The Fall and Rise of Landon Harris

The Fall and Rise of Landon Harris

by Dirk Wales


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It seemed that Landon Harris had every reason to expect that after writing seven successful novels, he would be entitled to an Eighth. He dutifully spoke at the luncheons created by his publisher and the NPR Interviews and was preparing himself for the coming Book Tour. Landon loved his readers, enjoyed meeting them, but hated their questions after the talks and readings, or at the interminable dinners, be they in Memphis or Los Angeles .

Landon Harris had a ritual created by him and his now departed young wife when he began writing, and she was still beside him. After the hoop-de-do, they would settle in bed and all night long, read the book with the express purpose of learning for themselves, at a bit of distance from its inception, if it was as good a book as they hoped. This was an instructive process that seemed to make each book better. When Landon applied this ritual to his eighth book, he learned that he had, very simply, written a bad book. Two bad things would ensue: he would have to endure the agony of promoting this bad book, and his internal process of creating the Next Book would be shunted because the natural bridge to that idea was blown away.

Here is where Landon learns that writer's block is only one region of writer's hell. This new region he was exploring internally was trip-wired with ego, insecurity, an inability to "face-up-to-it", plus a willingness to exploit the wrong opportunity. Given the opportunity to comment on the manuscript of short stories by a young writer, Landon turns himself into the Devil and makes a deal with the young writer to let Landon edit, throw out, add in and generally fix this writer's work into a book of his own, to be published under the name of Landon Harris. This, he thinks, will give him time and leeway to build the bridge to his ninth novel.

The deception works, and yet no new fresh idea or concept is forthcoming. Falling into a new opportunity to repeat the devil's deal, moving ever deeper into Writer's Hell, Landon attempts to make a similar arrangement with a young woman from Washington Courthouse Ohio --- and fails. Fails so badly, that she will become a devil of her own, to surface later to give Landon his comeuppance.

Flailing about, Landon tries to continue his regular life, get a girlfriend, visit his father, give talks about being a successful writer --- to include one at Stanford University, where he studied --- and finally, to meet a retired New York psychiatrist while they were splashing together trying to sort out a teenaged kid problem in the reflecting pool at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park. Through the unusual retirement life of this old Doctor, Landon feels the presence of forces creative, and begins to internalize them. Though his writing, notes, thoughts, life chances and risks, we watch Landon Harris create his ninth novel, a fresh new look at teenaged runaways in Manhattan , called Shadow Angel. The ensuing reviews, will say that Landon Harris has found a new voice, one that truly resonates past his earlier novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996968690
Publisher: Lisa Hagan Books
Publication date: 04/27/2016
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Dirk Wales began his illustrious career with Rainbow Productions, a film company he started in Chicago. He made Museum films, Educational films as well as physician education/marketing films/video for multinational pharma companies. He has won 124 National and International Film Festival Awards.

He writes short stories and is a member of the California Writer's Club/Berkeley Branch. Dirk writes children's books, such as Owney, U S Rail Mail Mascot in the 1890's which has sold over 40,000 copies. A true story, winning three book awards, including the Mom's Choice Foundation Award.

He has been an artist since the early 1990's and has been in art shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco as well as galleries in Santa Fe and Taos New Mexico.

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