Pencil Lead is a contemporary, coming-of-age novel about expectations that don’t match real life.
Lyle McNorton is a young man with a strong sense of entitlement and a preoccupation with sex. He looks for meaning in coincidence, writes in hidden places with the pencil he carries in his pocket, and seeks instant gratification in all aspects of his life.
After university, everything was supposed to fall into place. Instead, Lyle finds himself unemployed and living alone, passively waiting for something to happen.
When equally directionless ex-girlfriend, Holly, comes back into his life, they distract themselves by hiring a series of escorts. But what begins as a bit of fun doesn’t stay that way as Lyle discovers he can’t use fantasy to avoid reality.
Published in 2016 by 6-Sided Books.