This, one of the shortest Made It Moments ever featured, delivers such a poignant punch at the end that I urged author J.H. Bogran not to add a single word when he sent it to me for looking over. Read on and I think you’ll agree that every word is deliberately placed and utterly needed. J.H.’s short story is available for the first time on March 1st and I am thrilled to be celebrating its release with him–and of course, all of you.
Back in 2007, Letra Negra Editores released my first novel in Spanish titled Heredero del Mal—Heir of Evil—. Excited with the prospect of being a “published author,” I organized a book launch party by calling in a few favors, prodding a few sponsors, getting a little wine, crackers and other assorted hors d’oeuvre. The place was not a bookstore, but a cultural center that hosts book launches, painting expositions. It even has a fully-equipped auditorium for plays and concerts. Another advantage of working with them was the extra media exposure. They got me interviews in the country’s two major newspapers and some short TV appearances.
I know what you’re thinking: where’s your made-it-moment?
Well, the moment I can pinpoint as the one happened during the book launch.
It was near the end, after I had ridiculed myself trying to put up a front of calmness when reading in front of the audience. I was sitting at a desk and there was a line—a short one, but a line nonetheless—of people waiting to get their books signed.
I agree that by itself, that was great, but the really special moment was when my 8 year old boy stood right next to me. He looked at the line, then back at me. The corners of his lips turned up as his eyes opened wide. “I’m the son of somebody famous,” he said.
Forget MasterCard. That precious second of pride I saw in his eyes is priceless!
J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist. He ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. José is the author of TREASURE HUNT, the first in a series about a professional thief who goes by the handle of The Falcon. Other works include short stories, contributions to The Big Thrill magazine, two TV serials that were co-written, and movie reviews for the Honduran newspaper La Prensa. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers and of the online writers’ community Backspace.