The Dirt

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A new title, The Dirt, is now available from Giddings Street Press. Set in the Four Corner region of the American Southwest, this novel is a departure for me. Most of what I write is science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, mystery and horror. With The Dirt, I’ve chosen to explore mysticism. This n9vel asks the questions: Do we create the reality we expect? Are there objective truths ‘out there’?

The story follows Yale Forestall, a small town cowhand with some pretty severe deficits that defy diagnosis. He doesn’t speak in terms the rest of us can automatically understand. Using uncommon meanings for ordinary terms, it’s apparent to anyone who encounters Yale that he suffers from a language disorder. But that’s just the beginning of his woe. When he tries to rescue a child abandoned in a Wal-Mart parking lot, hiss expressive language disability prevents him from adequately defending himself. The end result is a petition to have the State declared his guardian.

Enter Miles Holland, a refugee from Chicago who’s hung out his shingle to practice counseling. He hung a different shingle and was a counselor of a different kind back East, where a high profile criminal case went horribly wrong, costing him his career. Yale wants Miles to act as his lawyer as well as his expert witness, and the case takes grave twists from there. Miles believes that Yale has a special gift for mystical experience.

Is Yale putting his lawyer on? Is Miles conning himself? To find out, read this novel of mainstream contemporary fiction which chronicles the changing way of life down in the Four Corners.