The difference is that I’ve been counting months, not measures. No, make that years! More than two years have passed since Viking bought my manuscript.
BROTHERHOOD is finally out in bookstores! Hooray!
At times the wait has been excruciating, and now the sound is oh, so rich.
“…an impressive debut…” Publishers Weekly
“…an excellent job of re-creating post-Civil War Richmond…” School Library Journal
“Great historical fiction always feels like a gift…” VOYA Magazine
“…this coming-of-age story will spark fruitful discussions about race, identity, social pressure and loyalty.” Kirkus
Anderson’s Bookshop even included Brotherhood as a candidate for their Mock Newbery Award!
I’ve rehearsed for years, months and days for the release of my first novel, and now I’m glowing. (But the truth is that I’m also feeling overwhelmed.)
After ten years playing—and loving—the violin (the kid begged for a violin when he was three, so we got him Suzuki lessons), he switched to tuba because he didn't like being a front-of-the-orchestra musician. No limelight, please. He wanted to power the orchestra from the rear. Now he’s in college, studying tuba performance, computers and the physics of sound, and I get that he’s an introvert. With the release of Brotherhood, I even get the front-of-the-orchestra pressure he talked about.
If I’ve written Brotherhood well, readers won’t notice me, the author, the same way orchestra patrons overlook the tubists. And that's okay with me. It's good! If they feel my presence at all, I hope it’s like a tuba line, powering the piece beneath the surface. I hope the story resonates with them, and the sound lingers long after they turn the last page.
A. B. Westrick is the author of Brotherhood, the story of a boy who swears allegiance to the Klan before he quite realizes what he's getting into. You can read more about Brotherhood at abwestrick.com, follow the author on Twitter, and click here to "like" her Facebook page. Check out the book trailer for Brotherhood on YouTube. It's only 53 seconds.