home page for MAX HARRICK SHENK, writer
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Meeting Dennis Wilson is the story of a 16-year-old girl who has a crush on the Beach Boys' drummer and decides she's going to meet him... if (sigh!) only it was that easy!
Meeting Dennis Wilson is a complete novel published serially as seven smaller "chapter books," available both in softcover print editions and Kindle editions. Think of it as the book equivalent of a TV season.
Each softcover volume measures 6x9 inches and is about 100 pages in length, and lists for $5.95. Kindle editions mirror the print editions, and cost $2.99 each.
COMPLETE SINGLE VOLUME
DECEMBER 2013 ONLY!
A day late for Cyber Monday, but still in plenty of time for holiday gift-giving, this COMPLETE EDITION of Meeting Dennis Wilson gathers, in one thick volume, the contents of all seven individual serialized books of the novel (minus the "bonus track" extra stories that appeared at the end of books 1-2-3-4. Those four stories will remain exclusive to the individual volumes).
This 636 page softcover is available in PRINT ONLY and will be sold ONLY during December 2013. Once January 1 comes, this book will be removed from publication (of course, the seven individual serialized books will still be available).
ISBN-10: 1494325691 // ISBN-13: 978-1494325695
6x9 Softcover // 636 pages // $24.95
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using the ISBNs above.
Author Spotlight at Bibliophile Book Reviews The book review blog Bibliophile Book Reviews recently ran both an author interview and review of Book One of Meeting Dennis Wilson. Click here to read the interview and review. Thanks to A.C. Haury and Shannon Donahue for featuring me and my work!
Meeting Dennis Wilson featured in Book Buzz The York (PA) Daily Record's books and writing blog featured Meeting Dennis Wilson and its author (me) recently. Click here for the story. Thanks, Sarah Chain, for this great write-up!
Meeting Dennis Wilson featured on Little Hyuts The indie-YA book review blog recently featured Meeting Dennis Wilson. Click here for the story. Thanks, Jill Marie, for the feature!
Other published works available...
Interviews with a Porn Star
I'm currently writing the rough draft of a novel entitled Rebecca: An Oral History of a Former Porn Star, which projects the characters from Meeting Dennis Wilson into college and adulthood beyond.
Kurt Vonnegut (I think) said that if you love your characters, put them through hell. That way you can find out what they're really made of.
In projecting my characters' stories into adulthood, I started thinking, "What's about the worst thing that could happen to them?" It seemed to me that the way to really explore their depth would be to simply have them do what I've done through my adult life: make bad choices in spite of themselves, and try to reconcile those choices with their ideals.
Thus, Rebecca: An Oral History of a Former Porn Star, which will be formatted as a fictitious oral history. What I'm doing is writing interviews with the characters, along with news stories, letters, and other "documents." I'll probably chop up the interviews and arrange the segments chronologically, so that the story is told in multiple voices, like an authentic oral history. I probably won't include any of the "complete" interviews in the finished novel.
Interviews With A Porn Star is a preview volume of excerpts from this work-in-progress: a slender (54 page) volume containing five of these complete, unedited fictitious "interviews." It's available in both softcover print and Kindle editions. Click here to order the softcover directly from Createspace, and click here to order the Kindle edition.
This is a limited edition. Once the finished novel is published, Interviews With A Porn Star will be removed from publication.
Short stories available as Kindle editions:
I've recently published four short works as e-books via Amazon's Kindle store: "Out Of Sight," "My First, My Last, My Only Cigarette," "Semi-Sexting*" and "Peaches*" Click on the titles for more info and to order.
(Don't have a Kindle reader? You can still read these stories using a FREE Kindle app for PC, Mac, smartphone or cloud reader. Click here for more info.)
* Please note that "Peaches" is an early version of five chapters revised and included in Book Five of MEETING DENNIS WILSON; "Semi-sexting" is part of a chapter from Book Three. If you have read or are planning to read MEETING DENNIS WILSON, these will be redundant! Don't spend your money twice.
What's With Her?
My short story collection, What's With Her? is undergoing a second printing later this year from New Plains Press. It's also available as a collection on Kindle.
Read excerpts from the stories here (or click on the What's With Her? link to the left).
More stuff to come, so stay tuned. --Max