Why I Write

When people ask me if I enjoy writing I tell them honestly that I find writing fulfilling rather than enjoyable and that I write because I need to rather than want to. Even as I say that I have been conflicted by my own words until tonight when I realized that a perfect metaphor exists, which explains the experience. If you asked a woman if she enjoyed giving birth, few if any would say yes, but almost all would say it was one of their most fulfilling experiences. And so, for now, I’ll keep on writing. 

Up and Coming – June 2015

Welcome to all current and new members of this monthly update of my writing activities. Thank you and good reading.

Injured Angels

I have now received the feedback from all of the beta readers. This has been a valuable exercise. When I teach writing, I point out that every author writes the book he or she loves to read, but great authors write the books others want to read. One of the best ways I know for determining what others want to read is to give my draft manuscripts to others and ask them what gets in the way of their enjoyment. When I receive consistent feedback from several readers that a particular aspect of the book is problematic, I pay particular attention to that and make changes accordingly. That should mean that the rest of you will find the book a much more enjoyable read.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition

I have begun to offer both the original version of Amanda’s Room and the new Reader’s Edition at reading and signing events and have been delighted at the response. Readers have voiced appreciation at having a choice and thus far, the sales of the Reader’s Edition are running at about the same pace as the original. This new “dime store novel” edition omits the weather quotes at the beginning of each chapter, is in a smaller format (5×7 instead of 6×9), is slightly shorter, has cream-color pages instead of white and has a slightly smaller font to appeal to those who wants a faster read. I hope to make it available on-line in the near future.

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT

I am thrilled to have been invited back again to speak at the Avon Public Library. I and three other returning authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking about “The Reader’s Experience.” This is part of a larger literary event and the attached flyer provides additional details.

 

New England Author’s Exposition – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.

Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo. If you are an author, artist or publisher, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, contact Chris Obert at PearTree Publishing by visiting the site at http://peartreepublishing.net/events/authors2015info.php

For authors, the evening before the Expo, I will be facilitating a networking event. This will be an opportunity for participating authors to share what, how and why they write. We will explore the obstacles we face as writers, publishers and promoters of our work and the strategies we have employed to overcome them. More information to come.

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College.

While I have been aware of this conference for several years, this is the first time I will be attending. The conference agenda looks worthwhile and very well organized. In particular, I am looking forward to three half-hour meetings I have scheduled – two with New York literary agents and another with a major publishing company editor. They will be reading the first 40 pages of my new novel and sharing their impressions with me. I am hoping this will help toward the novel’s publication. More details to come.

That’s all there is to report right now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and healthy.

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback and Kindle), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

 

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com

Up and Coming – May 2015

Injured Angels – I have completed all of the notes from my first round of beta readers, made substantial changes to the original manuscript as a result, and created and distributed the final review manuscripts. My sincere thanks to all of the beta readers for their time and input. The first round beta readers include: Ruth Boss, Mary Casey, Anne Yuhas, Janet Ebert, Toni Escott, Grace Grab, Sadie MacDonald, Robert Grady, and Evelyn Marshak. The second round reviewers include: Chuck Motes, Shirley Bloethe, Dawn Miceli, Peter Smith, Diane Smith, Joan LaRose, Marion Gifford, Carol Slauenwhite, Julie Norko, Chris Obert and Dennis Schleicher. Thanks to them, end readers won’t have to wade through all of the warts that come with the early drafts. I have a meeting scheduled with an agent in May and I am still aiming toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition is now officially published! As a reminder, this new edition omits the weather quotes at the beginning of each chapter, is in a smaller format (5×7 instead of 6×9), is slightly shorter, has tan pages instead of white and has a slightly smaller font. It is the “dime store novel” version of the book, which appeals to those who wants a faster read. The bar code problem, which prevented venues from properly cataloguing the copies, has been corrected thanks to the publisher, Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press, who worked with Ingram to correct the issue. In the meantime, I offered copies to readers at the “Made in Connecticut” fare in Durham and was thrilled with their response. As many readers bought the new Reader’s Edition as the original format, and were delighted at the opportunity to choose the version that best matched their reading style.  Readers will be able to purchase either edition and have them signed at my upcoming live events and can now order copies directly through their favorite book stores and libraries.

In my spare time? I had the opportunity to play a surgeon in a commercial for the electronics company, Sennheiser produced by Miceli Productions. My son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jenn, are the principles. Several other family members are also featured in the video, including Jenn, two granddaughters and my niece. The product is a high quality digital microphone with companion software that supports the Apple family of products, including I-Phones and I-Pads. Slightly over three minutes long, this commercial is designed for direct promotion and the web rather than television. It was featured at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas and then at Elektronika in Germany. The link to the video is http://hubs.ly/y0J8l80

CAPA-University – May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT. I am very pleased to be presenting the workshop The First Five Pages at this year’s event. The $150 cost for the full day includes lunch and parking. The keynote speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan, is a best-selling author, winner of numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism. To learn more about the conference and/or to register, visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/. To read more about my specific presentation go to: http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/ .

Avon Library – Returning Author’s Night – Tuesday, July 21, 7pm – Avon CT

I am thrilled to have been invited to speak again at the Avon Public Library. This is a very professionally planned and run event. I and three other authors, Steve Liskow, Carole Shmurak and Cori Lynn Arnold, will be speaking about “The Reader’s Experience.” Last year’s presentations were a tremendous success, which the library staff and patrons said, “exceeded” their expectations. I fully expect this year’s presentations to be even better. More information to come.

New England Author’s Festival – Wednesday, July 29, 4-9pm – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers MA.

Once again, I will be selling and signing my books along with over 150 authors, artists and publishers at one of the premier exposition events in the northeast. This year’s event has been expanded to include a ComicCon type expo in a dedicated space. If you are an author, artist or publisher, there is still booth space available at very reasonable rates. For more information, contact Chris Obert at PearTree Publishing by visiting the site at http://peartreepublishing.net/events/authors2015info.php

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback and Kindle), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com

Up and Coming – April 2015

Injured Angels – I continue to spend most of my writing time editing the manuscript for my newest book, Injured Angels. I have reviewed all of the notes from my first round of beta readers and made substantial changes to the original manuscript as a result. I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the beta readers for their input. These people get to see all of the warts in my writing so that the rest of you do not have to. They are: Ruth Boss, Mary Casey, Anne Yuhas, Janet Ebert, Toni Escott, Grace Grab, Sadie MacDonald, Robert Grady, and Evelyn Marshack. My progress toward completing the book has slowed somewhat because of a home renovation project. Each spring we humans, like ants and other insects, engage in a flurry of activities after our long winter slow down. I am still aiming toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition is published – Sort Of. While I have a box of copies of the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition in my car, you will not find them at your local bookstore or library just yet. There is a problem with the bar code, which does not allow venues to catalogue the copies correctly. Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press, the publisher, is working with Ingram to correct the problem. In the meantime, I wanted to make copies available to readers at my direct signing events, so I ordered them with the current bar code. Readers will be able to purchase either edition and have them signed at the upcoming events listed below.

Next Door Authors Fair – Bristol Library, 5 High Street, Bristol – April 15 – 7-9 pm. I will join 15 other authors from the Bristol CT area in this fair celebrating National Library Week, 2015. While my current novel, Amanda’s Room, takes place in the Catskill area of New York, my newest book, Injured Angels, is centered in and around Bristol CT. Several of the authors will give brief presentations and light refreshments will be served.

Made in CT Expo – Durham Fair Grounds – April 18 and 19 – 11 am – 6 pm.  Although this fair runs Saturday and Sunday, I will only be there on Sunday, April 19 from 11am to 6pm. There will be several other Connecticut authors each day of the fair, along with over 150 Connecticut retail companies, crafters, food and beverage producers, artists and artisans. If the weather (and Amanda) cooperates, it should be a great activity for a spring family outing. Admission is only $3.00 and children are free. You can get additional information about the fair on their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1615956221972369/

A Star is Born?Not likely. However, I was pleased to participate in another video commercial for Miceli Productions. My son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Jenn, are the principles and one of their services is business commercials. A couple years ago, Judy and I appeared in several television commercials for Evergreen Nurseries. This past week I had the opportunity to play a surgeon in a commercial for the electronics company, Sennheiser.   It features a new product the company is rolling out next week. Several other family members are also featured, including Jenn and two granddaughters. I cannot say now what the product is, but it will support the Apple family of products, including I-Phones and I-Pads. Slightly over three minutes long, this commercial is designed for direct promotion and the web rather than television. It will be featured at the upcoming NAB trade show in Las Vegas and then at Elektronika in Germany. I hope to include a link to the video next month.

Speaking of Television. Many thanks to Tracy Rotkiewicz for interviewing me, March 11, for her cable television program, Broad Mind. I had a great time during the interview. Tracy’s questions made it easy to talk and the time went by quickly. If interested, you can view the interview on Win-TV at http://win-tv.org/whats-on-win-tv/win-tv-on-demand/broad-mind.  You can also learn more about the interview and Tracy’s show on her Broad Mind Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/BroadMindTV

Voices and Visions, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), University of Connecticut, 99 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.  Our editorial committee, which I co-chair, is meeting every Friday to prepare the publication of our fifth anniversary volume. It will once again feature the prose, poetry, visual arts and photography of participating OLLI members. Filled with wit, wisdom and beauty, the publication provides a visual feast and a literary banquet for the soul. The University of Connecticut continues to provide funding to maintain the high quality of the journal. To request a copy or one of a limited number of past volumes, contact OLLI at UCONN, Waterbury. Email: osher@uconn.edu or call 203-236-9924 or 203-236-9925. For more information on the OLLI program, visit the website at http://www.olli.uconn.edu

May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., CAPA-University, Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT. Each year, this conference provides a wealth of resources. I am very pleased to be one of the presenters for this year’s event. The cost for the full day is $150 and includes lunch and parking. To learn more and/or to register visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/.To read more about my specific presentation go to http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Breakfast
  • KEYNOTE SPEECH – Hank Phillippi Ryan. Best-selling author, Ryan, has won numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism.
  • AGENTS PANEL – Agents listen to pitches and answer questions about getting your book published.
  • FIVE MORNING SESSIONS: *Picture Books *Young Adult* Outlining for Authors* Editors’ Panel – Editors on Editing *How to Get Your Books Into Libraries, Bookstores, and Specialty Stores.
  • Luncheon
  • THE WRITERS IDOL COMPETITION – A chance to get the first page of your manuscript judged by agents anonymously.
  • FIVE EARLY AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Speculative Fiction *Writing a Mystery Series, *Life Support for Writers…Money, Money, Money *Preparing Books for Print and E-books * Social Media and Traditional Book Marketing for Mainstream and Self-Published Authors.
  • Afternoon Break
  • FIVE LATE AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Memoir *The First Five Pages *Scrivener Software Inspiration to Publication *The Different Approaches to Publishing Your Book *Seven Simple Things You Can Do to Market Your Books Online
  • THROUGHOUT THE DAY: 10-minute one-on-one meetings with agents.
  • The end of day wrap-up and raffle for prizes

 

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback and Kindle), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

 

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com

My Interview on Broad Mind

Here is my interview on Broad Mind with Tracy Rotkiewicz​. Thanks Tracy for a great interview! If you are interested in the background for all of my major book projects, this interview covers them extremely well. http://win-tv.org/whats-on-win-tv/win-tv-on-demand/broad-mind.

Tracy did an excellent job of leading the interview so as to cover a broad array of topics involving the personal motivation behind each of my writing projects and for that I am extremely thankful.

Up and Coming – March 2015

I am spending most of my time lately editing the manuscript for my newest book, Injured Angels, and I am pleased to be making real progress toward completion. I am still looking toward summer for publication. In the meantime, here are some other activities I am involved in that may be of interest.

March 15, 9 am – 5 pm, New England Craft Show, Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT (Exit 28 from I-84 east, exit 29 from I-84 west). I will be doing book signings at this 14th annual indoor event. The beautiful Aqua Turf banquet and convention facility will host over 200 crafters, including several Connecticut authors.

Voices and Visions, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), University of Connecticut, 99 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT.  I am on the OLLI Leadership Council, an active OLLI member and once again proud to co-chair the editorial committee for this annual literary and arts journal. Volume 5 will again feature the prose, poetry, visual arts and photography of participating OLLI members. Filled with wit, wisdom and beauty, the publication provides a visual feast and a literary banquet for the soul. The University of Connecticut continues to provide funding to maintain the high quality of the journal and a limited number of past volumes are available free by contacting OLLI at UCONN, Waterbury. Email: osher@uconn.edu or call 203-236-9924 or 203-236-9925. For more information on the OLLI program, visit the website at www.olli.uconn.edu

May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., CAPA-U, Hartford Steam Boiler Conference Center, 1 State Street, Hartford CT

The mission of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association is to help writers succeed in authoring, editing, publishing and marketing their work. I have been a CAPA member for many years and have benefited through information and inspiration. Each year, their annual conference —CAPA University—provides a wealth of resources. I am very pleased to be one of the presenters for this year’s event. The cost for the full day is $150 and includes lunch and parking. To learn more and/or to register visit http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/. To read more about my specific presentation go to http://aboutcapa.com/capa-u/speaker-chuck-miceli/.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Breakfast
  • KEYNOTE SPEECH – Hank Phillippi Ryan. Best-selling author, Ryan, has won numerous mystery awards, the Library Journal’s top book for 2014, and 32 Emmys for investigative journalism.
  • AGENTS PANEL – Agents listen to pitches and answer questions about getting your book published.
  • FIVE MORNING SESSIONS: *Picture Books *Young Adult* Outlining for Authors* Editors’ Panel – Editors on Editing *How to Get Your Books Into Libraries, Bookstores, and Specialty Stores.
  • Luncheon
  • THE WRITERS IDOL COMPETITION – A chance to get the first page of your manuscript judged by agents anonymously.
  • FIVE EARLY AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Speculative Fiction *Writing a Mystery Series, *Life Support for Writers…Money, Money, Money *Preparing Books for Print and E-books * Social Media and Traditional Book Marketing for Mainstream and Self-Published Authors.
  • Afternoon Break
  • FIVE LATE AFTERNOON SESSIONS: *Memoir *The First Five Pages *Scrivener Software Inspiration to Publication *The Different Approaches to Publishing Your Book *Seven Simple Things You Can Do to Market Your Books Online
  • THROUGHOUT THE DAY: 10-minute one-on-one meetings with agents.
  • The end of day wrap-up and raffle for prizes

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Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback and Kindle), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy.

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

 

 

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com

Up and Coming – February 2015

Up and Coming – February 2015

Were you wathing WTNH this morning? Yes, that was me reporting on the weather in Wolcott.

I am an occasional writer for the WXedge.com weather site for WTNH. Channel 8 contacted me about doing a Skype report during the blizzard last week but it turned out to be a nonevent for Wolcott. The producer contacted me again this morning so I went on about 9 am and Skyped from Hitchcock Lake. I liked it and hope to do more in the future.

Time to Make Good on my New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do.

As the holidays wind down and deep winter sets in, the pace of life slows for a while. The occasional heavy snowstorms (like today) and bitterly cold winter nights (like tonight) help reset the clocks of our lives.  Each January, I welcome this opportunity to examine the direction and pace of my life and I am often surprised at what the reflection reveals. I was reminded of this in a recent posting on the internet, which advised, “Direction in life is more important than speed because so many people are getting nowhere fast.”

While I have definitely gotten somewhere this past year, I realized that given the direction I have been traveling, I could end up far off from where I really want to be. There were two primary outcomes of this reality check for me this year. First is the number of books I will be working on in the immediate future and second is the kind.

When I began writing, I had three very clear books in mind. My current one, Amanda’s Room, was actually last book on the list.

Black Hell Drowning

The first and most important book is Black Hell Drowning. My dad was a coal miner in the anthracite region of eastern Pennsylvania. He was a giant of a man who, together with my mother, raised a family of eleven children. Dad was a minor by necessity rather than choice and moved the entire family to Brooklyn New York so that my siblings and I would not have to work in the mines as he did but for him, the damage had already been done. His father took him out of school in the fourth grade to work in the mines in order to help support the family, so the mines took his childhood. In his late sixties, the “black lung” robbed him of the remainder of his life.

I was angry about what the mines took from my father and wanted to write a book exposing the greed and corruption of the mine companies and the evils of the occupation. I wrote several hundred pages but the more I researched, the more I realized how complex a story this was and how emotionally, intellectually and experientially unprepared I was to tackle it. I learned, for instance, that many miners were fiercely proud of their occupations and would not choose otherwise. I also learned that many of the smaller mine owners shared the same individuality and sense of pride as the miners themselves. I also realized that to do the story justice, I would need to develop my writing skills to a much higher degree than they were. Black Hell Drowning had to wait until I matured significantly as a writer.

Injured Angels

The second book is also very important to me. The older I get, the more I see the devastating impact that the death of a beloved spouse has on the one who is left. Moreover, the deeper, more loving and longer lasting the relationship: the greater the sense of loss and emptiness. Many who experience such a loss wonder how, or if they can go on. Paradoxically, those who are closest to the person can be hindered in their efforts to help by the very closeness of the relationship. My next novel, Injured Angels, is based upon Henri Nouwen’s concept of The Wounded Healer and explores the relationship of two broken women who help each other, not despite their disabilities but because of them. I started this book several times and put it down again after each effort because, as in the case of Black Hell Drowning, I was not ready. I could not decide if the book should be fiction or non-fiction, a biography, a memoir or a romance novel. Once again, I also realized that I needed to perfect my vision for the book and my writing skills before I was ready to finish it.

That is how I ended up writing Amanda’s Room first. The book was born as a short story written on a cruise in 2005. After abandoning the other two books, I decided that this was a story I could finish. I was not emotionally tied to Amanda’s Room and it felt like a book I could have fun writing and people could have fun reading. In 2008, I picked the story up again and over the course of the next four years, rewrote it thirteen times. In the process, I learned a hell of a lot about writing. I also developed the emotional and intellectual distance I needed to return to the other book projects and that brings me full circle to my New Year’s resolution.

I realized that my greatest passion lies with the other two books I’ve described above. I am proud of how Amanda’s Room turned out. I wanted to write a book that read like a movie; one that the readers could see in their minds as they read it. From the many positive reviews and high ratings on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads, it appears that I have at least partially achieved that goal. Additionally, I mentioned in last month’s Up and Coming that there were some exciting developments in the works for Amanda’s Room.

Is Hollywood in Amanda’s Future?

In November, I was contacted by a screenwriter who had heard about the book and me. After reading it, he said he could readily envision the scenes in his mind and was interested in writing the screenplay. We met several more times and in January entered into a contract. The review draft of the screenplay is scheduled for July and the finished script sometime in September. Anyone in the writing profession knows that it is a long road from the conception of an idea to seeing it in reality, but this is certainly a meaningful step in the process.

Right now, I am finishing the first round edits for Injured Angels. It is my practice to provide a draft manuscript to a team of reviewers and ask them to tell me what gets in the way of it being a good reading experience. Every author writes the book that he or she loves to read; successful authors write the books that others want to read. To find out if I am writing books others want to read, I ask them. Fortunately, the first round reviewers have been very candid in their feedback and have given me valuable insight and direction. When the first round edits are complete, I will give it to another round of reviewers and repeat the process. Then I will give it to my professional editors for final polishing before publishing. By then (hopefully by summer the latest) I hope to provide you with a book that will be worthy of your time and attention.

Atlantis Crossing is on Hold

What I do not expect to be writing soon is the book I mentioned in earlier editions of Up and Coming: The Atlantis Crossing. In evaluating where I am going with my writing, I realized that I was doing the expected thing in the industry: creating a series. The Atlantis Crossing was going to be an action-adventure featuring the main protagonist from Amanda’s Room: Katie Jarvis. While this could be a fun book to write at some time in the future, my passion lies is in completing Injured Angels, and then revisiting and completing that first and most important piece of work, Black Hell Drowning.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition

Hopefully, the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition will be available to book stores and libraries sometime in February or March. This edition is shorter and smaller, and eliminates the weather –related chapter headings and some of the earlier character-focused chapters. It will be a faster, easier read for those readers who would rather simply read the story than try to figure out the additional connections within the book.

I am booking some public appearances for March now but will hold off until next month to talk about them. That’s it for now. My best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy and successful start to the New Year.

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Miceli

Know someone who hasn’t read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

Local

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

iDeals Outlet, 2165 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Marion, CT, 860-329-0027

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

Walsh’s IGA Market, 1786 Meriden Road, Wolcott, CT

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

On-line

Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (paperback).

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy.

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

authorchuckmiceli.com