Current mood: bouncy
Category: Writing and Poetry
By A.J. Llewellyn
I am a Buddhist by choice, Greek Orthodox by birth, and I enjoy both religions and the wisdom I learn from both. I recently shared my deep anguish and frustration over dealing with relentless ebook piracy with my mentor at my weekly Buddhist meetings. I explained my side of things. I explained how I spend an hour a day combing the Internet to remove illegal uploads of my books.
“Remember something,” she said. “That which you resist, persists.”
When my Greek priest said something similar recently and mentioned the words, “love your enemy”, it got me thinking.
And when I think, I write.
And out came my upcoming August 1 release, Cops and Rubbers, in which an ebook author tracks down the man who’s been pirating his books relentlessly.
When Jason Jagger tracks down his thief…he is in for a big surprise.
Being an erotic romance novel, there’s plenty of love and sex. But could an author learn to love a pirate? I think so. It was kind of fun – and alarming – to present both sides of the piracy debate.
Who’d have thought that I could step outside my own issues and look at this objectively?
I sure didn’t.
But, I did. I still don’t love piracy and I never will. But I love books, I love to write and I have to believe things will change.
My publisher at Amber Quill Press was a little surprised when he read the blurb to Cops and Rubbers, knowing me as he does, but Trace Edward Zaber, artistic genius that he is, gave me an amazing cover and I can’t wait for the book’s release.
Much of the story in Cops and Rubbers is true. I’ve worked at a theater selling tickets, just like Jason. I also moonlighted as a nail polish salesman over the phone and did all the crazy part-time jobs Jason does in the book to supplement my addiction: writing.
Yep, writing is a bad habit and not one I’m likely to give up any time soon. Like Jason, I’ve sat back and wondered is it worth the 16-17 hour days juggling day jobs with the love-job, to have your work stolen quicker than you can get it out there?
With or without piracy, there’s something to be said for being able to tell your stories, for being published. I am glad people like my work and I am happy to have such awesome publishers.
I hope when the book is released, you’ll check it out, and just like me, maybe you’ll learn to love a pirate.