SIOUX CITY | For four to six hours every day, Randal Eldon Greene, 31, can be found writing inside his northside home.
At times, he may be writing short stories. After all, the University of South Dakota English and anthropology graduate has already had work published in such literary publications as VLP Magazine and 34th Parallel.
"Story ideas tend to accumulate in my brain," Greene said. "The short story format allows me to give those ideas some space."
But lately, the Dakota City native has been busy marketing "Descriptions of Heaven," a novella slated to be published Nov. 22.
The book revolves around Robert, a linguist, and his wife Natalia, a cancer survivor. Natalia's cancer returns shortly after an unknown creature appears near the couple's idyllic home on New Bedford Lake.
"I'm a better writer than I am a marketer," Greene said about sending off advance copies of his book to be reviewed.
An allegory on the environment, "Descriptions of Heaven" attracted the attention of Harvard Square Editions, a small Hollywood, California-based publishing house run by alumni of Harvard University.
"The company specializes in literary fiction that has a social or environmental theme," Greene said. "They describe my book as being an example of 'clime fiction.'"
"Clime fiction" is literature based around the climate. Well, if there can be "chick lit," "lad lit" and "post-apocalyptic lit," there must be a market for "clime fiction."
Still, Greene must make ends meet.
Working as a hotel desk clerk on the weekends, he has also collaborated with girlfriend Libby Sturgeon -- a North Middle School English as a Second Language teacher -- on a children's readers theater play titled "Humpty Dumpty Goes to the Beach."
"It was actually a lot of fun," Greene said.
In fact, it was reminiscent of the types of stories Greene wrote as a kid.
"The first story I remembered winning a prize for was something I wrote in the first grade," he said with a laugh. "It was about a penguin postman and my parents were very proud of me."
Growing up, Greene soon discovered the works of such prominent authors as Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy and Joyce Carol Oates.
Greene insisted he isn't nervous about the publication of his first full-length book. Instead, he's happy that more people will be able to read "Descriptions of Heaven."
"I know plenty of people who say they want to become novelists but refuse to actually commit to the writing," he said. "If I had to give advice to aspiring writers, it is to set time aside to write each day. Even when the muse isn't in you, you'll be committing the time to your craft."