I was asked, “Why did you write your book. Tell me in a way that will make me want to buy your book.”
First things first. The simple reason I wrote this or any book is love. You’ve got to love your main character as if they were your own. And I love Horace. I loved him as a young boy who gets to work with the Wright Brothers just because his father got a job as a lifeguard in Kitty Hawk…Wait I’m going about this wrong. Let me start before Horace came to life.
I love history. It fascinates me. There is always truth there. What happened defined out future or the past. You can always find comfort in knowing the good or the bad about history. For the same reasons, I love reading historical novels. As a novelist, I’m always thinking of great ideas, and as luck would have it I thought of Little Big Man, (I don’t want to get into telling the story behind Little Big Man, but if you’ve seen the movie, you would know.) For weeks I couldn’t shake the feeling that the story should be told, but instead of the old west, I needed to change the time and place. Thus Horace Chance was born.
Then I came up with the title The Last Chance, but for him to be the last Chance everybody that he loved would have to precede him in death, Yup, every one of them. Easy, right. Nope. First, it would take a believable age, not so young or too old. I finally settled on 108, He was born in 1893 and grants and interview a few weeks after 9-11, perfect. Now I have a whole bunch of loved one in need of dying. I suppose you’ll need to buy the book to find out how and why.
It is fascinating. I can honestly say I have taken an iconic century and brought is to life.
What do you have to lose? Take a chance. Step into the pages and get to know Horace Chance.