by Justin Kramon
on Tour October 1 - November 30, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Thriller / Psychological Thriller / Women's Fiction
Published by: Pegasus/Norton
Publication Date: 10/15/13
Number of Pages: 288
** Note: Explicit sexual scenes
Synopsis:To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. Working at the local college and unsuccessful in his previous relationships, he’d been feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, “a great beast of a birthday,” as he sees it, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest talent, is flattered by Sam’s attention. But their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia.
Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam’s relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches—and Julia becomes less and less sure whom to trust.
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Author Bio:Justin Kramon is the author of the novels Finny (Random House, 2010) and The Preservationist (Pegasus, 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia.
Catch Up With the Author:
Hello Justin! Thanks so much for visiting and agreeing to answer my questions! Tell us about your current release.
My new novel is called The Preservationist. It's about a young woman named Julia, who is trying hard to get back into life after some traumatic things happened to her family. She meets an older man named Sam, and they start dating. Sam is sensitive and mature and fairly good-looking, and he appears to understand Julia. He has quirks, but who doesn't? Then there's another young man, Marcus, who is obsessed with Julia, for a reason she can't understand, and Julia begins to feel threatened by him, and unsure about Sam at the same time. The book moves into the heads of all three main characters, as the threat of violence escalates and everyone is trying to figure out exactly what's going on.
What was your first sale as an author?
My first book sale was when I sold my first novel to Random House, which happened in a pretty standard way through my agent. But I sold a story to Glimmer Train magazine in late-2004, just after I'd gotten out of grad school. It ended up being very helpful for me, and got some attention from literary organizations and agents, and then some of my other stories started getting published. That magazine has been supportive of my work for a lot of years now. It's a reason that when I talk to writers who want to start publishing, I often encourage them to send to literary journals, because my experience has been that people respect the good journals, and the editors of those journals genuinely love writing, and it's just nice to have someone in your corner.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
My wife is generally the only person who reads parts of a book as I'm working on it. A book seems like such a fragile thing when you're writing it, and she's developed a really good way to help me fix some of the problems I might be facing in the book, without completely shattering it. Or maybe I'm the one who's delicate and easily shattered. Either way, it's hard to express how grateful I am for her help with and support of my writing, and even saying it sometimes feels cheap or insufficient.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
I was very lucky to be able to visit around 150 book clubs when I was promoting my first novel. It was an outstanding opportunity to talk directly to my readers, and one of the best experiences I had in promoting the book. It was just a lot of fun. I'll be visiting a lot of clubs for my new novel, too, since my publisher has been supportive of the visits, and frankly, I love every part of them, from the snacks to the built-in audience for my awkward jokes. After the initial shock of seeing how pale I am in person, readers ask all kinds of things. Since they've read the book already, it's a great opportunity for them to ask about my inspirations for different characters, or how I figured out the plot of the book, or the ending, or to give me their own thoughts about the novel, which have been so valuable and meaningful to me as a writer.
Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?
Generally indoors, for paleness-related reasons mentioned above. I do like to read a lot, and also I do some cooking and enjoy listening to jazz and playing it badly. I do a lot of walking, which is relaxing for me. And the meth habit takes a lot of time.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in five words.
Anxiety. Fear. Shame. Tax break.
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