Over the years I've been fascinated by seeing solitary shoes in unusual places. A poem I wrote five years ago grew into a short story, and then evolved into my novel.
In that novel, Jen-Zen and the One Shoe Diaries, the hero, Brad, loses his girlfriend, Jen-Zen. He becomes obsessed with photographing lost single shoes, believing Jen-Zen is out there somewhere with the other halves of the pairs of shoes. Call it an artistic Cinderella complex. He feels Jen-Zen in the shoes' shadows and everywhere. The story of Brad's life is told though his remembering Jen-Zen, working in his art, and dealing with his family and friends as he struggles to overcome his grief, all while secretly listening to his heart and following the intuitive signs.
And the signs and shoes are everywhere!
Writing the book did not stop my own sightings of lost single shoes; this week I saw a sandal on the side of the road and a fuzzy slipper with a smiley face that had washed ashore.
P.S. The novel is available from Synergebooks.com, Amazon.com, Fictionwise.com and other distributors.