Hi everyone! I am so excited to have Joseph Moldover on my blog today. His debut novel, Every Moment After, releases April 9th from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He’s here to talk about his experience of debuting a novel while being introverted. I think many of us in the book community who are introverted can totally relate to the struggles Joseph shares. I loved his thoughts and post, so I hope you enjoy, follow him on your social media, and check out his in April!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Ever Moment After
by Joseph Moldover
Publication: April 9, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Best friends Matt and Cole grapple with their changing relationships during the summer after high school in this impactful, evocative story about growing up and moving on from a traumatic past.
Surviving was just the beginning.
Eleven years after a shooting rocked the small town of East Ridge, New Jersey and left eighteen first graders in their classroom dead, survivors and recent high school graduates Matt Simpson and Cole Hewitt are still navigating their guilt and trying to move beyond the shadow of their town’s grief. Will Cole and Matt ever be able to truly leave the ghosts of East Ridge behind? Do they even want to?
As they grapple with changing relationships, falling in love, and growing apart, these two friends must face the question of how to move on—and truly begin living.
GUEST POST: JOSEPH MOLDOVER
I’m in a funny situation.
I’m sitting here, late in the afternoon, and I’m trying to be popular. With a book due to come out in just under two months it seems like the right time to start (actually, I’m probably a little late.) I’m trying to make friends with other writers, with potential readers, with book sellers, and I’m reaching out to the world via Twitter and Facebook and Goodreads.
It’s slow going.
Many writers are introverts. We do what we do in the quiet of empty rooms, or maybe alone at a table in a café, studiously avoiding contact with the people around us, and it’s a peculiar twist that the success of a published work comes at the price of trading away our comfortable introverted ways. You will note that I said I’m trying to be popular, and I am, so maybe this confession is a mistake, but: not everything about publishing a book is happy. Some of it is actually terrifying. I know, I know, getting a book deal and then complaining about the attention and publicity is one of the more hateful things an author can do. I hate me, too, for saying it. But in the few remaining moments before a mob shows up with their torches and pitchforks, allow me to explain.
Writing is the perfect job for an introvert. I can’t even tell you how quiet it was when I wrote my book. I was at my kitchen table and it was the middle of the night. My wife was asleep, my children were asleep, and you were probably asleep, too. It was calm, it was dark, it was just me in a cocoon.
It was pretty great.
From the safety of that quiet I could find ways to write about things that I would rarely share. Things like romanticism, and insecurity, and grief. If serious topics come up in real day-to-day interactions, my instinct is to hide behind a layer of mildly sarcastic, slightly impersonal, subtly distancing irony. In writing, I’ve been able to create a place for my feelings and my truths to be packaged up in a fictional bundle of places and characters and events that are not, strictly speaking, real…but at a deeper level it’s actually more real, and it’s mine.
For an introvert who has spent a lifetime not sharing my innermost feelings it’s a strange and uncomfortable experience. It’s outside of the cocoon (and it’s getting further outside with each day that brings me closer to my release date). It’s the idea that something I wrote at my kitchen table will soon be out there for all to read.
Here’s something else, though: the only thing scarier than the idea of people reading the book is the idea of people not reading it. The thing we love about books is that they connect us to people we have never met and transmit emotions in a way that lets us know that we are not alone. However, the majority of the people in the world will be indifferent to any given book. A few will inevitably be critical of it. But some will read it and will respond, will connect, and that’s what matters. It’s what makes the hard work of writing and the epic vulnerability of publishing worthwhile, and it is my deepest hope for my novel.
On that note, let me hasten to add that I am deeply appreciative of the stars that aligned to put my book out into the universe. I appreciate my agent; I appreciate my editor and my publisher and my publicist; and I very much appreciate my wife, who lovingly nudges me to put something up on any social media platform. Most of all, though, I appreciate you and every time you pick up a book. It’s what we authors are hoping for the most. It’s why we venture out of the cocoon.
Joseph Moldover is the author of Every Moment After, a Young Adult novel about friendship, hope, and love in the distant aftermath of a school shooting. It will be published on April 9 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He’d be thrilled if you’d support his ongoing efforts to become popular by following him at @jmoldover and josephmoldover.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joseph Moldover is a writer and clinical psychologist who lives and works in the Boston area. He has written a number of short stories (often under the name Joseph Sloan), as well as works of nonfiction focusing on issues of health and disability. He is the grandson of the novelist Sloan Wilson, author of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
Every Moment After is his debut novel, and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April, 2019.