Why isn’t my latest book out yet? Sometimes life gets in the way, with all its ups and downs. I’m not going to regale you with sob stories. My life is not harder than anyone else’s, but there is a quote that sticks in my head.
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”
I know it’s cliché, but I don’t care. I used to fear the cliché, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that cliché is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, writing about love is a cliché. Writing about hardship is a cliché. And these things are universal. Is it cliché or simply the truth? The truth isn’t always earth-shatteringly original. Maybe one day I will tell you about my battles, my own backstory, but I’m not there yet.
I will tell you that to a certain degree, perfectionism is holding me up. I want A Storm of Stories to be perfect. It is highly complex, and it feels very personal. I didn’t set out to write a novel like this. Writing Painting With Fire was like assembling a puzzle. Writing A Storm of Stories—well, I have no idea how I did it. I couldn’t see the big picture until it was finished. My early readers say the book is haunting and surreal.
I can’t tell you exactly when it will be out beyond sometime early 2016, but I can tell you it will be worth the wait.
To tide you over, here’s a sneak peek from the back jacket of A Storm of Stories:
Sometimes, telling stories is just another way to stay alive. Barreling down a deserted rural Wisconsin county road in the middle of a whiteout, the last thing Julie expects is to hit a hitchhiker wandering around in the storm. With the car wedged in a snow bank and the inches piling higher on the dark, unlit road, Julie can’t escape a man who makes little sense. Stranded together in the freezing cold, the two tell stories to pass the time. From the Midwest, India and Denmark to the Canadian North Shore of Lake Superior, they offer visions of lives and loves from young to old, far and wide. But as the hours blur together, and the snow and ice seal them in, it becomes less and less clear how their own story will end. A tale of love, craziness and impossibility by K.B. Jensen
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