Local writer/editor Janis Hashe’s first novel, The Ex-Club Tong Pang, will have its initial ebook release on publisher Twilight Times Books website, www.twilighttimesbooks.com, Oct. 15. This will be followed within two days by ebook availability on Amazon and BN.com, and within two weeks by other ebook purchasing sites, such as Apple iBookstore, Kobo Books and Sony. The paperback version will be available mid-December.
The Ex-Club Tong Pang, a “comic suspense” story, is set in 1980s Los Angeles, and follows the adventures of retail worker and part-time playwright Hannelore Herald, whose thwarted attempt to check out the Korean nightclub down the street from her apartment leads to a meeting with an attractive but unreliable man who claims to be investigating a baby-buying ring. Hannelore’s efforts to retain her job at a Venice Beach boutique and continue rehearsing her latest play are complicated by her inadvertent involvement with Korean gangsters, a blind former “fixer” and, of course, the mysterious Alec.
“I began writing this story many years ago, not long after I moved out of the neighborhood that inspired it,” said Ms. Hashe. “But it turns out that although I am a very efficient journalist, I’m a very slow fiction writer, and it’s taken all this time to finish what is really a very short book! Still, I hope that people who like light fiction will enjoy it.”
Envisioned as the first book in a series (“If I’m not dead before I finish the sequel,” said Ms. Hashe), The Ex-Club Tong Pang draws closely on the author’s own experiences in fashion retail and the theatre. “There are some characters that are based pretty darn closely on real people. Not any of the gangsters,” Ms. Hashe hastens to add.
With the release of the paperback, she will be doing several local book signings, at least a couple with the creator of the cover artwork, local graphics designer Robin P. Seaman.