I wanted to let you know
that today Straight Up Press published my eighth novel: My Phantom – The Memoir of Christine Daaé.
“Gaston Leroux was wrong about many things. The falling chandelier. The deaths of Joseph Buquet and Philippe de
Chagny. Most of all, the opera ghost,
who was not a terrifying monster but a mesmerizing man….”
Thus begins the memoir of Christine Daaé, the gifted soprano
immortalized in Gaston Leroux’s classic The
Phantom of the Opera. In My Phantom
Christine reveals the truth behind an enduring legend, telling the stories of a
talented orphan struggling toward stardom and a throwaway boy determined to
conquer opera’s greatest stage.
My Phantom chronicles the collaboration of two lonely people – a
musical master and his exceptional student – who rescue each other from
solitude as they strive to reach the pinnacle of their art and of the love
triangle that destines one to remain forever alone.
Rich with details of the opera
and the ballet, the memoir unfolds in the most intriguing opera house in the
world. Outside lies Belle
Époque Paris, where Impressionists form
the vanguard of the beautiful era’s freewheeling and innovative spirit, and
opera singers are the first global superstars.
Café society has been born, and in the salons of the rich and the
bistros of the artistic the emphasis is on pleasure and the talk is all about
art and music and literature.
Christine and her lovers – the
mysterious Phantom and the aristocrat Raoul – personify the élan of a
fascinating and tumultuous era whose artistic ferment shapes their lives
I’ve written My Phantom under
a pseudonym to test the latest innovations in print-on-demand and ebook
manufacturing and Internet-only sales and promotion. Trade-paperback and Kindle
editions of the novel are available exclusively at Amazon.com, and you can find
out more the story – and read the first chapter – at MyPhantomTheMemoir.com.