Wade Kimberlin says he has always been a big science fiction fan. So the idea of writing a sci-fi book, titled Electronic Echoes of the Mind, just came to him naturally, he said.
Karin and Wade Kimberlin show off a copy of Mr. Kimberlin's book Electronic Echoes of the Mind. Mrs. Kimberlin is the owner of BookStop, where Mr. Kimberlin will be promoting his debut novel.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"Electronic Echoes of the Mind is a humorous science fiction novel set in the not-too-distant future," Kimberlin said. "The plot centers around a pilot whose dead ex-girlfriend gets him mixed up with a cult that worships computers."
The author will be signing copies of his newly released book Saturday. He also will be promoting his debut novel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recently opened business BookStop, located at 3843 Martinez Boulevard in Martinez. The store is owned by Kimberlin's wife, Karin.
"BookStop has been open for almost four weeks now," she said.
Mr. Kimberlin said he began his book about 3 years ago and put the finishing touches on it 1 years ago. Finding a publisher was an arduous process, but his book was finally picked up by the company Mundania.
"Mundania is one of the smaller companies," he said. "They accept less than 2 percent of manuscripts submitted for publication."
Mr. Kimberlin said his short-term goal for the book is simply to please readers. "I hope they get a good laugh out of it," he said. "Saleswise, I would like to break 5,000 books sold."
He grew up in Houston and went to college in Oklahoma for two years. Mr. Kimberlin joined the Air Force in 1990 and later completed his liberal arts degree from Excelsior University.
He and his wife came to Augusta about a year and a half ago when he was stationed at Fort Gordon.
The bookstore Mrs. Kimberlin has opened, she said, is partially a product of having more books at home than she and her husband knew what to do with.
"Our shelves at home were getting too crowded," she said. "We have a small selection of new books (at the store) but mostly used."
BookStop has just started carrying books from local publishing company Harbor House.
"We plan on having more book signings in the future," she said. "Mostly Harbor House authors."
Mr. Kimberlin's book will be available to purchase at the signing for $8 or can be purchased in advance from www.mundania.com or www.amazon.com. For more information, call BookStop at 210-7220.
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