My 2017 blog entries so far have focused mostly on photography, so I think it’s about time I wrote one about the second goal of my creative dream: becoming a full-time writer. I’ve been creating stories ever since I moved out to California, about seventeen years now, and I’m currently editing my newest fiction novel American Vineyard. It’s a coming-of-age mystery about friendship, bullies, and growing up in the 80s. I wrote the book fifteen years ago. I have no idea why I decided to wait so long to finally publish it (it must have been God’s design), but I’m pleased I’m finally taking this crucial step to now see it in print. The story is probably the best piece of art that I’ve ever created. I suppose my critics will say that statement doesn’t mean much, but I’ll just tune them out like I’ve always done through the years (with both writing and photography). I’m proud of this novel. Really, really proud. I reminds me what it was like to be a kid, the beautiful and awkward moments alike, and it teaches me something new no matter how many times I’ve read it.
It’s my hope American Vineyard does the same for others when they read it. I hope the story sweeps them away on an unexpected journey, and brings them back with a vision of the world that’s a little brighter than the one they’d had before opening the book. And maybe they’ll turn to the first chapter again after finishing it, and take the journey one more time.
And become a kid again.
(Vincent Lowry – Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)