I thought I’d share with you my profile of Sarasota novelist R.S. Praefke.
It’s this week’s A&E cover story in The Observer. As a journalist and wanna-be novelist, you can see why this story was dear to me.
Ryan Praefke looks like he’s just returned from a trip. He’s carrying a black case stuffed with books and a draft of the screenplay he’s currently working on but not ready to discuss.
He’s perched at a table inside a crowded Sarasota café, nursing an iced coffee, people-watching and taking mental notes, as writers are wont to do.
Things capture his attention easily: the sound of construction, the stream of eccentric coffee drinkers that spill in from the street, the whir of midday noises that clang and buzz and distract — things that fuel all writers.
In a sense, the 34-year-old author has just returned from a trip of sorts. A year has passed since his first novel, “Eternity’s Missing Children,” was bound into a 263-page paperback with a cover so black and austere you wonder if by reading it you’ll be privy to all of the author’s secrets.
For the rest of the story, visit yourobserver.com.