I’m so excited that my first novel came out this week! It’s called Childless, and tells the story of a childless child psychologist named Harvey Sumner who tries to foil a U.S. government plot to remove childhood from the human genome. That’s right! No more childhood! In the future, through genetic engineering, a person will just go from birth to adulthood in a matter of minutes (in the book I call them Popcorn Adults!).
I’ve been working on this novel in one way or another for the past thirty-two years, although the actual writing of it goes back only twenty-two years. Still, that’s a long time, and it feels very good to finally have it come out. I published it on Amazon, through their Kindle Direct Publishing platform, and it’s available from them either in ebook (for Kindle, tablets, or mobile) or paperback. Eventually, it should also become available on Barnes & Noble, in bookstores, and through other outlets. But for now, Amazon is the best place to go. Here’s a quick summary of the plot from the Amazon detail page:
Dr. Harvey Sumner has a dirty little secret. Although he’s a world renowned child psychologist with honors galore and the scion of a long line of child healers, he’s childless and hasn’t worked professionally with a single child for over thirty years.
The tension between his fame and the reality of his life finally reaches a breaking point when he’s kidnapped by the U.S. government and held in a bunker twelve floors below the National Institutes of Health. Here he learns of a covert government project to declare childhood as a medical disorder and then to eliminate it from the human genome in America.
Will Harvey manage to escape from his underground prison and save the country’s children and childhood itself? Or will America become a childless nation?
You can go online and read the first four chapters or so using Amazon’s ”Look Inside” feature.
If you purchase the book, read it, and decide you like it, I’d be most appreciative if you could write a review of it for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Goodreads. Reviews sell books, and I’d like to get this book out to as many people as possible.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be writing more blog posts filling you in on different aspects of the book. Happy reading!