Avis Humphrey

Avis Humphrey by [SIMPSON, B.M.]THE BOOK: Avis Humphrey.


THE AUTHOR: B.M. Simpson.

THE EDITOR: Bob Boardman (He has edited both my novels).

THE PUBLISHER: B.M. Simpson, via Amazon, Nook & iBooks.

SUMMARY: Avis Humphrey has a great life. He likes his beat-up old pick-up truck. He likes fishing at his favorite stream with his best bud, Leo. He likes the occasional hook-ups he shares with some of the local women in Watermill, New Hampshire. And he really likes his Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Life is simple, and life is pretty darn good for Avis, and that’s just the way he likes it. Good quickly turns into chaos when Avis uncharacteristically buys a Powerball ticket. While sitting on his ragged old couch in his dilapidated mobile home, Avis is stunned when the numbers printed on the ticket in his hand, match the numbers just announced on his 19 inch-TV screen. The comfortable small-town life he enjoys so much slips instantly away as he finds himself hiding out in the New Hampshire woods from parents who long ago abandoned him, relatives he never knew existed, and the dozens of reporters who are dissecting every tidbit of what they consider to be his pitiful life. Between friends, family, and strangers banging at his door, calling his phone, and hunting him down 24/7, Avis struggles to survive winning the nine hundred and sixty-seven million-dollar Powerball jackpot and the fame of being the richest person in the history of the small town he loves and calls home. Now all Avis has to do, is figure out how to get rid of the ticket and the money.

THE BACK STORY: In the beginning, all I had was the name, Avis Humphrey, and the feeling that his life was in turmoil. That’s how I usually write. I just start with an object or place or person and then see where the story goes from there. Once the story begins to unfold in front of me, it takes on a life of its own. From that point on, I just write it down as I go.

I came up with the name, “Avis Humphrey”, about five years ago, but never wrote more than one or two paragraphs of the story for the next four years. Even those paragraphs got thrown out. I think on day one, in a coffee shop five years ago, I wrote the first line, “Avis Humphrey has problems.” That line eventually went away, but as the readers will see in the story, Avis Humphrey has problems.

One I actually started writing, it took me less than a year to write the first draft and about another eight months or so to go through the editing process. My wife works harder than I do on the edits. She reads, re-reads and reads again until she can’t take it anymore. I go through the same process, but she does the hard labor. Then it goes off to my editor, Bob Boardman. It’s all strictly by email with Bob. He’s edited two books for me now and I’ve never met him and only spoken on the phone once or twice. It’s a process that works good for us.

WHY THIS TITLE?:  While there’s a little more to it than the book shares, the title is revealed in the story. So, I’ll have to leave it at that.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Other than pure entertainment value, the story sheds a light on how different people value money. Some look at money as something that defines who a person is. Then there are people who place almost no value on money, while others land somewhere in the middle. This story has all those people in it.

REVIEW COMMENTS: One reader wrote, “While nearly all of us have dreamed of what we’d do if we won the lottery, the idea that someone would win and then not want the money seems crazy; but, B.M. Simpson made a believer out me when his character, Avis Humphrey, does just that.”

* The book hasn’t been out long enough to get reviews.

AUTHOR PROFILE: B.M. SIMPSON was born in rural Maine. He joined the Air Force at 18 and lived and moved across the U.S. and Europe. After retiring from the Air Force, he spent nearly a decade living and working on construction projects in the Caribbean. On the islands of Anguilla, St. Kitts and Grand Cayman, he discovered a passion for island life and formed friendships second to none. In 2015 he released his first novel, Island Dogs, and he followed it up with his second, Avis Humphrey. Today Simpson calls South Sound, Grand Cayman home, as he continues to travel to and work in the Caribbean. Despite his blue water passion, he holds onto old friendships and cherishes his New England roots. He is currently writing his next novel, Bella Vita.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I like to my stories to be light and entertaining, but have a bit deeper story for those who want to see it. My first novel, Island Dogs, was a fun story about a bunch of messed up expats hanging out in an island bar. Nothing too deep. But for those of us who have seen people’s lives fall apart before ending up in a bar and searching for “the answers” in the bottom of a glass the story is just a tad more real. My books are more about the people than the actual events.

Avis Humphrey is about people you could show me in ten thousand small towns. And it’s about what happens in one of those small towns when one of their buddies is suddenly worth a half billion dollars. Money changes most people. This story is about how they handle the change.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: Avis Humphrey Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Avis-Humphrey-B-M-SIMPSON-ebook/dp/B07G5QQVDD/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1534088063&sr=1-1&keywords=Avis+Humphrey

LOCAL OUTLETS: Books & Books, Grand Cayman. Haslam’s Books, St Petersburg Florida.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. Amazon (Create Space & Kindle), Nook, iBooks.

PRICE: $7.99 & $14.99.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Email: BMSimpson@gmx.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMSimpson.author/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bmsimpson/

Website: (Perhaps the least updated website in the writing world): http://www.bmsimpson.com

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

2 thoughts on “Avis Humphrey”

  1. I just sent 10 minutes dancing around with your site & worldpress trying to leave a simple compliment. The demands got increasingly contradictory & ultimately stupid. I’m not applying for a fucking million-dollar loan here. I give up. 

    Ivan G. Goldman’s 5th novel The Debtor Class (Permanent Press, 2015) is a ‘gripping …triumphant read,’ says Publishers Weekly. A future cult classic with ‘howlingly funny dialogue,’ says Booklist. Available wherever fine books are sold. Goldman is a New York Times best-selling author.



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