home page for MAX HARRICK SHENK, writer
Welcome to my website Glad you found me. Or, rather, my site.
Meeting Dennis Wilson is now available as both a seven-book serialized novel and as a complete edition that gathers those seven books together in one volume.
"SHENK'S HOME RUN! A great story with subtle undercurrents between the characters that hook the reader... (like) a teenager who's just coming of age: awkward, quirky, hilarious, and loads of fun to be around... incredibly feel-good... friendship and the emergence of first love combine with some downright laugh out loud writing... a great beach read... an engaging story with a killer soundtrack.... a wonderful book with great details... a story for all ages... I can't wait to read the next one... I started reading and could not stop... I recommend this book to anyone at any age." (Click here for more reviews)
plus four other
short stories available
as Kindle editions
I've published five short works as e-books via Amazon's Kindle store. The newest Kindle short-- "Communicate"-- is both a mini-sequel to my novel Meeting Dennis Wilson and a mini-prequel to the next novel in the sequence (working title: "Switch").Click here to find out more about "Communicate" and to order.
"Communicate" is one of three Kindle-only stories that are not available elsewhere-- the other two are "Out Of Sight*" and "My First, My Last, My Only Cigarette" -- while "Semi-Sexting*" and "Peaches*"-- are excerpts from Meeting Dennis Wilson. 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 which were revised and included in Book Five of MEETING DENNIS WILSON, and that "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.
Also, "Out Of Sight" is slated to be included in the second edition of my short story collection WHAT'S WITH HER? whenever that is published. It will replace the story "Planet of the Brians" which appeared in the first edition.
A Musical Way
How do non-traditionally-trained musicians REALLY learn music? A Musical Way, my Master's thesis from the Goddard College Education program, explores the ways that we learn music in spite of formal training, particularly musicians who, like me, not only learned music without lessons or schooling, but often didn't even realize that they were learning. This book is available in both softcover and Kindle editions. Click here for more information and to order the softcover, and click here for info on the Kindle edition.
Interviews with a Porn Star
I've just published a book of excerpts from the novel I'm currently drafting out. Interviews with a Porn Star features five fictional "interviews" from what will be an oral history that takes the characters from Meeting Dennis Wilson into adulthood. Click here to read more about this book, including links to ordering information and a "bonus" excerpt not included in the book!
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.
More stuff to come, so stay tuned. --Max