My first novel, El Camino Blue, is now available in audiobook format on Audible.
Check out the audio clip in the video here.
This is the first time any of my work has been available in audio. I’m excited to hear what all of you think. I think the producer and narrator, Nikola Muckajev, did an incredible job capturing the heart and tone of story. I hope you all love it. Listen to a quick sample from the first chapter in the preview video. There is a longer audio clip at the link “Get the El Camino Blue Audiobook Now” button.
From the Author
El Camino Blue was originally written as a journal that was kept daily through the last four months of high school. A few years later, at the age of twenty-two, I picked it back up and rewrote the sixty or so handwritten pages of the journal into a loosely based on my own reality, coming of age, full length novel. The prose has been modified several times throughout the past years, but always with the intent to preserve the initial naivety of the formative years which shaped the tone of the original journal. It is intentionally self-indulgent, self-involved, and everything else we are when we are seventeen years old. My hope is that it will allow the reader to bask in the nostalgia of characters, situations, and emotions that were present in all of our lives during those all-too-important years.
The Back Cover
At seventeen, what could anyone possibly know about love or the meaning of life? Maybe the only thing that really is important at all is realizing what matters in the moment, but that is easier said than done when your body is barraging your brain with hormones. Of course adding pot, alcohol, frozen pizza, and spite for an ex-girlfriend to the disturbing mixture of inherent young male chemicals doesn’t help at all. If it is too early for a midlife crisis, maybe it’s the perfect time for a nervous breakdown.
When Joe finds out that his last girlfriend was a pathological liar, he gets the sneaking suspicion that very little about youth is worth considering important. All he needs to do is find perfect moments that will stand out in future memories because in twenty years that will be how he remembers this time in his life anyway. There are parts of his body that disagree with his revelation and those are the parts of him that drive him to Ella, regardless of how he tries to justify it. The consistent conflict between his chemical makeup and his logical mind leads him down a path of schizophrenic conversations with a motley crew of friends and fistfight with a clock. He might love her, but he can’t tell if she even exists. Why would a beautiful girl wear sweat pants on a date? Regardless, she is a distraction so he will take it, but as with every distraction, there are consequences. When it all comes crashing down, there won’t be enough Captain Morgan, Camel Lights, or poorly rolled joints to keep him from realizing what actually does matter to him… Everything matters.