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My passion for fiction began, ironically, while I was in  music school.

Somewhere around the age of 23 or so, I was bitten by the fiction bug. I began reading the classics of literature for fun. From Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Tolstoy’s War and Peace, I voluntarily worked my way through a nice chunk of the Western canon in my early Twenties.

Except for Joyce’s Ulysses. I just couldn’t do it. Maybe it is a great piece of literature; maybe it’s a signpost of academic pretension masking as great literature? At this point in my life, I’ll never know.

But I digress…

During this time, I wrote my first novel, a sprawling, multi-generational college tragedy that is still sitting in my closet to this day. It is a book I can best describe as a “great story, poorly told.”

Though life and business subsumed much of my focus in the ensuing years, I never lost my passion to create fiction, and that is part of what this website is all about.

So, stay tuned!

My first short story The Tear will be released in July 2022.  

Adam S. Toporek Fiction Author