Here are some tidbits on what’s going on behind the scenes with my book and blog:
The first major part of “Dying for Attention” is a memoir sharing the daily/weekly events of my son’s homicide investigation and my personal quest for answers leading up to & including the defendants’ sentencing. The second half of the book is the afterword, where I share about befriending the defendants, and give my takeaway from the case. The book is basically done, and in the finishing stages.
Going thru a murder investigation isn’t like going to the dentist for a root canal, where you know it will be over soon. If I hadn’t have had the most fabulous D.A., & two perfect detectives, my life would not be what it is today. Being that I was ‘dumped’ into a horrific situation in a strange city, the people assigned Marc’s case were exactly what I needed! I feared shoddy police work or a poor D.A., but that didn’t ever pan out. Portland is a progressive city in many ways, but I really needed just old fashioned quality and assurance in their ‘base’, not fancy showmanship, or false illusions on the case.
My blog Marcsjustice.com will still be a viable account but I’m considering adding another blog site, one that deals with the various cultural & political issues we’re currently facing. MJ blog shares the story of the case and my personal journey for those seeking insight on violent crime & victory over tragedy. But I’m branching out more on every media I belong to and talking about some of the troubling issues in the headlines, and am considering separating the two themes into two different blog sites. Besides my stateside mailing list there’s readers from Canada, Europe and almost every continent.
I was offered a contract by a known publisher but declined for various reasons. An author should always be looking to ‘control’ their material, also, get the best royalties. Am also looking to increase distribution, income thru creating an audio book. Many people commute daily or just prefer audio books, so that’s another angle I’ve explored. I think my story lends well to an audio edition, my speaking voice would fit right in.
People are desperately seeking a way to navigate the challenges in this culture, and our historical Christian/Judeo traditions have so many rich solutions that would solve our cultural troubles. Blogs, books, social media, and videos are being utilized more often these days, and they are bringing people together in a strong way.
Thanks again for all your love and support! I know it’s a stretch to think that reading a blog/book on a son’s murder would lift up anybody. I had to really work past that fear when I started writing. I never thought I’d go thru something so traumatic and come out so positive. Just ridiculous!
All things are possible!