• Solomon Petchers

The Day Has Arrived (Finally!)

I started writing A Ghost in the Attic about 20 years ago. It didn't take this long because I was writing America's next great novel. Before I continue, let me go back before I move forward. I've always enjoyed the art of story telling. After being diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 18, I was granted a lot of time to write stories. Being a fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I already knew what genre I was interested in. So, I wrote. Deep in the back of my mind, I wanted to get published, but to be honest, I lacked the confidence to put anything out there. I wasn't a stellar English student in high school and my very first college writing professor told me that I should definitely seek out a career that doesn't involve writing...of any sort. A Ghost in the Attic was mostly written in my late 20s. I've edited and re-edited dozens of times. I've read the tale to countless students over the years and it was always received well. So, I knew this was a story worth sharing, but confidence in myself left me hesitating. Having others read your work is the ultimate in vulnerability for me. Yikes, the thought still sends shivers down my spine. However, I knew as a father, teacher, and former coach, that I had to get this story out there. Like I said, it's not because it's the next great thing, but because fear shouldn't be my guide. I hope you enjoy the journey into the attic and find some kind of meaning for yourself. At the very least, I pray you just enjoy it.


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