Hello! It has been a long while since I’ve written an update. The last four years have been intense with many good changes and developments.

Ivan and I sold our house in LA and relocated to Uruguay in January 2019. We needed to simplify our life and make writing and publishing a priority. And we needed some tranquility. We love nature and photography, the Uruguayan open spaces, amazing skies, and beaches, and we have especially the love for each other. We decided that it was our time to enjoy our place in the world, and to get a lot done with a whole lot less stress.

After four years living here, during the COVID isolation and global anguish we have all felt, we can say without a doubt that indeed we made the right moves and at the right time. In these years here, we completed the translation of Eye of the Moon, El ojo de la luna with marketing emphasis in Colombia, where it continues to be very well received. Ivan wrote the sequel, Shadow of the Son and now its Spanish literary translation, A la sombra del hijo, is published. So, translation-wise, we are caught up with the author!

Ivan is moving along well on the third book of the series (tentatively called “Stories: Percy and Johnny”) which should be published (and translated into Spanish) in 2023. The series is brimming with life!

We also have an audiobook in post-production of Eye of the Moon—we expect to complete that before the end of the year. This format has an enchanting quality that we hope many listeners will enjoy.

We have so many people that have extended us so much kindness and support throughout our journey. It is a long list, and you know who you are. We hope to repay and pay forward all those favors and kindnesses. Ours is a passion project, and we intend to keep the integrity of the work and continue. A bigger publisher, an agent, a bigger team of people, more help with the many details, will all come in their own time. We are patient, and simply focus each day while enjoying every bit.

Thank you for reading this and keeping us company. The team in our project is large and continues to grow with each reader. The books create delight on many levels, and that fuels the author to continue to create. And we continue to support giving those creations flight.

On behalf of myself, Ivan, and the team, we send our very best and warm wishes to you.

Mary Jo

June 11, 2022

This Makes Four

Hello! It has been a long while since I’ve written an update. The last four years have been intense with many good changes and developments. Ivan and I sold our house in LA and relocated to Uruguay in January 2019. We needed to simplify our life and make writing and publishing a priority. And we needed some tranquility. We love nature and photography, the Uruguayan […]
May 6, 2022

My review of Eye of the Moon

Can the publisher and wife write a review of her husband’s novel? I found this hidden and private thought from 2018, and decided I can post it here! In a few words, this novel has enriched my sense of humanity. I ran into my own unknown-before levels of prejudices, assumptions, arrogances and contempt. It was a mirror into my darker self. Not comfortable and yet […]
January 1, 2022

A Gift of Photos

Ivan and I have put together a photo collection for you to enjoy: Photographic Journey of Uruguay.
December 31, 2021

Yearend Message

As 2021 comes to a close, and we prepare to welcome 2022, there is much to be grateful for and to aspire to. It has been a very busy year. In June we launched the sequel to Eye of the Moon, titled Shadow of the Son. The translation into Spanish is underway. We traveled to Medellín to do a book tour of El ojo de […]
June 21, 2021

Exciting developments: Launch of Shadow of the Son

Hello! For a period of stillness in the world unlike any other, we have been very busy and productive. We have news! The Spanish translation of Eye of the Moon (El ojo de la luna), was released October 22nd 2020 worldwide, with special emphasis in Colombia. Their largest bookstore chain requested 1,000 copies to be sold in all their stores, nationwide, three of which are […]
February 16, 2021

Smith-Obolensky Media featured in an IBPA Spotlight

Here is an excerpt of our interview with Christopher Locke for the IBPA Member Spotlight: IBPA: How were you able to get the Latin American Spanish literary translation of your book, Eye of the Moon (translated as El ojo de la luna), carried in Colombia’s largest bookstore chain? Mary Jo Smith-Obolensky: It was most fortuitous: a childhood friend introduced me to a well-known Colombian novelist, […]
April 6, 2018

March: A Month of Firsts

We continue to experience a lot of “firsts” and March was busy with two big ones: in early March we attended our first Book Festival at the Tucson Festival of Books, and late March we had our first Book Reading at the Glendale Central Library, Arts and Culture (in California). Both were eye-opening experiences and we all enjoyed various aspects of the events. The main […]
February 15, 2018

Interview with Tom Hyman

During the time Ivan was writing Eye of the Moon, I was reading the chapters as they came out of the printer. When Ivan had completed three, he would send them to Tom. Tom and I shared the adventure of this novel developing bit by bit, and we had this unspoken agreement of letting the story develop without interference. It was a wild ride, and […]
February 5, 2018

Published!

Today, Eye of the Moon goes out into the world. It is a day of celebration! We have had advanced readers worldwide, from varying backgrounds, and the response has been overall very enthusiastic. We have connected with many, on social media and in person, and are set up to continue this momentum. We look forward to all the future readers and to groups discussing the […]
December 22, 2017

Season’s Greetings and Update

Hello from the exciting world of publishing Eye of the Moon! I wanted to wish you a very joyous season, and also give you a small update. We have been learning a lot, figuring out many things, and winning battles on many fronts. One of the biggest challenges was to be able to get the novel in many outlets, for all kinds of readers, and […]