Sunday, January 27, 2013


Hello, and welcome... 

I will be using this site to muse about my journey toward publication of my debut novel:


I spent a year writing it, and then jumped into the task of seeking agent representation. I am happy to announce that I have just signed a contract for agent  representation with Amy Cloughley at Kimberley Cameron and Associates Literary Agency. I am elated and am looking forward to working with Amy.

Below is a brief description of my novel, THE LIFE WE BURY. It is difficult to describe a ninety thousand word novel in two paragraphs, so I hope this gives you a taste of the novel and I hope you continue to follow my march toward publication.


a novel by Allen Eskens

What starts out as a college writing assignment leads to…

 “As I went limp, a wave of disgust flashed through my mind, disgust at my naivet√©, disgust at not seeing the man’s tight grip on the neck of that whiskey bottle for what it was, disgust that my life would end quietly, unceremoniously, lying face down in frozen grass. I let this old man—this whiskey-soaked, child molester—beat me.”

Joe Talbert left his bi-polar mother and his autistic brother behind in order to run away to college. At school, he gets an assignment to write a story about a person who has lived a long life. Because he has no relative to fit the bill, he goes to a nursing home to find a subject to write about and meets Carl Iverson, a man dying of cancer who has been medically paroled from prison after spending thirty years locked up for a grisly murder. As Joe learns about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor as a soldier in Vietnam, Joe has difficulty reconciling the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict.

Joe throws himself into unravelling the tapestry of a thirty-year-old murder, but is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother and the guilt of abandoning his autistic brother.

...more to come.

1 comment:

  1. Since I was a teenager I do love reading different novels that are interesting.