Douglas Watson celebrated the release of his novel A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Watson is a local and the store offered a fitting place for him to launch the novel; much of the novel was workshopped in the very room with the Greenpoint Writers Group. The workshop is run through WORD.
Watson introduces the book as a novel about love and women. The women are confusing, he adds.
The novel follows Moody Fellow–his name, not just his attitude–on a journey in pursuit of love. Its his life’s accomplishment. Along the way he finds Amanda, who literally kills men with her beauty. Its a quirky fable-like story.
Watson reads the first two chapters, each a page long, and skips the next fifteen. He quips that maybe those should have been cut from the novel as he flips ahead to continue reading.
He jumps to Moody Fellow learning of the death of the family dog. Watson offers some advice to new writers: “If you are writing and think there might not be enough pathos, just kill off the family dog.”
Watson wraps up his reading by imploring everyone to eat the cupcakes his wife made and drink beer. Before giving up the stage, he threatens a long political speech if he has to continue. He doesn’t.