Ten, Bloomsbury Square is now published!

Well, finally!

After ten misprinted proof copies, two months later, CreateSpace finally gave me a print that is publishable! So this afternoon I published Ten, Bloomsbury Square.

The origins of this whimsical tale began in Los Angeles, at our house on Cherokee Lane, in the early 1980’s.

Each week we would host a writers’ group in a space we created and named The Free Theatre. It consisted of a stable of writers who would present a few scenes from their works-in-progress each week. In addition, we attracted a regular group of wonderful actors who gave their time to read the various roles. Afterwards, there always followed a lively discussion, following which the work would be edited for reading the following week.

Bloomsbury began as a play in progress. Our daughter and two of her friends from down the hill were conscripted to read the roles of the children in the play, and they were wonderful.

Much later, in Hawaii, Gardner re-wrote the play in novella format. Later still, it was recorded for his weekly radio show on HPR, Stories on the Wind. The wonderful and talented English actor, Terrence Knapp, joined Gardner in reading the newer, prose version on the air.

Ten Bloomsbury Square is a story well suited for older children and adults who are seeking a bit of respite from this cynical world we live in.

On his way home after a late dinner at his club, 90 year-old Lord Peter Isling slips on a patch of ice and breaks the spell of amnesia that altered his life dramatically nearly eight decades earlier when he flew into the Eiffel Tower during WW1 while trying to find and rescue his beloved Wendy Darling’s younger brother, then a prisoner behind enemy lines. He soon discovers his true identity as Peter Pan, whose persona has lain dormant since that catastrophic event, and sets off on a journey back to Neverland to rescue the Lost Boys, who have been marooned there all this time, along with the dreaded Captain Hook…
 
 
 

This novella is now available on CreateSpace and Amazon. I will also have the Kindle version available next week.

Mahalo nui loa,
Madeleine

Ten, Bloomsbury Square

Aloha all,

Within the next few weeks I will be set to publish a novella by Gardner McKay. The book is titled: Ten, Bloomsbury Square.

The origins of this whimsical tale began in Los Angeles, at our house on Cherokee Lane, in the early 1980’s.

Each week we would host a writers’ group in a space we created and named The Free Theatre. It consisted of a stable of writers who would present a few scenes from their works-in-progress each week. In addition, we attracted a regular group of wonderful actors who gave their time to read the various roles. Afterwards, there always followed a lively discussion, following which the work would be edited for reading the following week.

Bloomsbury began as a play in progress. Our daughter and two of her friends from down the hill were conscripted to read the roles of the children in the play, and they were wonderful.

Much later, in Hawaii, Gardner re-wrote the play in novella format. Later still, it was recorded for his weekly radio show on HPR, Stories on the Wind. The wonderful and talented English actor, Terrence Knapp, joined Gardner in reading the newer, prose version on the air.

Ten Bloomsbury Square is a story well suited for older children and adults who are seeking a bit of respite from this cynical world we live in.

Update for Trompe L’Oeil

Some of you who have not seen me for awhile may wonder why I have not painted for the past few years; well it’s because I have been caught up (actually totally obsessed with) getting Gardner’s final novel Trompe L’Oeil ready to publish. This book has consumed my life for over the past two and a half years. I am so happy to say that the book is now ready for publication. One might ask why it took so long to get to this point, well to begin with, the only files I found in the computer that comprised a manuscript were hard to understand, given that the story was told from the point of view of “The Narrator” a character in the novel. This was problematic and did not make sense. There were no files in the computer of the hardcopy that was used when Gardner recorded the book and read it in chapters for his weekly show on Hawaii Public Radio. The tapes were lost for over a decade and only recently resurfaced. With the aid of the recorded tapes the whole manuscript made sense, because, as suspected, the story was told by the main character, Simon Lister. So using the recorded tapes we were able to justify them against the printed manuscript which resolved the issues at hand.

And so this week I handed over the final formatted PDF of Trompe L’Oeil, Gardner’s last novel, to be submitted to the major publishing houses in New York. The submission of this book would not have been possible without the love and support of those who helped to to bring this book to completion.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to Colby Chester who tirelessly worked with me over the months to edit this manuscript and for his amazing cover photograph. Thanks to Liza McKay Madigan for designing the cover and to Kenna Doeringer for her guidance as I formatted the book.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dura Curry for her professional expertise, and critical reading of the manuscript.

I extend special thanks to Catherine Lejeune Denisiu, Deborah and Steffen Foster, Richard Fullerton, Robyn Schaefer and Bill Spear who very graciously gave their time to proofread the final manuscript; and to Jeff Ilardi who transferred all the DAT recorded tapes of Trompe L’Oeil, from Stories on the Wind, and put them on CD’s for me.

And I would like to express my eternal gratitude on behalf of Gardner to our wonderful friends who remained supportive and encouraging in my endeavors to publish Gardner’s work.

Pursuit of the “big publisher” grail may seem to be unrealistic, given the fact that the author is dead. They most likely will not want to put the funds required into publishing without the author being available to do the required publicity involved. That being said, I want to be sure that all avenues have been tried in order to get his work out to the widest audience and to do the best by Gardner and this amazing book.

So, here’s the plan…if by September they are not interested in publishing and promoting the book. I will then self-publish Trompe L’Oeil on Amazon, as I have done with the last two books.  All the work is done. The book is formatted, edited and reviewed by proofreaders.

 

Trompe L’Oeil

Aloha friends and fans of Gardner’s work,

I fully expect that by May 2015, I will publish  Gardner’s novel Trompe L’Oeil. I recently uploaded  a brief audio clip and the first chapter of the book.

I hope you are as intrigued as I am by this wonderful book.

Best regards,

Madeleine