I’m happy to say that Swing Time: A Swing Dancing, Time Warping Story has been given a warm reception since its debut, including a nice feature by Gordon Freireich of the York Daily Record that includes a couple of excellent photos of the Valencia Ballroom in York. (For you York area fans, Gordon’s column will appear in the August 9, 2020 edition of the paper, that is, the paper which you can actually hold and in which you can wrap your lunch.)
Sharp observers will note that the e-book cover and the paperback cover contain different graphics. That is because the cover that I created for the e-book was not in a format that Amazon would accept for the paperback cover. (Weird, but whatever.) I was obviously able to use the same photo, which is the main element, and since I liked both sets of graphics, I kept both covers. You collectors will need to order one of each!
The e-book version is a great value in any case, because it contains YouTube links to all the songs mentioned. (Be careful: Music has a way of transporting you through time, just ask Chance and Faith!)
Baseball usually finds its way into all my books, and it was tempting to make Chance and Mr. Tommy big baseball fans, especially since the latter can see FNB Field on City Island where the AA Harrisburg Senators play from his front porch. I resisted that temptation, but when it turned out that Mr. Tommy had driven a cab in Harrisburg, then it was natural for him to have worked for Spottswood Poles, a former Negro League star, who did, indeed, own a cab company in Harrisburg. Not only that, but Poles was born in Winchester, VA where I live, so I was able to make several little connections with just one detail.
I’m very surprised to say that a sequel is in the works. And by “works,” I mean in my head. Not a single sentence on paper yet, but then I had no thought about a sequel until driving up the Shenandoah Valley last Tuesday, when one idea was followed by two thoughts which were followed by three scenes, and before I knew it, an entirely new story was gestating. It opens with Chance and Faith dancing at the Mimslyn Inn in Luray, Virginia. There’s something about those grand old buildings and ballrooms from the swing era that attracts me! Give me six months to a year, though, to actually write it.
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Again, thank you for your support and encouragement. Oh, and if after reading Swing Time you start thinking that you should learn to dance, why yes, you should definitely learn to dance!