Yep, it’s finally here and I’m holding it in my hot little hands as I type—well, not literally. It’d be hard to type then. Some of you watched it over to the right of here…watched the progress and then saw it move into the “projects” section of my blog. Now, my first novel, Buying Time, is out!
I must say that I’m incredibly excited about it. That goes without saying, though, huh? The cover was done by my good friend and very talented colorist/photographer/designer Emily Y. Kanalz. If the quality of my writing inside can keep pace with the cover, then I’m in good shape! Thanks, Em!
Buying Time isn’t actually my “first” novel to have written. Not long after Malibu/Marvel shut down, I embarked on trying to write one. I wrote nearly 40,000 words on it before I realized that I pretty much hated everything about it. While I liked some of the “ideas” behind it, it didn’t contain a single character that I liked or felt I could identify with. I pretty much tossed writing on the back burner after that, and that’s when I entered graduate school with the plan to teach…which I did.
But after teaching for a few years, I got the itch to write again. I’d done some writing for newspapers (both school and local), but that didn’t count—not for what I was wanting to do, anyway. Not only that, my life had changed in a big way since I’d last written…so I dove in again. It took me about two years to finish, but finish I did. I was still searching, too, for the kind of writing I wanted to do post-comic-writer-life. While I enjoyed Buying Time, it wasn’t the kind of story that I could see myself continue to write. Ultimately—if you’re keeping score—I’m ending up writing pretty much everything now with some sort of superhero connection.
So what is Buying Time about? It stems from short story I wrote back in the early 90s about a time-traveling time salesman (I love time travel stories—and in fact, my Master’s Thesis was on “alternate histories,” fiction that explores those “what if” questions of history)…Basically, my pitch for the book is this:
If you could redo part of your life, would you? Even if it meant you died a little earlier? That’s the decision Tom Morgan and Larry Pace must make when they are approached by a time traveling time salesman. Complete opposites, both men are drawn to the idea for the same reason: to save someone’s life. But is that even possible? Can the past be changed? Add to that the problem that it’s very addictive, like a dangerous drug. Each trip back in time shortens life.
If you find yourself interested in the book—and I hope you do—you can buy it directly from me by going to this page: https://rolandmann.wordpress.com/projects/buyingtime/ and clicking on the “buy now” button, or you can hop on over to this link and purchase it through ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Buying-Time-Roland-Mann-/270571172656?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_Fiction_Books&hash=item3eff4c7330#ht_500wt_1182 If you want it signed, just let me know. Autographs are free! J