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.