The Insistence of Memory

My first novel, The Insistence of Memory, is now available online at both Amazon (paperback and Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (paperback).

From the back cover:

Nothing could prepare Joanne for the secrets her husband left behind. As she stumbles through each day, attempting to raise their young daughters alone, Joanne soon learns that Jeff’s basement tinkering had led to a remarkable invention: a machine that can record memories and play them back in someone else’s mind.
Now, Jeff’s partner-in-crime wants to turn their unfinished project into a money-making scheme, while Joanne’s best friend argues the dangers of dredging up buried memories. Joanne’s heartache takea a backseat as she struggles to find balance between supporting the future of Jeff’s incredible discovery and keeping her own troubled history safely locked in the past. 
The Insistence of Memory gently bends reality to let readers explore the truth of what we remember. What is real? What is blurred? What would we never want revealed?

 A little backstory:

The Insistence of Memory is not the first novel that I've started writing, but it is the first that I've finished and published. It reads as a bit of a psychological thriller, with some light elements of sci-fi and mystery.

While I came up with the general idea for this book several years ago, the plot has changed quite a bit from my original idea. Initially, my story about watching someone else's recorded memories was based on the growing popularity of reality TV. I had begun imagining what could happen to our society if our private thoughts were easily read and shared.

As the book developed, a story about that sort of dystopian future was set aside to focus more on what might happen in the earliest days of discovering thought-recording technology. Who might want to advance or prevent that technology? And what would an average person do if confronted with that choice?

Being an indie author:

Writing The Insistence of Memory was an adventure! It helped me refine my own fiction writing process and learn how to overcome the inevitable doubts and setbacks on the way to completing a novel. It also encouraged me to reach out to some amazing friends who were generous with their feedback and support.

After finishing The Insistence of Memory, and spending some time shopping it around, I ultimately decided to give self-publishing a try. Being an indie author brings a new set of challenges, particularly as I juggle marketing and sales (a struggle) with writing my next novel (a joy). But what's life without a mountain to climb?

Publishing as an indie author may never lead to a wide audience, but I'm proud of The Insistence of Memory and I hope that those who read it will enjoy the story enough to recommend it to others.

Thank you for reading and for supporting me through this journey!