I finally completed my novel. It’s an 89,000-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:
Tom, a young man seeking purpose, arrives in San Francisco shortly before it’s destroyed. In the aftermath of the Great Quake of 1906, he discovers the haunting portrait of a mysterious woman and the curious tale of the painter who captured her soul. Stories are not so simple, and each rendition lures him closer to what he hopes is the truth. Obsessed by the painting and artist, Tom endeavors to learn more while finding his place in society amid an eclectic coterie of characters—including the painter himself—as the city struggles to rebuild.
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.)