I am thrilled unto my very bones to announce that my first novel, Everywhere She’s Not, is now available, in hardcover, paperback, and e-book, wherever books are sold.
If you have an independent bookstore near you, I’d certainly encourage you to order your copy through them. (If missing from your life is an absolutely stellar indie bookstore to love and support, allow me to suggest Malaprops here in Asheville, NC. They ship book orders all day long.)
This novel wouldn’t have been possible without the generous supporters of its Kickstarter campaign. (You know who you are! Be sure to return the “Backer Survey” I sent you!)
“What’s the novel about?”
David is a brilliant young man living alone in an old seaside motel in San Francisco in 1979.
He has just destroyed the life that he and his live-in girlfriend Kate spent two years building together.
He has no idea why he did the terrible thing he did. All he knows is that he’s appalled he did it, and desperately wants Kate back.
Fat chance. Kate, who loves David, is many things. Stupid isn’t one of them.
Everywhere She’s Not is about crazy-making, mind-boggling, gut-wrenching love. It’s about how ultimately rewarding it can be to keep hoping, even when you know there’s no hope at all.
It’s about passing through locked motel doors, travel brochures for ax-murderers, Cornish game hens playing lawn darts.
It’s about helping your best friend, who is gay, pretend that he isn’t gay, so that his ex-wife won’t take away his child visitation rights.
It’s about David Allen Finch finally facing the truth of who is family is, and what they’ve made him become—and what, if anything, he can do about that.
“I read Everywhere She’s Not. I loved it. Now what?”
If you read Everywhere She’s Not, and like it, taking a moment to favorably review it would be . . . its primary if not exclusive means of survival, basically.
To say I’d appreciate your doing that would be like saying the Grand Canyon is a pretty good sized hole. This book, into which I’ve poured the last five years of my life, will live or die depending on its reader reviews.
So . . . yeah. Good reviews, good. Interviewing me for your blog, good. Having me as a guest on your podcast or radio show, good. Having me Skype with your book club—or come in person if you’re within driving distance—to chat about the novel after everyone’s read it, good. Arranging for me to come do a reading at your local bookstore, completely yay-worthy.
It’s all so good. So . . . thanks for maybe helping with any of that sort of thing—but only if you’re so moved, of course. I hope you are. I hope you think Everywhere She’s Not is one of the best novels you’ve ever read. I didn’t write it so you’d feel any other way about it.
“Didn’t you used to have a massive blog?”
From 2007 to 2014 I did write a spirituality / humor / advocacy / blog here at JohnShore.com, as well as for The Huffington Post and on Patheos.com.
Back then my blog header looked like this:
My blog did some 300,000 views a month. So that certainly kept me busy.
But there was work to be done—issues to be resolved, attitudes to be adjusted, paradigms to be changed, monolithic institutions to be upended. So I did that work. Eight years later, lots of people were doing that same work, so I felt free to return to my first love, which is writing fiction.
“What’s with the name change?”
As a nod to my father, Norman (after whom I’m named), I’ve always published my fiction under the name N. John Shore, Jr. For most all of my other work I use John, the only name I’ve ever gone by. That’s all that is.
“Do you write an advice column?”
If you would like me to answer one of your questions in my advice column, please send me your question through my Contact Me page.
Did you write the first real-time serial novel ever published on the website of a major daily newspaper?
I did! Please notify literary history. From April 2016 until I concluded the story in November 2017, I wrote Ashes to Asheville, published on the website of the Citizen-Times. Ashes is also available as a podcast via iTunes or its Libsyn page. The Citizen-Times’ article introducing Ashes to its readers is here.
“Let’s stay in touch!”
I’d love that. These days I’m mainly communicating through my monthly newsletter, to which you can subscribe below. I hope you do! (I use MailChimp for the newsletter, so you can be sure it’s safe, secure, and won’t ever result in any spam or ads. Unsubscribe with a click of your mouse.) Please drop me a line, any time, through my Contact Me page. I look forward to hearing from you!