Earlier today I pulled up Amazon Books to see if there was anything new concerning my own book which, frankly, hasn't been doing much for the last year. Marketing. When it was published a year and a half ago I was recovering from my last heart attack and haven't worked since. But when I brought up my book I was stunned to find right below it another book with the same title as mine by an author with the same last name. This author is English, living in England. Her name is Janet. My last name while much more common now than it was when I was young is still not very common. Can anyone imagine going on a site such as Amazon and finding a book just below yours with the same title by an author with the same last name?
Naturally, I had to read the parts of it that were posted on the site and I have to say it was good. Not the type of reading I ordinarily pursue, although I have in the past. The themes and the settings are Biblical. But the author's intentions, which I share, are to reconcile religious teaching with the conflicts we encounter in our lives and ourselves on a daily basis. Maybe I should say that the author is concerned with the difficulty of applying Sunday sermons and homilies to our own and the lives around us. And of course we all have to watch daily the horrors of war and terrorism. But maybe I shouldn't be speaking for Janet Killeen at all. I would like to induce her to sign on to RedRoom. It shouldn't be too difficult to find her through her publisher.
Her book has just been published and I was the first to write a review for her. I did make it as favorable as I could without going overboard. She's a skilled writer and I think she has taken on one of the toughest jobs in the literary or any other occupation today: advancing the cause of morality in a largely amoral world. I do intend to delve more deeply into her work very soon and I hope my little review has some effect on her book's success. But the main reason I'm writing this is that I'm still not over finding her book so close to mine with the same title and same last name. I wish someone could have been there to share the moment but that never happens, especially at my age. I called my sister who is 4 years older than I and told her about it. She was every bit as incredulous as I was. Am!
I should add one last but necessary thought before I go. I'm not John Grisham or Philip Roth so I have no coattails for anyone to hitch a ride on. This does seem to be a simple rare coincidence.
They do happen.