3-5 minute read for anyone interested in where the inspiration for What We Never Had came from, what challenges I encountered, what advice I’d give to fellow writers and where I see the publishing industry heading.
“Art is connection. And yes. We need it desperately. In a world in which empathy is under a digital siege, and propaganda is sharpening our fears into murderous hatred, we desperately need art so we might connect our experiences to other people’s experiences, and in so doing recognize our shared humanity.”
Check out this excerpt from a longer interview (posted below) I recently did with Bay Area filmmaker Jai Jai Noire.
In the longer interview, I discuss writing in the second person, the inspiration for the the book’s characters, my writing process, the socio-political landscape of 2003 and the way in which that landscape shaped the characters.
Finally, here’s me reading an excerpt from the novel. Enjoy!
Please join me for a reading, discussion and book signing on September 15th at 7PM at Diesel, a Bookstore, on College Ave in Oakland. Find all the event details here.
More events on the way, including:
- 9/29: An evening of highbrow literary luminosity with Calder G. Lorenz at The Booksmith, in San Francisco.
- 9/30: Los Angeles Book Launch at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park. (More info coming soon.)
By the way, follow this link to see the updated cover with blurbs from force of nature Joshua Mohr and actual rock star Alex Ebert.
A stunning debut reminiscent of Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came To An End, Zach Wyner’s What We Never Had is a fresh and interesting new voice in American literary fiction.
I’m very excited to announce that my first novel, What We Never Had, is being published by Rare Bird Books.
It’ll be out September 13.
From the press release:
Meet Josh, a paragon for the modern postcollegiate. He has a job with no upward path, and a dysfunctional relationship with his ex. Through his work with teenagers, he begins to find definition through the haze, gradually discovering purpose and a measure of self-respect. After two shiftless friends take up residence in his apartment, using his couch as a podium to rail against the world, he takes stock of who he is versus who he wants to be. And when his troubled ex finds herself in real danger, Josh can’t resist the allure of playing the savior, but now he may have a little wisdom on his side.