Back in the Saddle Again/ 2nd Run of “The Mandolin Case” now available
Last night my agent notified me that my book is back in print and can again be ordered from Amazon. (and other locations) We’re back in the saddle again. He said it has now been sold in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and Australia, and of course here at home. I’ve had readers from Israel and Turkey e-mail to say they’ve ordered it. When I started I wasn’t sure I’d sell eight books, but to be in eight countries!? I can’t understand it all.
It has already been a most unusual ride. In real life I’m just what I have told y’all I am, a country doctor who plays mandolin on his weekends off. I am slightly above average and have a fine wife, two kids, and a mutt dog. I live in a mundane suburban home. If it weren’t for my weekend gig with the bluegrass crowd, all I’d have to write about would be retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy, which would bore everyone so bad I’d have no readers left.
But I do have my music. When the 5:00 train whistle blows, I turn into an artist. I can’t help it. It lets me remember youth, but without all the troubles that go along with inexperience. It reminds me of October mornings on my grandmother’ s farm when I’d write stories and get those little blue ribbons at school the next day. With my writing, I have found all kinds of new friends. I like to believe my words have encouraged a few people along the way.
The thought of bluegrass being read about in all those countries moves me. A large part of what I wanted to do was bring this music to new people. I didn’t see how folks could read about Indie and Bones and not want to know more about why we are so passionate about our music. My dream is that people will come to understand the “power of music to heal” and put aside their differences. You can’t waste too much energy hating people and learn to play the fiddle; that thing is a beast. (Indie was a fine fiddler) The doctor part of my brain is practical enough to know the process will never be finished, but the artist and dreamer in me has to keep trying.
We’re back in the saddle again. I don’t have any idea where the ride will take me, but I’m gonna follow the bluegrass road wherever it leads. It isn’t a matter of choice; I have to.
If y’all love bluegrass or just like “The Mandolin Case” go over and give me a five-star rating on Amazon. It helps the cause. If you don’t like it just tell ’em John Doe wrote it, whoever he is. He’s famous and you won’t hurt his feelings.
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