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That Rainy Day

New novel by Parkville’s F. De Sales Meyers hits the stands

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March 26th, 2013

Some writers base their stories on real people and events that take place in their own lives. And some, like author F. De Sales Meyers, prefer to rely on their imagination. I never know where my next story idea might come from I could be sitting in my living room, walking down the street, or driving in the car when I ll see someone or something that strikes me and get an idea, says Meyers.

Wild imagination

That s exactly how Meyer s newest novel,That Rainy Day, published by Abecedarian Books Inc., came to life. The story, which revolves around a troubled young woman who gets entangled with a musician and his risky lifestyle involving drugs and easy money, was crafted straight from Meyer s imagination. The authentic tone of the characters and true-to-life setting of an Italian East Baltimore neighborhood never leads readers to suspect that Meyers himself hailed from a small town far from Baltimore City, nestled in the mountains of Allegany County. To be honest, I don t know where the idea for the story came from, but I am familiar enough with the city that I felt comfortable writing about it, says Meyers As for the characters, a boy in the story, Dalton Braskey, aka Dolly, is loosely based on my nephew. The other characters, well, they were all made up. In fact, Meyers didn t actually put pencil to paper until the story line and characters were already fully developed in his head. I m not the type to take notes, says Meyers. I ve found what works best for me is to think about what I want to write frequently and in-depth for a long period of time. Then, once I ve got the basic story in my head, I sit down with a pencil and paper, and the words just flow out of me. Like with his first bookThe Slow Creek and Other Stories, Meyers relied on a nightly ritual to help him remember his ideas. I would lie in bed at night thinking about the story, says Meyers. Before I would go to sleep, I would reach over and put a shoe under my bed. When I reached for the shoe in the morning, the story would come back to me.

Change of heart

A graduate of Boston University s School of Journalism, Meyer s interest in writing didn t surface until his late teens. I wanted to be a musician and even worked as musician for some time, says Meyers. Then, when I was a teenager my brother brought home a book titledThe Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, by William Saroyan. I picked it up and started reading it, and I really liked his style of writing. That was what really sparked my interest in writing. After that, I began reading more often and, eventually, I decided to give it a try myself. Meyers moonlighted as a freelance writer while he enjoyed a day job with the Public Information Office of the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. I didn t really start writing fiction until later in life, says Meyers. My job with the health department kept me busy. But I did do some freelance writing for newspapers and magazines likeThe Baltimore SunandThe Saturday Evening Post, as well as stories forThe Sun Magazine. Meyers began writingThat Rainy Dayfour years ago, shortly before he moved toOak Crest, the Erickson Living community in Parkville. We moved to Oak Crest so that my wife could get the care she needed in [the continuing care neighborhood] and I could remain close to her and still live independently, says Meyers. After we moved to Oak Crest, I finished writing my first book and finally finished upThat Rainy Day. Enjoying a much-needed break as he promotes his latest book, Meyers says it s hard to say when inspiration will strike next. I m not working on anything right now, says Meyers. I m sure one day something will hit me that will turn into a story. In the meantime, he s enjoying the other end of the spectrum reading. Ironically, I read very little fiction, says Meyers. Instead, I enjoy learning about current events and what s going on in the world. I could read three newspapers in one day! That Rainy Dayis available for $19.99 from BCH distributor, Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or direct from the publisher at 410-692-6777 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST).