This summer I will have my first novel published. I mean, it's actually a novella (I like to euphemistically call it a "quick read") but still, the fact that I just wrote that first sentence of this blog and it's true is currently blowing my mind.
You know what's not short though? The title, The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last. It's a mouthful, I know, but ever since I first started writing the story in college, that has always been the title.
A quick synopsis: The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last is a bittersweet, nostalgic, but comic novella about a team of misfits, including a loser who secretly lives in the guard house of the club, a struggling artist with webbed toes, a timid teen with a concave chest, and the beautiful heiress of the Comfort Inn fortune. They have to win the impending Tri-County Relay Race and save the club from being run by a management company that only cares about money. The management company hires an opposing relay team of ringers including a girl with a prosthetic dorsal fin and a man named Carmichael Schmelps who looks suspiciously like a certain Olympic gold medalist.
So basically it's the 'let's get the team together and win the big (fill in the blank, in this case it's a swim meet) so we can keep this place we love' story, but it's a new take on that type of story and it's also so much more than that.
I've been writing this story in different iterations since college. It started as a feature length screenplay, once I moved to LA I got several rounds of notes on it from my writer's group and others that I asked to read it. The screenplay was even a finalist in the Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition one year. And I still ultimately see it as a movie too, and I'm hoping this book will be a step in that direction.