99 Erics: a Kat Cataclysm faux novel
Julia’s long-awaited debut novel regales readers with the adventures (and/or misadventures) of Kat Cataclysm, an ethically non-monogamous bisexual woman and absurdist short fiction writer. 99 Erics is a humorous account of Kat’s experiences writing a book called 99 Erics, which is about her experiences dating ninety-nine different people named Eric. It is more surreal than slutty. Not that there is anything wrong with slutty.
The book is largely comprised of amusing anecdotes from Kat’s dates with various Erics; satirical takes on relationships, sexual conventions, language, the writing process, book publishing, online media, and tech culture; and Kat’s smart yet silly digressions on a variety of topics, including the distorted nature of memories, hipsters, sex toys, sabermetrics, YA dystopian fiction, trendy restaurants, temporal anomalies, Freudian slips, banana slug mating practices, lucid dreaming, the internet of things, poetry slams, and Prince lyrics, to name but a few. These more fanciful passages are seamlessly interwoven with more serious and mundane matters, such as navigating the world as a woman and sexual minority, being an outcast who doesn’t really fit in, struggling to make ends meet, and reconciling one’s past with the present. The end result is a fun and fast read that tackles meaty subjects and contemporary issues along the way.
You can purchase 99 Erics right now (in paperback & ebook formats) at all the major online outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Books, Smashwords, etc.). If you wanna test read, you can also download the first 5 chapters for FREE in the following formats: Mobi (for Kindle readers), Epub (for iTunes/Books, Nook, and most other readers), or Pdf (for general computer use). Brick-and-mortar bookstores and libraries can order the book via Ingram — please encourage them to carry it! You can locate your local bookstores via IndieBound.
If you are associated with a literary or media outlet and wish to obtain a review copy of 99 Erics, or to possibly interview Julia about the book, feel free to contact her here.
99 Erics is published by Switch Hitter Press: ISBN 978-0-9968810-4-3 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-9968810-5-0 (ebook), LCCN 2019918543 (print), 278 pages.
Several excerpts from the book will be published over the coming weeks and months. For starters, here is a video of Julia reading an excerpt from the chapter “Posers”:
You can also listen to Julia reading an early excerpt from the chapter Publishers Clearing House (originally called “Poetry Slammed”), and three additional chapters (Eric Number One, Great Expectations, and Shopping Carts, Part One) are exclusively available to Julia’s Patreon supporters.
Table of Contents:
1. Eric Number One
2. Materials and Methods
3. Lady Parts
6. Benevolent Dictator
7. My Very First Blog Post
8. Why the Internet Is Like the Worst Thing Ever
10. Publishers Clearing House
12. Fan Fiction
13. Socially Constructed Ice Cream
14. Children of the Corndog
15. Easter Eggs
17. Ethical Slut vs. Confused Slut
18. I’ve Misplaced Chekhov’s Gun
19. Shopping Carts, Part One
21. Punching Versus Sprucing
22. Banana Slug of a Different Color
23. For All Intents and Purposes
24. Shopping Carts, Part Two
25. Writing About Sex Is Like Praying About Agnosticism
26. Ménage à Trois
27. Gut Feelings
28. Law of Averages
29. By Her Bootstraps
30. Origin Story
31. Good Grief
32. Book Cover
33. The One and Only Writing Tip That You Will Ever Need
34. Textbook Answers
35. Freudian Slip
36. Worst Eric Ever
37. Emotionally Labored
38. Bad Actor
39. Days of Future Passed
40. Fucking Expectations
41. Technologically Sound
42. Trombone Lessons
43. Home Base
44. And the Rest
46. Book Tour
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