I finally completed my novel. It’s an 83,000-word historical fiction story entitled, THE PAINTER OF THE BARBARY COAST. It took years to research, write and rewrite, so I’m hoping it resonates with readers. I’ve already begun pitching it to literary agents.
Here’s a quick summary of what it’s about:
Edward Vincent was once the greatest painter in San Francisco, before he suddenly disappeared. His skill was so profound they said he could capture the souls of his subjects within his portraits. In the aftermath of the Great Quake of 1906, an ambitious but aimless young man stumbles upon one such painting, the haunting portrait of a woman. The supernatural quality of the art and the curious tale of the painter follow him as he explores the changed city, finding purpose in pursuing this story of love and betrayal. Stories are not so simple, and each rendition lures him closer to what he hopes is the truth. He endeavors to unravel the mystery while finding his place in society amid an eclectic coterie of characters—including the painter and subject themselves—as the city struggles to rebuild.
What was the relationship between the painter and the painted? What betrayal led them astray, and how will they be redeemed? The story is told from the perspective of the young man as he seeks to find his own role in the world.
It’s a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of post-Great Quake San Francisco, during the period of reconstruction that’s seldom mentioned in stories. Above all, it’s an adventure into existentialism within the vibrant history of the “Paris of the West.”
I also recently returned from a long trip in beautiful New Zealand. My favorite photos are below. If you’d like to see more travel photos and video stories, join me on Instagram. (Warning: There are a lot of Hobbiton photos, because nerd.)