Interview with Chris Delyani, author of You Are Here

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Inside the Book:
You Are Here
Title: You Are Here
Author: Chris Delyani
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook/Paperback

All Peter Bankston ever wanted to do was paint.

An aspiring painter, Peter scratches out a pauper’s living in San Francisco, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he finds himself getting involved with not one but two very different men.

Like Peter, getting involved with another man is the last thing on Nick Katsaris’s mind. Smart, handsome, and good-humored, Nick’s done more than just survive—he’s positively thriving in San Francisco. But when he meets Peter, what begins as fun and games quickly turns into a game he can’t control.

Miles Bettencourt’s days are filled with longing. For him, San Francisco is haunted by Stuart, his missing ex-lover. Desperate to win him back, Miles wanders the streets in the hope of running into Stuart again. Instead, he runs into Peter—the one man who might hold the key to what Miles is looking for.

These three gay men soon form one very unlikely love triangle. Sometimes, when people break apart and then come together, they learn that discovering that where you are is the key to knowing who you are.

 

Question1- What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part about writing my book was making the time to write it. I used to be proud of myself that I’d get up at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays to work on it before heading off to my day job—until I realized I was spending too little time on it.

Question2- Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?

One of my favorite scenes occurs at the end of the book, the scene in which the reader sees the painting created by Peter Bankston, the novel’s protagonist. Lest I give too much of the story away, I present the scene here without placing it into context:

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Ben moved into the hallway and used his elbow to flick on a switch. Nick blinked to adjust his eyes to the light while Ben moved further into the hallway, stopping at the stairs and turning to the wall on the other side of the stairwell, across from the banister. Nick walked up to Ben, took the gin fizz Ben held out to him, and looked across the stairwell.

The rectangular canvas, far larger than any of the canvases at the art show, was a swirling mass of blue—aqua, peacock, midnight, and every hue in between. The swirls were denser on the left-hand side where they seemed to crash against the painting’s edge like waves against a sea wall, sparser on the right-hand side where they seemed to unbraid and rebraid lovingly, passionately, draining down to the bottom right-hand corner, which was left blank. Some of the swirls looked delicate, others bolder, still others as thick as if smeared on by the artist’s own fingers. Here and there looped threads of gold, orange, and crimson, the loops woven jaggedly into the blue, the lines tracing figures of people, animals, planets, stars; and near the center of the painting, as if laid onto the surface as an afterthought, floated a single pinkish-purple dot about the size of a dollar coin. Wherever this painting came from, it didn’t come from an old sketch; it came from a newer, wilder, more sensuous region of Peter’s imagination. And the size of it! If Peter were here he’d probably twist his toe into the floor and deny his ambition, but Nick knew better.

“Well, what do you think?” Ben said after a minute or two.

“It’s big.”

“It’s a map,” Ben said. “That was my idea. I told Peter wouldn’t it be neat if he could paint one of those ‘you are here’ maps like you see at the mall, except make it a life map, and that’s what he came up with: a painting called You Are Here. But I never thought he’d come up with something like this.”

Nick stared at the dot floating in the center of the painting and then followed the zigzagging line of the gold and crimson strands.

“I always get a lift when I look at it,” Ben said. “There’s something, I don’t know, ecstatic about it, don’cha think?”

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Question3- What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?

That they have read a believable story featuring people they recognize. The main characters are all gay men, making gay readers an obvious target. But I tried to cast my net wider than that. Hopefully readers of all preferences will be able to see the basic humanity underlying this story.

Question4- Who or what is the inspiration for the book?

I had a couple of inspirations. One was the city of San Francisco, the city I’d moved to in order to devote my life to writing fiction. The novel’s action never leaves the city’s limits. I had met a lot of people, both good and bad, during my first couple years living there, and I wanted to create a portrait that took in the whole picture.

The other inspiration is more literary: Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park.” In it a vain young man falls in love with the virtuous heroine, but the virtuous heroine won’t have anything to do with him. The young man’s pursuit is what drives that novel’s action—a pursuit that had always captured my imagination. In “Mansfield Park” the heroine is steadfast in her refusal to give in to temptation. In my novel? Let’s just say that the hero’s choice surprised me.

Question5- Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?

I’ve had many excellent teachers over the years, but none I could call a mentor. For my third book “Best Man,” though, I hired the services of Charlotte Cook, an excellent story editor who also happens to live near me. I thought I knew what hard work was until I met her.

Question6- I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?

Absolutely! I read a wide range of novels where I am constantly thinking about the choices the author has made to make a scene come alive or take the plot in a certain direction. (In the case of one of Anne Tyler, one of my favorite living authors, the question I often find myself asking is “how does she do it?”) I recently finished “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante, and I’m still marveling at how she’d used mere words to create a gritty Neapolitan neighborhood in the 1950s. I wish I’d discovered her sooner.

I also enjoy reading nonfiction. One of my favorites of the past couple of years was Robert Massie’s biography of Catherine the Great. I swear, if Catherine hadn’t actually existed, I would swear her story was the stuff of fiction. I also read the New York Times every day and try to imagine myself in the shoes of the people I read about—rich or poor, good or bad (but mostly good; sadly, there are some people out there I can’t imagine ever wanting to be). Still, I find most people endlessly fascinating, and a constant inspiration for stories.



 

Meet the Author:
 

In 1993, Chris Delyani moved to San Francisco from his native Boston to devote his life to writing fiction—and he’s been at it ever since. His first novel, The Love Thing, was published in 2009. He lives in Oakland, California.

 

 

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Book Blast: The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem by Cyril H. Price

 

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Title: The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem
Author: Cyril H. Price
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook/Paperback

By all reasonable calculations, a black child who started life with as many formidable challenges as author Cyril H. Price shouldn’t have prospered to the point of happiness he currently enjoys. In fact, at eight years of age, Price’s policy was to stay out of trouble, eat, and just survive.

Growing up in the heart of Harlem during the Great Depression, Price and his family did what they could to survive. In The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem, he shares the details of his life living in the midst of poverty, hunger, racism, family upheavals, and gangs. From his birth in New York City, to Ethiopia, to Trinidad, and back to New York City, Price tells about the death of his father at the age of forty-three and how his mother barely made ends meet to feed Price and his older sister.

Including details about his schooling, living conditions, and scrounging for bottles to earn money, The Tinfoil Prince of Harlem shares how one African-American boy rose to the challenge. He eventually became a dentist, an author, and a professor and raised a family of his own.

About the Author

Cyril H. Price, a graduate of Howard University, is a retired dentist, professor, and dean of a community college in New York City. He has written three books, including a novel, Confessions of a Crusader. Price and his wife, Doris, have three grown children, and live in Millsboro, Delaware

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Interview with Charles and Irene Nickerson, authors of The Crossroads of Space and Time

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The Crossroads of Space and Time
Title: The Crossroads of Space and Time
Author: Charles and Irene Nickerson
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 262
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook

Captain Bancroft couldn’t believe this resort. The beaches were pristine. The rooms were comfortable. Everything was so relaxing. The only area off limits was the northern beaches and an area they called the trench. He asked a Mr. Jones why. Mr. Jones told him that since he was head of security. He would take him out to the cliffs and show him the reason. While out there they saw a large sea bird flying over the water. That was when a large shark leaped from the water and snatched it from the air. Mr. Jones pointed out that is why the northern beaches and the trench were off limits. Bancroft decided that was a good reason. The rest of the crew was just having a good time. Mrs. Svedberg ran the resort like a general. The service staff seemed happy, despite the fact that she seemed demanding to work for. He also was confused by the large canus that seemed to have free run of the island. Till he was told they were part of the security detail. Yet, he liked what he saw. These Maxumus were good at what they did. Bancroft decided he was a lucky bear. At the very least his life would probably never be boring. He was going to be right.

The Interview

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? 

I was raised at a time when Faith Honor , hope and family were important

When and why did you begin writing?

After I retired my daughter pushed me to write then joined me in creating the stories we created.

What do you consider the hardest thing about writing? 

Staying true to your characters.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

I have had my careers I write because i want to tell stories.

Do you have a specific writing style? 

No not really. I am a trained Historian. So that might effect my writing.

Meet the Author:

Charles Lansford Nickerson has a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Northern Colorado and a BS in History from Iowa State University. He is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a Missile Combat Crew Member. He also taught History in Christian Schools for 10 years. He has previously published two acclaimed Poems. Irene Jean Nickerson is a graduate of Ankeny Christian Academy in Ankeny, Iowa. She is currently a student at Central College in Pella Iowa.


 

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Book Blast: The Escape by Mac Kinnon

 

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The Escape
Title: The Escape
Author: Mac Kinnon
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Political
Format: Ebook

Jack made comments about a prominent political figure when he and his wife, Joanne were living in Las Vegas. Jack lost his job and no employer would even talk to him. Joanne lost her job, too. They were blacklisted. They were informed that a warrant had been issued for their arrest, the charge being terrorism. They hit the road in an act of survival. They spent time in a native-American commune for a few months and then on to Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

They were being chased everywhere. Finally, the law in Texas informed them that was never a warrant for their arrest. The whole time they depended on God for their protection as their faith grew stronger with every episode they encountered.

Meet the Author:

Mac Kinnon, currently retired, has 40 years of on-the-job training in the construction industry. He is a talented musician and song-writer. Currently, he has published one book, Breaux, An American Icon. He and his wife presently live in Las Vegas, NV, and enjoy two grown children and two beautiful granddaughters and a handsome grandson

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Book Feature: Mark Christopher by Stan Matthews

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Mark Christopher
Title: Mark Christopher
Author: Stan Matthews
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ebook/Paperback

As Mark Christopher grows up in a small railroad town during the Great Depression, he dreams of doing something special with his life. Instead, he must face one tragedy after the other as war looms. First, his parents die and then his brother while serving in the Pacific.

When the war in Europe ends, Mark’s sister sends him to live with their grandmother and her son. To please them, Mark is baptized in a Baptist church. While enrolled in college, he befriends a Wallabot Indian who unsuccessfully tries to save Mark’s soul. Despite their religious differences, their friendship continues as Mark is offered a post-graduate scholarship contingent upon his admission to the ministry. Although Mark applies, he secretly believes he is unsuited. After he accepts a student pastorate position in a nearby church, he falls in love and marries. But when he shuns church leaders’ advice and leads a group of black migrants to integrate the county fair, Mark is thrown in jail where he is forced to reflect on his life, his choices, and whether what has been done can be undone.

Mark Christopher is the tale of one man’s faithful journey through poverty and war and tragedy and opposition as he searches for his destiny and meaning in his life.

Meet the Author:

Stan Matthews is a veteran investigative reporter and retired pastor who has worked for both Canadian and American newspapers and served as a fund raiser for many institutions, including churches, colleges, hospitals, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and PBS.

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Interview with Jena C. Henry, author of The Golden Age of Charli

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Inside the Book:

The Golden Age of Charli
Title: The Golden Age of Charli
Author: Jena C. Henry
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

 

Interview

Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I published The Golden Age of Charli- RSVP, the first book in the series in September, 2015. The second book in the series, The Golden Age of Charli-BMI will be released soon! I all ready have the copies- so excited!!
When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

Good question! My writing journey started when I decided to finally try to write what I called “a book-length document.” As I wrote, I began to feel more positive about my product. One day, while I was using the online thesaurus, an ad popped up- “Are you writing a book?” “Yes… YES!” I shouted. I clicked the link and soon received a call from a consultant at iUniverse. After a long discussion and plenty of questions from me, I chose iUniverse because they are a hybrid self-publisher. They offer a large team of professionals and services- all types of editing, cover design, marketing and promotion. This was the best of both worlds for me- I could move forward and achieve my publishing dream, but have access to all the services I would need to produce a high quality project.
How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Less than six months. I needed heavy editing for my first book- but much less for the second manuscript! Yay!
How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was thrilled, satisfied, and excited, and eager to learn more about the book and publishing world. I celebrated by starting to write the second book in the series. I also had a lovely launch party and book signing, complete with a specially crafted Charli cocktail.
What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Before my book was published, I used to wake up at night and worry about how to market and promote my book. iUniverse offered me a variety of marketing services and I have used many of them. I love marketing my book. The first thing I did, after my launch party, was to take a course in social media so I could start to build my platform. Since my first book was released, I have worked 4-6 hours a day on social media and my website and blog.


Meet the Author:

 

Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.

 

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Book Feature: Palindrome by E.Z. Rinsky

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Title: Palindrome
Author: E.Z. Rinsky
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Pages: 384
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ecopy/Paperback

Private Eye Frank Lamb’s business is simple: He finds things. Be it the world’s hottest pepper seed in a South American dictator’s safe or a pair of Italian art forgers sipping Prosecco in a Miami hotel room, he delivers the goods and collects his check, never with a smile. Work is work, and he doesn’t let it get in the way of the life he’s made for himself and his ten-year-old daughter, Sadie.

But when a staggeringly beautiful woman offers him a small fortune to find a cassette tape, curiosity gets the better of him. It contains, she explains, a recording her sister’s kidnapper made of her last three minutes on Earth. She conveniently fails to mention the unsettling effects the tape is rumored to have on listeners.

Frank takes the case, and enlists the help of reclusive tracker Courtney Lavagnino to pick up a trail that’s been cold for five years. As their search leads them through a horrifying labyrinth of murder and madness, it becomes clear they’re chasing much more than a memento.

 

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MEET THE AUTHOR

E.Z. Rinsky has worked as a statistics professor, copywriter and–for one misguided year–a street musician. He currently lives in Tel Aviv. More at ezrinsky.com

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Witness Impulse is giving away 3 print copies of the book!

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Book Feature: The Prevention of Crohn’s Disease by Gilles R.G. Monif, M.D.

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The Prevention of Crohn's Disease
Title: The Prevention of Crohn’s Disease
Author: Gilles R.G. Monif, M.D.
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Health
Format: Ebook

Prior to 1936, Crohn’s disease was a rare and unrecognized disease entity. Today, the United States is the midst of a rapidly growing epidemic. It is estimated that between 800,000 and 1.2 million citizens are currently afflicted. The unanswered question is WHY? In the 1990s, circumstantial scientific data inferred a potential causal relationship between Crohn’s disease in humans and mycobacterial pathogen in domestic animals, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). When it was documented that MAP survived pasteurization and was potentially present in milk, infant formula, and powdered milk, a global precautionary alarm button should have been pushed by those who govern in the public trust.

PREVENTION OF CROHN’S DISEASE describes MAP’s journey across the zoonotic bridge between animals and humans and the unique circumstances by which it allegedly produces disease.

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Meet the Author:

Gilles R. G. Monif, M.D. has served as Special Interest Consultant for Infectious Diseases to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A world recognized leader in infectious diseases that affect women and their unborn infants, he co-founded the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology. His text book Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, currently in its sixth edition, is the standing reference text for the discipline.

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Book Blitz – Until Next Time by Nictoria Robbins – Win a $25 Gift Card

 

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Title: Until Next Time
Author: Nictoria Robbins
Publisher: Xlibris
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Jake and Kirsten met on an online dating site, and their journey began, sometimes difficult; but for some reason, they keep coming back to each other, to lost souls. Kirsten is not sure what Jake wants, and neither does she. This story is about two people who try to hide their feelings. They care about each other, but it will end up tearing them apart. Not all stories have a happy ending.

Meet the Author:

Nictoria Robbins lives in Queensland, Australia. Her children have grown, and she started writing poetry and short stories and, from the enjoyment of writing, wrote her first book. Nictoria also loves to read and her garden, family, and friends who are close to heart. She hopes you enjoy the journey that she has written.

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Book Feature: A World Between by Robert M. Herzog

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Title: A World Between
Author: Robert Herzog
Publisher: Story Plant
Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: Ecopy/Paperback

Parts of the world have disappeared. For a while, nobody notices. Or cares. But as an increasing number of voids disrupt the fabric of reality, threatening the foundation of our world, they propel some of the greatest minds on the planet to determine what force, godlike or human, is behind the change. Now they must race to stop a dread emptiness before it leads to global oblivion.

A breathtaking novel that thrills on both an epic and human scale, A WORLD BETWEEN is an adventure at the frontiers of consciousness, where fractal geometry, quantum physics, and politics collide to create a story unlike any you’ve ever read.

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Meet the Author

 

Robert M. Herzog has had his stories and poems published in Solstice Literary Magazine, Toasted Cheese, Downstate Story Magazine, Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, and South Jersey Underground. He was a physics major until he read Nietzsche, a political philosopher turned entrepreneur dealing with the major issues of our time, from energy and environment to technology and health care, a Brooklyn boy who’s climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and remembers the taste of the first (and subsequent) great wine he drank.

 

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