Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Guest Post: Larry Sweitzer author of The Ghost, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the book The Ghost, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth's Piano, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.

Someday is Today

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Beth’s Book Review Blog for having me here on this very special day. Today marks the release of my debut novel and the start of my virtual book tour. So, thank you, Beth for letting me kick-off my tour right here!

My journey as a writer started over five years ago. I’d been writing “for the fun of it” for years, but in 2004 I started thinking about taking it more seriously. I started with some short stories then moved on to some longer pieces. It wasn’t long before I started thinking about writing something novel length.

Just the thought of writing a novel was quite intimidating, but after I set my mind to it, I was determined that someday I would hold a finished book in my hands and say: “I did this.” I submerged myself into the writing life, setting aside time each day to work on the craft of writing. I took classes, attended seminars and conferences, read books on writing, and continued to read books for fun—gleaning any insights I could from authors that I admired. I joined some writing groups a
nd workshopped my works-in-progress. But, most importantly, I wrote something every day. The next day, I wrote some more. Eventually, I gained some experience—learned what worked and what didn’t. I got feedback from my writing groups and workshops.

Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t just a matter of pounding out 60,000 words and “voila”! No, it was a long and bumpy road filled with obstacles. It took me about a year and a half to write the first draft. I faced bouts of writer’s block and at times felt like banging my head against my keyboard when the words wouldn’t come. I survived a computer crash that could have been disastrous had it not been for one determined computer tech that was able to retrieve two “lost” chapters from the lifeless hard drive. There were the never-ending intrusions of everyday
life—work…family…pesky things like keeping the lawn mowed and fixing things around the house. Things like self doubt always had a way of creeping into the picture, but I persevered. I pressed on toward the goal of someday seeing my book in print.

So, it was a labor of love, but well worth it—both for the end result and for the journey. Published or not, I’ve grown as a writer these past few years and met a lot of great people along the way. The experience has been one that I will always cherish.

My “someday” is here.

About the book:

It's the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can't wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie's old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny's affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says-and does-nerdy things.

At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone's a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. The boys are determined to solve the mystery of the ghost and the missing science projects.

Freddie's quest to win the scholarship-and the girl of his dreams-are constantly in jeopardy. There are complications at every turn: the ghost, a creepy caretaker, Freddie's high school nemesis, a cantankerous camp manager, and a saboteur all threaten his chance to win the prize and Ginny's heart.

About Larry:

Larry Sweitzer is a writer, musician, and avid baseball fan. He was born and raised in western Maryland and now lives in Virginia with his wife and two daughters. The Ghost, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano is his first novel.


Mardel said...

This looks good. I'm thinking of getting it for the school library. I love the title, it just jumps out at you.

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