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Author Archive: "Brian Payton"

The Baby, the Book, the Long-Term Relationship

They say that publishing a book is like having a baby. I had stumbled across that old chestnut a thousand times before. As a writer — and a nonparent — the oft-repeated phrase held little meaning for me. Then, over the course of a single day, the metaphor suddenly sprang to life.

I remember there being lots of pink balloons. It was my daughter's first birthday — not even 24 hours after we had learned that my wife was pregnant with our second child — when the phone rang with the news of an offer to publish The Wind Is Not a River. I was so overcome with shock and joy, I felt as if I had begun to levitate. You see, we had been told that we couldn't have children (let alone two within a period of 20 months). And then there was the novel. After having watched nearly a dozen years pass since I wrote the first draft, I had begun to wonder if the characters I had created would ever exist beyond my imagination. It was like a double-strike of lightning; twin miracles visited upon ...

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