128 pages, approx.
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Tilda Fitzgerald and Robert Madison are strangers with a common goal. Each of them wants a quiet, uneventful journey to Haiti aboard the steamer Chantilly Lace. Standing in their way are dipsomaniacs, OCD clean freaks and violent white supremacists – and that’s just the members of the ship’s crew.
Things go from bad to worse when the ship is thrown off course, forcing the disparate group of stragglers to band together in order to stay alive. Little do they know that a powerful figure is lurking in the shadows, toying with their fates in ways they can barely comprehend. As their adventure continues, they face incredible danger, meet unbelievable peril and spend a disproportionate amount of time talking about pineapples.
A pacey mixture of action and comedy, “Authorland” is a metaphysical ripping yarn about the nature of stories and those who tell them.
“Authorland” was written for the International 3 Day Novel competition, the masochistic writing marathon. That draft was shortlisted, but didn’t win. This draft has been re-worked and polished a bit. I originally published it under the name “Dave Frek”, for some reason.
A couple of years on, I still think it’s a good read. It knows its own flaws and by the end, makes virtues of them.