I’m excited to announce the release of my fourth novel, Alph Beta!
Upon hearing the news that his younger sister is going to be married, struggling self-published writer Alphonse Walczynski begins to contemplate how comparatively little he’s made of his life. He’s working on a novel about Alfred, another self-published writer trying to cope with the possibility that he may have Huntington’s Disease. And Alfred, in turn, is writing a story about a futuristic world facing a widespread trend of mysterious deaths.
Full of tongue-in-cheek self-insertions, sharp dialogue, bitterness, gloom, and an extra helping of faith in humanity, Alph Beta embraces sunshine and shadow as Alph sets out to improve his writing and accidentally learns to improve himself.
It’s one of the quirkier things I’ve written in a while, I think. I’ve had some trouble nailing down a genre for it. It’s definitely metafictional, but beyond that things get a little murky. One of the three plotlines is a soft dystopian sci-fi story, but the other two aren’t. There’s a lot of humor, but I’m not sure it qualifies as a straight-up comedy. Perhaps it’s just a hybrid.
But regardless of how it’s categorized, I’m pretty pleased with it and I hope you’ll check it out!