Faded into nothing…

This weekend I sold a copy of my novel IN THE SEVENTH DAY. A woman purchased it for her 21 year old daughter, even after listening to my warning of its graphic nature.

“Oh, she loves TRUE BLOOD and things like that.”

“Well, this is realism; and it’s crime of a sexual nature.”

As she walked away, I heard her say to her friend, “If my daughter doesn’t like this…” and her voice faded into nothing.

Jane sells another paperback novel…

Jane's NovelNot a dime novel – no.

But, this morning at my bank, I wait to speak to a customer service representative to change the pin on my check-card ( which I use only for identification at the bank ). I think I am likely to need to wait, so I bring my brand-new copy of IN THE SEVENTH DAY into the lobby.

No need to wait, after all.

I meet with a delightful young woman who tells me she’s traveling next week two hours north of Madison to locate a wedding dress. I congratulate her.

We begin to speak of politics, of President Obama and of someone named Romney, of the economy and even of abortion. Turns out we are both opposed to abortion and both supportive of our President.

At the end, once my pin is chosen and confirmed, I mention – as I often do – that I am a novelist. She immediately says, “Oh, I’m looking for something new to read.”

I push my book toward her. I’ve conveniently placed it on her desk.

I say, “Perhaps you’d like to read mine.”

She says, “Yes, I think I would.”

After warning her of its graphic nature, I sell her my novel. And once again, I get to do that fun thing. I get to sign it to her.

In the meantime…

At that same university, some years later while taking a playwriting class, a fellow student asks me for a ride home. I oblige. He asks me to come up to see his apartment. Why not? I oblige. 

I see toys on the floor. He’s obviously married as he begins – for the first time – to speak of his wife, a woman he finds boring and of little value.

He asks me if I want to sleep with him.

I politely leave after I tell him, “No, not really.”

Misogyny is rampant. The devaluing of women – of wife and mother – of fellow student, of any woman who may satisfy the desires of a bored man.

A Review! I missed…

“Jane Cooper Easton’s “In The Seventh Day” is a great read. I can see this storyline making its way into a “Justified” series (calling those who script the series… take a look at this one). I must admit, it’s a little off the beaten path of most of my reading, but when I finally got into its pages, I read it through to completion… in a very short timeframe. I got a little queezy during a few scenes, so be warned, the author allows the central character to run with his take on his (mis)understanding of Scripture. This dude is not a nice guy. But then, it’s very difficult to find anyone in the storyline who could be called the good guy. The crimes committed and their justification (a nod to the scripters again) in the name of Christianity is appalling to say the least. In the end, I believe there is an intention by the author to cause the reader to examine our doctrine (not a bad suggestion… ever). The twisting of the Bible’s view of women has always been a concern in the church. The character pastor in this story distorts it so badly that I walked away from this work checking to ensure there isn’t a dab of that mindset in my own life. The ending is really provoking (I’ll say no more, but I closed the cover angry!), but the reader is left understanding a little better how a man could end up with such a distorted view of the grace and mercy of the cross. You’ll have to get beyond some of the crude actions of the main character (the author doesn’t restrain him), but I highly recommend this work. Very moving.”

— MT Sweat

“When two peopl…

“When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”

— George Bernard Shaw