FREMONT – People often use the term “living the dream” when describing how their day is going, but for Adam Hoss, it’s no cliché.
Hoss, an English instructor at Terra State Community College, recently secured a book deal through an independent publisher for his debut novel, a mystery titled “Infinity Point.”
“Like anyone who goes to school to study English, my dream was to write novels,” he said. “I wanted to teach, and I wanted to write. So, in a way, I now have my dream job.”
Hoss, who lives in Sandusky, has a bachelor degree from Kent State University where he majored in English and minored in writing, and a master’s degree in linguistics from the City University of New York.
He was an adjunct instructor at Terra State for five years before being hired full-time this year to teach composition, technical writing and speech.
Hoss has had short stories published before, but this is his first novel. He started three separate times with three different novels before the third one attracted the attention of Black Rose Writing, an independent publisher.
“Infinity Point” is a murder mystery that begins with a crime scene discovered in a cave and follows a determined daughter’s quest to unravel a long-buried family secret. Full of suspense and misadventure, the story is a fast-paced and darkly comic take on the genre.
Hoss has a unique philosophy on writing.
“A novelist is more a craftsman than an artist,” Hoss said. “Writing a novel is not the same as telling a story. I’d liken it to building a house. You structure the narrative in a way that supports the whole.”
Being a published novelist will be a plus with his students.
“I want the students in my writing courses to see that writing is personally important to me,” he said. “If I don’t get excited about writing, why should they?”
Hoss uses his work to inspire his students. He shares early drafts and explains how revising can make them better.
“On occasion I do share my writing with my students, mainly so they can see how terrible it looked when it was a first draft,” he said. “Any novelist will tell you they spend more time revising than anything else.”
Hoss’ co-workers are happy for him.
“For the students, this type of professional development and success transfers directly into the classroom, especially in the teaching of writing,” said Steve Mohr, lead faculty in English. “Not only does it enhance Adam’s already strong credibility as a writing instructor, it also provides an actual example of the course content and how it translates into applications beyond the writing class.”
The release date is Feb. 16, but it is available for preorder now at a discount at http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/infinitypoint. The coupon code PREORDER2016 can be used for an additional 10 percent off before the release date.
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