February 22nd, 2012
The printed galley has been corrected and sent back to the printer. It’s amazing that I can still find things to correct after umpteen drafts. Unless something out of the ordinary crops up in the next galley, this should be it. I know this screams ‘Newbie Writer’, but it was incredibly cool to finally get a printed copy of the book, cover and all. It’s a book now, not just a manuscript.
There’s a fun interview with me on The Lit Chick Show: http://www.litchickshow.com/. I put together a little takeoff of MTV Cribs in at the beginning.
There’s also a nice review of Trial of Tears on the Jersey Girl site: http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/02/trial-of-tears-by-chris-semal.html
Chris Semal was born in New York City in 1959 and has lived there all his life. He is aware that other places exist and likes to visit them from time to time, but the city is a hard mistress to resist and he keeps going back to her. A musician, singer and songwriter, he has played pretty much every rock club in Manhattan at one time or another since the late 70s and went to school at the University of Miami to study Music Engineering, coming back north to do the only obvious thing possible, becoming a municipal bond broker and eventually working as a consultant building financial models. In the early part of the millennium, between both consulting and band gigs, he thought it might be interesting to see what would happen if he expanded on the 80 or so words he used in writing song lyrics and went for the 80,000 he would need for a novel. And so Trial Of Tears was born, along with a passion for developing plots and characters.
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