smashed thumbs.
My excavation of The Ascent of PJ Marshall has been a life-changing experience, and I have loved every mud-caked, raw-knuckled moment. I sincerely hope you enjoyed what I have dug up here.
Thanks for reading!
About the Author
Brian J. Anderson grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin—spoiled rotten by a childhood filled with outdoor exploits and Midwestern warmth. Armed with a Biology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he has spent the last twenty-odd years in life science research, including stints in Agronomy, Microbiology and Biotechnology. Brian had dreamed of writing a novel since the age of sixteen, and after innumerable false starts and dead ends—not to mention decades of simmering experience, patience and maturity—found a story that wouldn’t let him go. The Ascent of PJ Marshall is the culmination of this lifelong quest and the first chapter in his second act.
Brian has lived in rural Prairie du Sac for the last twenty-two years with his wife, Elizabeth. They have a son, Alec and a daughter, Isabelle as well as two unreasonably large dogs: Truman, a Vizsla mix with severe separation anxiety and Winston, his Silver Lab buddy and wing-man.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author can write and create some good imagery. The opening scene is proof of that.
Unfortunately, though, I couldn't stick with it and failed to finish the book. I will look at his next offering if there is one, though.