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14 minutes | Nov 19, 2014
The Note Said, Your Mother Is My Mother
Fed up with being tied down by twenty-five years of domestic bliss and everyone else’s expectations, Abbie Palmer, struggling to find her creative self and asserting some independence from her husband, moves into the Tiki Palms. But as Abbie finds, in Gay Degani‘s debut suspense novel “What Came Before.” breaking away isn’t so easy. Especially when it involves cops, Molotov cocktails, Hollywood starlets, lost memories – and maybe an unknown half-sister… A note left on her door states cryptically, “Your mother is my mother.” At first, Abbie won’t consider it, not because the woman is African-American, but because Abbie has a set idea about her parents’ idealized marriage. But she also can’t let it go. She tracks down the woman, only to arrive at a murder scene – the victim is the woman who left the note. The police come to believe Abbie is the last person to see the woman alive. As Abbie searches for the truth about her own mother’s past, she instead finds a murderer. More below the media player. Listen to Gay Degani Download audio file (gaydegani.mp3) The Indie Author Life Why do you write what you do? That simple question on a recent blog tour inspired the following response from Gay Degani: The “ why” of “what I write” is, at first blush, very simple. I keep an eye on what’s going on around me. You know those little Babybels that come wrapped in red wax? My family and I like to shape animals out of cheese wax. I wanted to write a story about that because it gave me a little tingle when I thought about them. Another example of observation turning into story came this summer, riding the DC subway, watching the people, feeling the jerk of the train. I now have a science-fiction piece to work on because of that tingle. My ideas come to me like that. I write a draft of the idea or a mash-up of notes, and then the work starts: how do I make this have meaning? At second blush, when I get to the meaning part, a pet peeve, a belief, a disappointment, something I’ve experienced bubbles up and that’s when I have a story. Read more here. And hear Gay Degani read from chapter one of “What Came Before”: The post The Note Said, Your Mother Is My Mother appeared first on The Bookcast.
14 minutes | Nov 17, 2014
Public Life, Private Love
Television producer Charlie Trager knows he’s lucky to have a successful career and good friends and family who support him. The man he loves, however, is not so lucky. In Laurie Boris‘s novel “Playing Charlie Cool”, Joshua Goldberg suffers the spite of an ex-wife gunning to keep him from their two children, and maybe from Charlie. Determined not to let Joshua go, Charlie crafts a scheme that could remove the obstacles to their relationship – or destroy their love forever. More below the media player. Listen to Laurie Boris Download audio file (laurieboris.mp3) The Indie Author Life Does an author have the right to write from a point of view that is different from who they are? That sounds pretty elementary. But as Laurie Boris wrote in a recent guest post at avian30.com, it’s a question she has had to field in writing about the characters in “Playing Charlie Cool”: I wasn’t writing “a gay man.” I was writing Charlie. To me, that’s a huge difference. I’ve had writing teachers who shook fingers at me and said it was inauthentic, wrong, and in one case, actually a criminal abomination for a writer to get into the head of anyone outside of his or her own “identity.” I agreed to disagree. She didn’t. Bless her heart, I adore her, but we haven’t spoken much since. And I’m good with that. As a writer, especially as the kind of writer who likes to drop deep into a character and tell an organic story, no matter who comes knocking on my door, I don’t like to hear that I’m only qualified to write in the point of view of a left-handed, childless Unitarian woman of Eastern European extraction up to and including the age of fifty-three. It makes me feel limited. Hamstrung. Like the world thinks I’m lacking in imagination. If we all believed in this tired canard, would there be science fiction? Harry Potter? Twinkly vampires? Hobbits? Narnia? Had A.A. Milne ever been a stuffed bear with a honey fetish? I don’t think so. Read the complete post here. The post Public Life, Private Love appeared first on The Bookcast.
15 minutes | Nov 13, 2014
A Love Vertigo
Ruby Lambert is the eldest daughter in the eccentric Lambert family of Hingham, Massachusetts. Angus Aleshire is a charming, smart and athletic boy who the Lamberts try to help, and who shares Ruby’s unconventional bent and love of the piano. And, in Amanda Holmes‘s novel “I Know Where I Am When I’m Falling” Ruby and Angus fall in love. But Angus has a dark side. His boyish charms start to wear thin, costing him family and friends. And when his clever schemes and misbehavior get him in trouble, culminating in a spectacular art heist, Angus tries even Ruby’s love for him. Holmes’s story poses uncomfortable questions about why love is sometimes not enough, and why we sometimes fail to see what’s right before our eyes. More below the media player. Listen to Amanda Holmes Download audio file (amandaholmes.mp3) The Indie Author Life Does Amanda Holmes believe in hauntings? In a recent blog post, excerpted here, she recounts the following: I wrote the novel with thoughts about a man I once loved – and the story is largely about him – although some of it is imagined. For instance, at the end of the novel – I imagined how the character of Angus might have died at sea. I was living in Rome when I wrote a lot of the novel. And while I was writing the part where I imagined Angus dying, I was also teaching at The American University of Rome. This particular afternoon, I had been deep in my writing, imagining how Angus might have gone missing at sea, and the writing took a lot out of me. I had gone very far into my imagination, to pull up certain elements of the man who inspired Angus. I needed a break. So I stopped writing, and turned my thoughts to a course I was teaching. Suddenly the opening lines of Dickens’ Hard Times came to mind – “Now, what I want is Facts.” It struck me as amusing, and I thought I might begin my lecture here, so I turned to the bookcase behind me, to see if I had a copy of that novel. It turns out, I didn’t. My Dickens set was incomplete. Bear with me — because here comes the haunting – either that or a series of coincidences worthy of Dickens himself. My husband Ben and I have traveled all over the world, and our books have followed us from country to country. Some of them we had not opened in years – and this became evident in what was to follow. Because when I saw I didn’t have a copy of Hard Times, I took down another Dickens’ novel, Bleak House. I don’t know why I did it. I opened the book at random – and to my surprise, I found a card, that had been slid into the book many years before. tucked into a copy of Bleak House It came from the man who inspired the character of Angus. Read the complete post — and see Amanda’s amazing photos — here. The post A Love Vertigo appeared first on The Bookcast.
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