Welcome to the world of Larry Tobin. I hope that means you've had a chance to read "Pressing Matters" and that has sparked an interest to see what more might be coming. If you haven't had the chance to read it yet, I hope you find it enjoyable reading.
The basic writing was the product of a year of the most difficult, yet satisfying work I've ever done. Proofing, rewriting, tweaking, and finding a publisher took longer. Like most first time novelists, I suspect, there is a lot of me in the book. You write about things you know. Still, as my friends have already asked, this is not about the town I live in nor is it about anyone I know. Novels are fiction and fiction is the figment of someone's imagination. "Pressing Matters" is just that – a figment of my creation.
Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes. In my summer between 11th and 12th grades, I ran into a former grade school classmate at a local swimming pool. We attended different high schools. The first thing he asked me was whether I still got in trouble in class for hiding a novel inside a textbook and reading that instead of what I was supposed to be doing. I broke up laughing at the thing that he remembered me most for.
Fiction is a way to place yourself in another world – a world where your own imagination can set the course. Every class, from elementary school through college has important value. But it's the application of those courses through imagination that sparks true growth in the world.
My reading has evolved from the likes of "Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn," Robinson Crusoe," and "The Swiss Family Robinson," in my youth to my new group of favorite authors like Ivan Doig, Robert John Waller, Larry Watson, and Larry McMurtry. Terry C. Johnston, author of 31 historically precise works of western fiction, was a friend and mentor who I miss greatly.
So, keep reading. I hope I can become one of your favorite authors. I do have lots more in my head, including one "under construction" as the highway department says.
Thanks for your interest and I'd appreciate your comments through this web site. I'm always looking to improve.
Larry M. Tobin