Tell us a little more about yourself?
I am an author, poet and artist. I paint with my pen, and write with my paintbrush. I earned my M.A. in Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Then, taking a sharp turn in my education, I earned my M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
I write across a variety of genres: Apart From Love (literary fiction), Rise to Power (historical fiction), A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Home (poetry), Twisted (dark fantasy), Now I Am Paper (children’s book) and Jess and Wiggle (children’s book.)
Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?
I am in the last stretch of writing my next novel, titled A Peek at Bathsheba. This is the second volume in my new historical fiction series, The David Chronicles, told in the voice of King David.
I know no better way to share a taste of my writing than to let you read an excerpt. Here goes:
And just when I crawl under the blankets, and turn my face to the wall, getting ready for the chill to take me back in its grip, I hear her footfalls coming back. The door is still closed between us which muffles her voice when she cries out, “Help you want? You’ll get it when you give it.”
“I wish I knew what you want me to do,” I mumble, sinking into my pillow.
Which is the moment I sense, by the cold draft on the back of my neck, that she has opened the door, if only by a crack.
“Perhaps,” says Bathsheba, “you can’t do it anymore, you can’t find the words to reach out to me.”
She waits a moment for a reply, which I am too sleepy to give. My eyes are heavy, and the only thing I can still discern is shadows, dancing on the wall. Without having to look I sense a new presence. There it is, in the corner.
Slumber is here, waiting.
Bathsheba comes closer and this time, she kneels before me. “Perhaps asking forgiveness is a hard thing, too hard for you to do. That,” she says, “I can understand. But rising to action was something you used to enjoy, and you did it quite well, especially when threatened.”
“Yes,” I murmur, in a tone that grows more and more sluggish, from one word to the next. “I used to thrive on it. Fame… Grandeur… Glory… ”
The last thing I sense before sleep comes is her touch. She clasps my hand, and with her warmest voice she says, “I beg you: show me you still care. Read the scroll. Do it now, David, because this you must realize: my life and the life of our son are both in grave danger.”
Do you have any specific inspiring incident that turned you out as an author?
My creative drive in poetry, Story-telling, and art, started early in life. Before I knew how to hold a pen in my hand, I would tell stories that my father (a poet, writer and artist himself) would write down for me. He would also ask me to help him rhyme his lines, which introduced me to the music of words and the intricacies of writing.
Today I strive to stretch the envelope of what I create. In art, I use different mediums, which enriches my designs: I sculpt (in bronse, clay, and paper); I draw in charcoal, ink, and pencils; I paint in watercolor and oils; and I create animations. Similarly, in my literary work I write in different genres, which enriches my thinking: My novel Apart From Love is contemporary fiction; my book Home is poetry; my book Twisted is fantasy; and my book A Favorite son is historical fiction and biblical fiction.
Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?
I did. My covers are based on my own art.
What inspires you to write? Is there any level of similarity with the events or characters in your book and in reality?
I am drawn to characters of complexity. By writing them I hope to put a mirror to the torment we all go through, as we stand on a crossroad contemplating our choices. In this series the character, David, tells his story. How does he see himself, during this first phase of his life? With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms and music?
What, in your opinion is the toughest part while carving your book?
When you are gripped in pain, you can’t escape, you are locked inside a jar, so to speak. But if you write about it, you will eventually be able to ‘swim’ into the jar through the glass walls, feel that pain, but the wonderful thing is–you will be able to swim out again. You will no longer be gripped.
So the important thing to know about your characters is that each one of them is gripped in some emotion, has an overwhelming need which may be at odds with another character. While your mind ’embodies’ this character, you must live in her skin and see things through her eyes. Then, when you move to embody another character, you ‘swim’ out of one skin and into another. At every moment, you must be totally committed to the point of view of the character whose skin you have just entered.
So the difficult thing is to take a hop from one character to another, going in and out of these borders between them, their glass jars. Why is this difficult? Because each one of these characters wants to hold onto your pen, and they have a hard time relinquishing control of you, the writer.
Share a word of advice with our readers and authors, if any?
My best advice to develop your writing–besides reading a lot–is this: read your story aloud in front of a live audience. Listen not only to their comments and suggestions, but more importantly–to their breathing pattern while the story is being read. Are they holding their breath at the right moment? Do they burst out laughing, or wipe a tear when you intended? If not, you must go back to the drawing board and adjust your sentences.
Where can we find your books?
RISE TO POWER:
♥ Ebook ♥ http://bookShow.me/B00H6PMZ0U
♥ Audio ♥ http://tinyurl.com/rise-audio
♥ Print ♥ http://bookShow.me/098499324X
♥ Ebook ♥ http://bookShow.me/B00D7Q3IY4
♥ Print ♥ http://bookShow.me/0984993266
♥ Audio ♥ http://tinyurl.com/Twisted-audio
♥ Ebook ♥ http://bookShow.me/B00960TE3Y
♥ Print ♥ http://bookShow.me/0984993231
♥ Audio ♥ http://tinyurl.com/Home-audible
A FAVORITE SON:
♥ Ebook ♥ http://bookShow.me/B00AUZ3LGU
♥ Audio ♥ http://tinyurl.com/fvort-a
♥ Print ♥ http://bookShow.me/0984993258
APART FROM LOVE:
♥ Ebook ♥ http://BookShow.me/B006WPITP0
♥ Audio ♥ http://tinyurl.com/aprtl-a
♥ Print ♥ http://bookShow.me/0984993207
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