On Saturday, April 17th local author Jan St. Louis (a.k.a. Janice Kleinschmidt) will appear at the Palm Springs Public Library at 2:30 p.m. to discuss her first published novel, “Earth, the Musical.”
Described as a romantic comedy science fiction reality-questioning adventure musical, it tells the story of Rollie Moon as he becomes embroiled in assisting the inhabitants of Orion’s Belt to thwart an invasion and in the process finds love, which of course is complicated and changes the course of his life, like love always does!
Billed as the ‘First Book You Can Dance To’, the story is set to music and Acts instead of Chapters were used. Even a suggested soundtrack is available for download. Sprinkled throughout the book are clever clues and references to the underlying theme, such as character names that are really backward spellings of notable people like Albert Einstein and Elvis Presley, as well as ingenious references, through character birthdates, to noteworthy accomplishments throughout history.
Janice Kleinschmidt has been working in the publishing industry since the early 1990s as a newspaper, magazine, and online content writer and editor. After dabbling in fiction writing — including a newsletter serial/novelette about an art gallery, titled The Naked Eye; a collection of short stories about a truck stop, titled 24/7; and children’s stories for her niece’s two boys, she embarked on her first full-length novel: an ambitious blending of romantic comedy, science fiction, philosophy, and adventure with the added twist of turning it all into a “musical.” Earth, the Musical takes readers on a journey from Palm Springs to New York City, Siberia, Dubai, Orion’s Belt — and beyond. Under the pen name Jan St. Louis, the author will read brief excerpts from her book, explain how someone who was never a sci-fi aficionado came to embrace the genre after the writing process began, and discuss how and why she turned print into music.
The lecture is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. The lecture will be presented in The Learning Center at the Library. Books will be available for purchase and to autograph following the lecture.