If you didn't know this yet, I live in South Africa, Jon, the photographer for I Wrote This For You lives in Germany (previously Japan), my publisher lives in Canada and my books are printed in England. The vast majority of my readership resides in America, Asia and the rest of the world.
This is great because I’ve always believed in creating things that are universal and this setup helps keep me true to that.
The problem is, besides a brief book tour at the start of this year and online, I don’t really get to interact with the phenomenal, kind and wonderful people who read what I write.
My new book, Intentional Dissonance, like a lot of the things I do, deals with finding meaning in chaos. It’s about finding something in the noise. And it’s a very noisy book. There are trees that talk, the main character is addicted to a drug that causes sadness and the entire thing takes place in the last city on Earth, 10 years after the official end of the world. There’s also a bunch of ghosts, people caught in horrible teleportation accidents that force them to repeat their last moments over and over again, forever. It’s not I Wrote This For You. It’s something else.
I wanted to do something special for the launch of the book that celebrated and made real the feeling of finding meaning in the noise and so, in currently limited quantities, I have ‘signed’ several digital copies of the book with my voice.
I took the cover design, imported it into an audio editing suite as raw data, then read my name and a few sentences from the book over the noise. The audio was then exported as raw data and converted back into an image. In a time where everything digital is impersonal and generic, it’s a way to do something that makes each copy special.
And it’s the closest I can get to giving something personal and unique back to the readers who have done so much for me.
The book comes out on amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and everywhere else on the 7th of December but you can preorder one of the digitally signed copies right now from here.
This is what they look like.
Thank you for your time and for reading,