I’m often asked why I wrote this book. In all honesty, it was born of boredom initially. About eight years ago I was out of work and had nothing better to do. I sat down one day and simply started typing.
This was not the story I intended to write. In fact, I had no idea what I was going to write or how I was going to write it, but it didn’t take long for a story to emerge. As I wrote, I realized it was familiar to me and this lead to the realization that it was a story I needed to write. So naturally, I stopped writing, threw what I had done in a drawer, and there it sat for about six years.
It wasn’t until a good friend asked if I still had it and what I planned to do with it that it resurfaced. Being a professional writer himself, and college educator, he was curious about what my writing would be like.
I agreed and the response I got was completely unexpected. He, as well as others themselves professional writers, encouraged me to seriously consider pursuing writing professionally. I tried to pretend I had no real interest in it, but the truth was, this was my dream. One that I never thought could come true.
Then, in November of 2016, I found myself in a hospital bed. The doctor had told me that I was dying, they weren’t sure what was wrong, but she would do everything she could to find out. There was no moment where I decided that if I lived I was going to do this. I did, however, give it some thought and concluded that, if I lived, I would give it some more serious consideration.
After a month in the hospital and a good week or two laid up at home, I went back to everyday life in full force. I got it out and toyed with the idea of completing it, but didn’t take it seriously until the beginning of 2018. It was then that I decided to leave my full-time job and finish it.
My hopes were simple; to portray a same-sex couple as any heterosexual couple might be in art, film, or literature. To show that there was nothing abnormal or different about their love, but that their love was real, and that they simply wanted the same things and faced the same challenges any other couple in love may want or face.
I can only hope that I have accomplished what I set out to do.
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