Genre: Thriller / Psychological Thriller / Women’s Fiction Published by: Pegasus/Norton Publication Date: 10/15/13 Number of Pages: 288 ISBN: 978-1-60598-480-3 Purchase Links:
** Note: Explicit sexual scenes
To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. Working at the local college and unsuccessful in his previous relationships, he’d been feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, “a great beast of a birthday,” as he sees it, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest talent, is flattered by Sam’s attention. But their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia.
Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam’s relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches—and Julia becomes less and less sure whom to trust.
A Strange Job
What a weird thing it is to be a writer. To sit in a room all day by yourself and think about people who don’t exist, to follow them around, to follow them even into the bedroom or the bathroom if you have to, which sounds practically pathological. What kind of sick person gets a thrill out of that? And to think there are other equally disturbed people out there who will read the detailed notes of a wingnut like this. The world is a remarkable place, full of mystery.
Sometimes I laugh at things my characters say, and when I do that, I think it concerns my wife. She’ll tap on the door to my office and ask if everything’s all right, what I’m laughing at, if perhaps I’ve been on the phone. But I haven’t. I’ve just been writing. Oh, she’ll say, do you think maybe you should take a break?But I don’t. Because I’m part of that strange and obsessive breed of collectors and cataloguers and peeping Toms who get a kick out of seeing how made-up people wiggle their way out of made-up dilemmas.
Why spend so much time at this? Why read and write for hours about fake people in fake places doing fake things?
In some way, for those of us who love books, these imagined worlds feel as real as our own, and allow us to see and say things we don’t quite have the opportunity to in our real lives. So if you’re anything like me (and I’m guessing you are if you’re reading this post), don’t worry, your secret’s safe with me.