PUBLISHED IN: 2011
THE AUTHOR: Rusty Coats
THE EDITOR: Alan Greene
THE PUBLISHER: Inknbeans Press, an independent publisher based in Southern California and led by the fearless and nurturing Maaijo Lowe. All the authors at Inknbeans call her Boss Bean.
SUMMARY: For Jonah Morgan, the past and future run through people like lightning, throwing sparks on everything they touch, and Jonah’s hands catch those sparks – an ability his grandfather called wicking. In Out of Touch, Jonah confronts his own gift – and the ambitions of a phony psychic named Perry Jahn – while saving a small Indiana town when its basketball team boards a flight doomed to crash.
THE BACK STORY: It began at the Iowa Writer’s Festival in a class called “Character and Action.” I attended with Steve Revare, a college friend (and now author of the novel “Raw”), and Jonah’s character came out of an exercise in that class. I tapped into a writer’s workshop group that met weekly and the novel took on its own pace. It took less than a year to complete – including the rewrite of the first half of a similar but doomed predecessor, which died when my daughter poured Windex into my laptop.
WHY THIS TITLE?: Jonah’s psychic ability is tactile, and he’s spent years trying to distance himself from it. A theme of the novel is whether life is fated or free-will, and whether we ever really can run from what we are born to do.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? The plot is unique and takes hold immediately, but the depth of the characters is the novel’s strongest suit, I believe. I also think it captures what Don Henley once called “that same small town in each of us.” The town of New Hibernia is its own character.
AUTHOR PROFILE: I started my career as a reporter for my hometown newspaper, The Evening News in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and have worked in media ever since. Most of my work over the past 20 years has been in digital media – launching websites, running interactive divisions at media companies, consulting public media and large corporations. My wife is also a journalist, and we have five kids in our blended family. The novel taps all of that, plus the fact that I fly more than 150,000 miles a year for work – which made writing the plane crash scenes particularly interesting, because I wrote them at altitude. I find writers – particularly those in workshops and groups – to be the kindest and most generous people you’ll meet.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: This novel wrestles with fate and free will, ambition and redemption, grief and hope. It takes place over 24 hours, and I wanted to show how the lives of the protagonist – and everyone surrounding him – can be irrevocably changed in a day.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Out-Of-Touch-Rusty-Coats-ebook/dp/B004SC173U/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8
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WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & noble, etc.
PRICE: $2.99 Kindle, $12.95 paperback
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Email is always best: firstname.lastname@example.org