Well, it seems my novels are in a competition to see who comes out first. Literally, who will be published first? It’s as if my children, of different ages, had decided that order of birth was no longer important and had freed themselves from the construct of time.
Some may say I’m just a disorganized writer, but the fact is I work on many projects simultaneously, pushing on a rewrite, or a first draft, or a cover design, until I exhaust myself or fall off the productivity wagon. Sometimes I’ll get a glimpse of the world news, and it seems the theme of one of my books is pushing itself to the forefront, begging to be addressed, and I see that my book could contribute to the popular discourse. Then I make a superhuman effort to get it done. So, sometimes a book project will vault over the others like a hurdle jumper and suddenly come out in front.
But the truth is I have no idea which book will finish first. Because some things are out of my control. And rather than sit there idle, waiting for a particular review to come in, or for a copy editor to finish her work, I just take up another task. I’m an extremely impatient person and being idle would simply drive me bonkers.
Anyhow, enough pontificating about my peculiar style of writing. Today, I wanted to show that THE MOST GREAT LAW is almost finished, as you see, we have a cover. The rewrite is done. It’s all now in the hands of test readers and copy editors.
The synopsis is included below, and so is my progress map. Let me know if the cover makes you want to read the book. Let me know if the synopsis grabs you. I really treasure your opinion. Sign up to be notified when it comes out.
Please keep all good thoughts coming my way, so that very soon, it gets to be a reality (a published book).
Synopsis: The Most Great Law
By Rhea Harmsen
A strange menagerie in an unlikely setting. Jack Wolinski, a young white architect with a crazy scheme and some maxed-out credit cards. Fiona Reed, a very young sista with the brass of a CEO and the innocence of a nun. Ottis Reed, a Denzel-like construction foreman with a penchant for poetry. And Towana Jackson, a desperate single mother with too many pounds and too many kids. Their lives intersect at the juncture of Drexel Boulevard and 47th Street.
It’s a wild bid to turn a corner of the ghetto into paradise. Starting with boarded up, urine-smelling, condemned properties. Aiming for yuppie south side “revitalization,” and urban gardens. A mad venture that sucks them into a vortex of hard work, laughter, and near-bankruptcy hoping to find dignity, love and healing.
But what the heart longs for and the eyes crave, you must not touch. It’s the truth about race in America. Complicated and perilous. You can lose your heart, you can lose your soul, you can even lose your life. It’s the most challenging issue sabotaging the American dream. A challenge that can only be conquered by The Most Great Law.