From the Author
The critical moment that allowed the floodgates to open and this book to spring to life was when I put away my laptop and started writing with a pencil in cheap notebooks. Without a delete key, I found myself able to write between three and ten pages every morning before 8:00.
I had no idea what this book would be about when I started it, and I'm still not sure I know what it's about -- but as I continue to think about it I find myself increasingly excited about it.
I've been a technical writer for 20+ years, and I'm used to writing step-by-step instructions and clear explanations. I threw away all of that for Ferment, and I wrote in purposeful ignorance of facts and in tiny glimpses into the souls of characters instead. But, in spite of my best efforts to keep logical thought out of it, I think Ferment is mostly about processes. As I was writing it, I was thinking about the process of writing, the processes of making a living and a life, and the process of getting older that we're all going through while denying that we're really going through it -- until it becomes undeniable.
It's a fun book that deals with serious subjects. I didn't mean for the chapters to be so short (most chapters are 3 pages long) but when it came together like that I really liked the rhythm of it and the ease of reading it in small bursts.
I also drew pictures for each chapter, before I knew anything about drawing. Drawing the illustrations for the chapters inspired me to actually learn to draw, and I think the drawings in my next novel will be far more realistic.
I hope you enjoy reading Ferment.