My novel has a new cover and a bunch of errors fixed! The print version will take a few days, but that will get the new cover soon as well. I liked the earlier version, but it was dark and a little scary, while I feel this cover expresses the feel of the book much more accurately.
As always, buying a book is the best way to support the blog. It takes a of of time and money to keep up, and the few dollars I make off each sale let’s us keep going.
Here’s the link to Amazon (and the book description). Thank you again for all your support!
“The first novel by Guy New York, The Island on the Edge of Normal, follows James from New York City to the coast of Maine where he struggles to forget his past by destroying his memories one page at a time. As he settles into his new life, he finds himself falling in love with Issa, the married women whose house he is sharing. When he learns that Issa and Paul have an open marriage he’s forced to make decisions he’s tried hard to avoid.
But the more comfortable he becomes, the more his past returns, until suddenly it arrives on the island in the form of Jane, the woman he’s been trying so hard to forget. Even as James learns about non-jealous husbands, handsome tourists, polyamory, and growing up on the edge of normal, he’s still consumed by guilt, fear, and a deep-seated anger that he doesn’t fully understand and can’t let go.
A tale of love, lust, and redemption, The Island on the Edge of Normal pushes the boundaries of what it means to create, destroy, and forgive.”
The delightful, sexy, and brilliant kinkycasey was kind enough to interview me about my novel.
Here’s what she posted:
Book Review: “The Island on The Edge of Normal” by Guy New York
I just finished the highly enjoyable novel, “The Island on The Edge of Normal” by Guy New York and I loved it! It left me with a lot of questions about polyamory for myself as well as the author. So, in lieu of doing a book review (which I’ve been doing with other novels) I asked Guy if he’d answer a few questions about his book for me.
Being the sweetie he is, he said yes!
If you’re interested even the slightest in polyamory (or you don’t have time for a vacation but need to spend some time on the beach), pick up The Island on The Edge of Normal. It’s not Guy’s usual erotica, but I think you’ll like it.
If you’d like to read my interview with Guy, read on…...
I always want to say yes to this question, but at the end of the day it’s mostly fiction. It’s somewhat of an emotional autobiography, although that’s not completely right either. I do think of it as Guy New York’s origin story, so maybe there’s something to that. It’s the biography of my pen name?
That said, I have struggled with writing about people I know. I didn’t think that was so when I started though. It was just a plot point for why James moved to the island, but as I kept on writing, I realized it was a hang-up of mine as well. Especially when I’m writing about sex. And especially if it just happened. Now I mostly know who in my life is comfortable with me sharing parts of our story and who isn’t. And when I’m unsure, I’m pretty good at asking.
I wrote the first draft of this book more than ten years ago. It was before I was married, open, or even doing much writing. It sat on my shelf for a long time in old spiral notebooks, and then a few years back it starting talking to me again. I loved the characters and the setting as much as anything else, so I gutted it completely and re-wrote it into something else.
I wanted to write about polyamory in a way that felt real and relevant to me, but for a long time it read like a textbook. There were pages and pages of conversation that were really just meant to educate and they didn’t make for very good reading. When I dug deeper into the characters and their motivations (with the help of my brilliant editor Rose), I finally escaped from my own processing back into storytelling.
So, in many ways I didn’t think about it. I’ve always wanted to write a novel, and after a few years of blogging, it was a joy to spend long periods of time focusing on one thing.
I wrote about thirty percent of it on a small island off the coast of New Hampshire called Star. It’s a family conference center without any cars or businesses other than the old hotel and surrounding buildings, but geologically very similar to the Island in the book. My descriptions of storms and waves and flowers all came from sitting out on the rocks staring at the world around me and trying to wrangle the images into complete sentences.
I had a lot of dipping my toe into polyamory before I knew enough to think it through. I openly dated a few girls in highschool at the same time, and in college I had a partner who was sleeping with other people, but I did a highly mediocre job of communicating. I didn’t know what I wanted, how to express it, or how to ask for it. I was very caught up in my own head, and while I never felt monogamous, I didn’t understand, or even realize, that there were valid alternatives.
A few years before I got married a friend suggested we read the Ethical Slut, and that was the first time I was able to put into words many of the thoughts that had been going through my head. My partner and I talked about it for over a year before we worked out what made sense for us, and then we just dove in. She was at a conference for a week with the same people who gave us the book, and so we put down some guidelines and said go for it. She came back with a boyfriend, I hooked up with an old friend, and within a few months we were both in serious relationships with people we adored.
And as a note, much of the dialog from Issa and Paul did come directly from our new partners at the time, who just happened to be a married couple. So, maybe there is some autobiography in there after all.
The Ethical Slut was an eye opener for both me and my wife. It gave us the language to talk about what we wanted and had nice little worksheets that let us work through our thoughts. I also love Sex At Dawn because it made me feel normal for the first time in my life.
The most useful book for me in the process was not on polyamory at all, but was actually a book called A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield. It’s a book on mindfulness practice and meditation, and it was invaluable as I learned to sit with difficult and complicated emotions.
There are far more resources out there now than ever before from podcasts, to books, to blogs. What I still find interesting is that I almost never meet anyone who does poly like anyone else. There are so many ways to do non-monogamy, and I’m a big advocate of finding what speaks to us personally. So, I would look a few things over and find something with a voice that feels good to you.
Wow. I just got this smoking hot photo of an incredibly sexy woman reading my novel. I think it’s safe to say she’s enjoying it. I can’t even…
If you’d like your own copy you can find it at Amazon both on Kindle and in Print. And of course, if you’d like to send me your own awesome photos I’d be happy to post/reblog them as well (with your permission of course).
Thank you my dear for an incredibly hot photo. I’m going to go take a shower. A very long shower.
On December 14th I published my first novel, The Island on The Edge of Normal. Here are a few of the early Amazon reviews.
Delightfully refreshing view of polyamory. A great first novel
I found this novel very real, it stays very involved. I found myself really investing in the characters. I honestly was very sad to see it end. I hope the story continues for James. — From MP
A sweet, sweet tale of a man struggling with all sorts of things…
Guy’s heart shines through his words in this beautiful, sexy polyromance novel set off the coast of Maine. — From KG
A wonderful first novel
Yes, there are plenty of Guy New York’s trademark hot sex scenes among various combinations of the book’s characters, including male-on-male. Those scenes alone makes it worth a read for any fans already familiar with his work, and a great introduction of his style for new readers. Guy is also a master at giving most of his stories a touch of romanticism, and he does it well with this tale. — From DD
I opened my notebook and reread the few pages from the night before. I forgot about the details and the feeling of skin on skin. I focused on my words and my sentences like they were strangers I was meeting for the first time. I turned to a blank page and I tried again.
Jane looks over my shoulder as I write and it makes me more self conscious than if she were a judge for the Booker Prize. She says that she likes to watch, and since I get to see her paint, it’s only fair. But I delete more sentences than I put down while she’s here even though she never says a word.
One night she lights a cigarette, and I write an entire chapter describing the smoke as it leaves her mouth. For the rest of the night I wait for her to ask me about it. I wait for questions or thoughts, but they never come. We cook dinner and we watch a movie on the couch, but my writing is left behind without a word.
When I begin my new novel, “The Locksmith’s Daughter,” I make a rule. There is to be no looking on as I type. I need a room with a closed door and nothing else around me. Even coffee shops and bars make me nervous.
She accepts without a word, and for thirteen months we don’t discuss it. We talk about the business side of my life, and we talk schedule and covers. She has dinners with me and my agent, but the book is a secret locked up inside me that only she can’t access. It’s mine in a way I don’t understand, and as much as I cherish my solitude, I begin to long for her to ask me again. I need her interest and her excitement to keep me going.
The longer it goes on, the more obsessed I become, and with each new chapter, the story is more and more about Jane…
—From my new novel, The Island on the Edge of Normal now available on Kindle and in Print. (The photo is from yesterday afternoon at Lillie’s near Union Square. Good friends, printed books, and just a few manhattans.)
I wrote a novel! And I’m very excited to share it with you.
I’ve been working on this book for far too long, but after hiring the brilliant and amazing Rose Fox as my editor, I finally was able to pull it together. Rose helped me turn a somewhat rambling story into a real book that I hope you will thoroughly enjoy.
So here it is, The Island on the Edge of Normal.
I’ll write some other posts about the book itself, but for now I just wanted to say thank you. I would never have had the nerve, the energy, or the faith to write and publish a novel on my own if it wasn’t for the Tumblr community. Every little like and re-blog has given me the push to keep on writing, and your support has been overwhelming and inspiring.
If you’re curious about the novel you can read the first three or four chapter on Amazon (only on the Kindle page). It’s available both as a Kindle book and also as a paperback (which you can still get before x-mas!).
The Kindle version of The Island on the Edge of Normal is here.
And the paperback version is here (on Amazon) and also on Create Space (where I get a much higher royalty for some reason.)
Thank you again for all your love and support these past three years.
Guy New York
ps. Amazon formatting issues have been fixed.