Steven Gillis wrote an essay and compiled an interesting set list for his hot off the
press (available on September 21 in both hard and e-book forms) novel, The Consequence of Skating. This is Steven's fourth novel and fifth work of fiction.
A tease from the essay:
The Consequence of Skating
is my homage to the slippery slope. The majority of the book was
written during the time my wife, Mary, was first diagnosed and then
subsequently went through chemo, surgery and radiation for breast
cancer. This was not a fun time for any of us - we have two
school-aged kids as well - and the writing of my novel provided me with
an anchor, gave me a place to hide and search for my sanity.
The novel revolves around Ludwig von
Mises’ ideas of Human Action, the reason we make decisions, how we are
always striving to improve our situation and cure a dissatisfaction.
At the center of the narrative is Mickey Greene, an actor who has seen
better days, has allowed a troubled affair and a sudden infatuation
with drugs to undo him. Over the course of the novel, Mick winds his
way through a course of actions which, if not designed to bring him
redemption, offer him a reboot, a way to get his life back on track,
even as the course he charts continues to unravel.
The rest of the essay gets a bit more into the book, Steven's
thoughts when gearing up for publication, and his reaction to anonymous
reviewers--it's all well worth your time and consideration. Not to
mention he gives us a damn good set list of music to listen to while
reading the novel!