Who doesn’t like mac-n-cheese or spending the afternoon in the park? Through the ups and downs of life, one of the most important things is the relationship we develop with our family and friends. The generational relationship between Steve and Nigel was well developed and priceless. You can’t help but love Nigel. Can’t wait for the sequel. -Amazon Review
Five-year-old Nigel feels like a tattered library book
—dropped off and picked up too many times to count!
When Nigel ends up with his 99-year-old step grandfather, Steve, he’s sure this drop off is going to be like every other time. Instead, he’s regaled with tales of pirates, stolen money, and off-shore bank accounts.
And what about the cat his grandfather refers to?
Nigel isn’t sure whether any of his grandfather’s stories are true, but with him he finds a place he can be himself and belong. Nigel learns how a man can be respected and Steve remembers the joy of childhood innocence. Together they discover age doesn’t really matter when you find common ground.
The Dropoff – A Timeless Novel, is a thought-provoking work from author Sloane McQuiston. It chronicles everyday events of the young and old including family, friends, pets and celebrating “a win.” McQuiston’s use of humor, sadness, triumph and tragedy weaves a fascinating generational story with characters on the opposite ends of life’s spectrum.
About the Author
Sloane McQuiston, I have been working full time for the last 38 years. I have enjoyed a successful career in the commercial insurance industry assisting businesses with reducing their workplace injuries. It has been a very rewarding career. But, for more than a decade, I’ve had an idea for a book bouncing around in my head. I’d think about it from time to time, but I never acted on it. But the story wouldn’t go away. So, after my kids left home and graduated college, I decided to do something about it. I started with an outline, adjusted it some and finally began to write. And the story poured out of me. I found that the places I’d been, the people I’d met and the things I’d done throughout my life, all helped me form the story and the characters.
My initial goal was to just start. For years, I had found reasons not to. So, if I could just get started, then I could at least say I tried. But once I started, I liked it. I liked the ability to make the characters do what I wanted and tell the story the way I thought it should be told. My goal changed from just starting…to completing.
I was working full time and I had used that as an excuse to never begin. I didn’t have the time. But the simple act of starting was enough to show myself that I could find the time. After all, I had the rest of my life to finish. It felt good to be productive somewhere other than just work. And I was in complete control. No one was telling when or how hard to work.
That made me realize how much I had been struggling with a sense of fulfillment. Until I found writing, I didn’t realize how much I craved to be creative. This new ability to create lives and stories and make characters both glorious and horrible was both liberating and intoxicating. This helped drive me to complete the book.
But as with every story, some roadblocks found their way in. I finished the book and was feeling great. My wife read it and loved it. Then she asked, “How do we get this published?” My joy immediately turned to fear and depression. I had heard the horror stories about getting published. I feared my story wasn’t good enough or interesting enough. I was back at square one, so scared I didn’t know what to do.
Then I remembered a friend who had recently published a book and I asked her how she did it. That’s when I was introduced to 40-day publishing. With their help and guidance, I self-published. I was excited again and hopeful about the prospects of being a published author.
I may never get rich or famous with my writing, but it doesn’t matter. I love to write, it brings me joy and a sense of accomplishment. I love creating something out of nothing and I love writing my characters as I see humanity, good, bad and indifferent. It makes me happy. I will continue to write my stories and share them with anyone who wants to read them. All it takes is one reader to say, “I enjoyed your story, thanks,” to know I am a successful author.
I know everyone has a story to tell and I hope I can help someone else realize their dream of becoming an author. If I can do it, anyone can. So, I encourage you to take that first step by deciding you will begin. There is a whole community out there to assist you and I am part of that community. Ask me your questions about how to get started, or just bounce an idea off me. I’d love to help you.