Yesterday I talked with my older brother on the phone. We talk just about every Sunday. He and his family live in Virginia, while I live here in Southern Cal. 3000 miles has not kept us from remaining close. Growing up in New York City, my brother was an awesome big brother--annoying as hell much of the time, yet there was something solid about him that helped keep me grounded. Yes, "solid" is the best word I can use to describe him. You always knew what you got with my big brother. He unashamedly marched to the beat of his own drummer. When we were at the age where no one wanted to stick out for fear of being made fun of, my brother stuck out. When all the kids wore Converse or Pro-Keds he wore what kids laughingly called skips.
I remember one time, back in the day, when sneakers were either black or white, my brother got a pair of red sneaks. You couldn't help but notice them. Kids may have laughed at my brother--I may have even laughed at him--but never to his face. No one made fun of my brother. No one! He received much respect for not being goaded or ridiculed into backing down from the things he liked. I was amazed at how comfortable he was in his own skin back then. That comfort helped shape me, helped teach me not to be ashamed. I don't know where Leonard Adolphus Van Lowe got it from, but I'm glad he had it.
A.D., the at times sinister, ghostly character in my up-coming novel, The Secrets of Love and Death was written with my brother in mind. A.D., the first two letters of my brother's middle name. The book in some ways is a love letter to him. Growing up, my brother was among my best friends. Over the next few weeks, I'll be talking more and more about him and about the new book. I had a wonderful childhood because of him, and in the new book I hope to share some of that feeling with you. It is a romantic horror story, so I'll just be sharing SOME of that feeling, as my main goal is to keep you entertained. The cover art is currently being designed. I will keep you posted about that as well. I also have an audio clip I plan to share with you soon.
I hope you'll stay tuned for my journey to the publication of my next novel, The Secrets of Love and Death.