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Character Interview: Jamie Collins from Michael Bowler’s romantic thriller ‘A Matter of Time’

We’re thrilled to have here today Jamie Collins from Michael Bowler’s new romantic thriller, A Matter of Time.  Jamie is a 20-year-old college student living in Santa Clara, California.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Jamie.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Actually, I feel I was excellently portrayed, maybe better than I could’ve portrayed myself. And I’m an aspiring writer, too.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

He could’ve described me as dashingly handsome to the point that ladies swooned in my presence. Ha! Sadly, that would’ve been true fiction. As to my personality, I feel he got it just right. I’m kind of an introspective guy, even shy at times, and that can be a difficult character trait to make interesting. But I think Mike hit just the right note in describing my interactions with the other characters as well as with the events that befell me.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Honorability, maybe loyalty. I confront some very difficult moral dilemmas in this story and had to make very weighty decisions. My honorable nature, I believe, is what impelled me to make the right choices.

Worse trait?

Self-doubt. I second-guess my decisions too much, even when others tell me I made the right one.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Ezra Miller is a phenomenal actor and he’d be outstanding playing me (plus he’s better looking than me, too, and that doesn’t hurt – Ha!)

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes. Actually, there are two, but only one is my soul mate. Sounds corny, I know, but I do find the love of my life along this journey. (sigh)

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

About the time I realized I had no way to get off Titanic and was going to go down with the ship. I’d planned everything out so perfectly, except how to get myself off the ship!

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Jay, because he’s cynical and bitter about life and I wouldn’t want to go through life that way.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Fate is pretty cruel to me in this story, and I’m kind of a basket case at the end. Still, I come to a better appreciation of who I am than I had at the beginning, and I’m hopeful that all the pain I endured can be turned into something positive.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Maybe not quite so much pain and suffering thrown my way next time, huh? How about showing me some love, eh, Mike?

Thank you for this interview, Jamie.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Very likely, since I kind of, inadvertently, changed the timeline ever so slightly, but even a slight alteration can have devastating consequences, and, unfortunately, those consequences will fall on me like the proverbial ton of bricks. Oh well . . .

Michael Bowler grew up in San Rafael, California. He attended St. Raphael’s School and Marin Catholic High School before attending Santa Clara University. Titanic and her tragic fate fascinated him for as far back as he can remember. He has a vast collection of artwork, memorabilia and virtually every book ever written about the disaster.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara and got a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and “Things II.”

He has written a number of unproduced screenplays and is currently working on other novels he has outlined. He’s been teaching high school in Hawthorne, California for over twenty years.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys over 28 years with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles for 27 years.  He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

His first novel, A Boy and His Dragon, was originally written in the 1980’s before fantasy stories enjoyed a major renaissance, and has remained unpublished to this day. It is intended as the first of a trilogy.

A Matter of Time, his second novel, was originally written in the 1980’s and completed in the mid-1990’s as time permitted.

You can visit Michael on the web at www.michaeljbowler.webs.com.

Follow Michael Bowler on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/BradleyWallaceM

Friend Michael Bowler at Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1377702356

Pick up a paperback copy of Michael Bowler’s A MATTER OF TIME at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/A-Matter-Time-Michael-Bowler/dp/143278711X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344430749&sr=8-1&keywords=michael+bowler

Download your electronic copy of Michael Bowler’s A MATTER OF TIME at Amazon Kindle Store:  http://www.amazon.com/A-Matter-of-Time-ebook/dp/B007GOAC9C/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1344430749&sr=8-1

Purchase your paperback copy of Michael Bowler’s A MATTER OF TIME at Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-matter-of-time-michael-bowler/1109296752

Pick up a copy of Michael Bowler’s A MATTER OF TIME at Outskirts Press:   http://outskirtspress.com/webpage.php?ISBN=9781432787110

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What is your destiny?

This question haunts 20-year-old Jamie Collins. A junior at Santa Clara University in 1986, Jamie has friends, a  professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer.

Then the dreams begin – nightmarish visions that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912!  Less than a week before the 74th anniversary of its sinking, Jamie discovers that his fate is inexplicably linked to that of the famous vessel. Somehow, the two timelines are overlapping, and when Titanic dies this time, Jamie will die along with it.

The dreams reveal something evil stalking the ill-fated ship, something that expedites the collision which sinks her. Jamie realizes that the only way to stop this evil and prevent his own death may be to prevent Titanic from sinking in the first place.

But how? How can he stop that ship from sinking in 1912 when he hadn’t even been born yet? And even if he can stop it – should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? Jamie’s quest to fulfill his destiny ties friendsand  family together  in ways he could never have  imagined.

A Matter of Time is an emotionally charged voyage into the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.

 

 

 

Pump Up Your Book December 2011 Virtual Book Publicity Holiday Tour Special

1111Pump Up Your Book is happy to announce a very cost-saving special for December to help you promote your book during the holidays. Because we want to give back to the community and we know how everyone is strapped buying presents and getting ready for the holidays, we are offering a 2 week special only applicable during the month of December. If you are an author with a new release or a book that was published years ago and you want to give it new life, read on!

The December 2011 Virtual Book Publicity Holiday Tour Package includes:

  • Full publicity included but not restricted to daily postings about your book on social networks and other online media outlets before and during your tour.
  • You will receive one personalized reviewer’s page which will announce your book to our over 500 reviewers.
  • You will receive one personalized tour page which will include your book cover, author photo, book summary, book excerpt, purchase information, book trailer if applicable and other relevant information about your book. All of our tour pages implement SEO for more exposure to potential buyers looking for your kind of book in the search engines. This tour page will be your guide telling you and your readers where you are appearing on any given day.
  • You will receive one personalized tour banner used to advertise your tour and can be placed on your website, blog, even email signatures.
  • You will be included in our revolving book banner on the first page of our site as well as other blogs and media outlets.
  • You will be included in our December Tour Trailer which will be uploaded to YouTube and other video media outlets.

This special is only good for the month of December with a deadline of October 30. The tour will run December 5 – 16 and will consist of 10 “stops.” You will appear on blogs geared specifically for your book, with possibilities of appearing at Reuters, USA Today, Chicago Times, Washington Post and other high profile news sites.

No other discounts apply during this promotional special.

So what does all this book publicity cost?

We are offering the December 2011 Virtual Book Publicity Holiday Tour FOR THE LOW PRICE OF $149!

After October 30, the December tour will increase to $249 for the same amount of stops, so reserve your spot soon! Payments can be made via Paypal (Paypal accepts most major credit cards). Space is limited so sign up soon!

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE ONLY OPEN DECEMBER 5 – 16 TO GIVE OUR WELL-DESERVED STAFF MEMBERS A LITTLE HOLIDAY BREAK BEFORE THE NEW YEAR STARTS. IF YOU ARE REQUESTING A GOLD TOUR FOR NOVEMBER & DECEMBER, THE PRICE WILL BE $549.

Christmas WreathHere’s what our past clients have to say about their Pump Up Your Book Tour:

“I invested in a three month virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Books promotions for my noir thriller, Moonlight Falls. Not only did the marketing campaign work wonders for spreading the word about the new novel, in the very last month, on the very last day of the tour, Moonlight Falls became an Amazon Kindle bestseller!”

–Vincent Zandri, author Moonlight Falls and The Remains

Dot, I just want to let you know that your book tour is the greatest I’ve ever imagined! You just do a most awesome job. I feel like I’m all over the internet! Thanks so much for all your care and brains! This is an author tour with heart!

- Lilian Duval, author of YOU NEVER KNOW: TALES OF TOBIAS AN ACCIDENTAL LOTTERY WINNER

“I finished a two week mini virtual tour with Pump Up Your Book that ended on the 14th. It was a very positive experience consisting of guest blog posts, interviews, and reviews. The reviews for Schooled In Lies have been excellent so far, although I still need some Amazon reviews…hint…hint! Click here for the links to my stops. I highly recommend Pump Up Your Book virtual tours. Dorothy Thompson is a sweetheart and made the entire process painless.”

–Angela Henry, Schooled in Lies

“…This has been an awesome experience!!!”

–Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of WENCH

“…I’ve really enjoyed working with you these past 2 months. Your encouraging comments and always funny upbeat personality has been the highlight of each and every day we prepared for this tour. I’ll be sad when it’s all over. :( I highly recommend you to any author looking for an online publicist.”

–Victoria Simcox, author of THE MAGIC WARBLE

The “good press” about you is no lie! I’m very happy about the mention in the Chicago Sun Times! Yay!”

–Joanne Sundell, author of Meggie’s Remains

“The world of publishing has changed so dramatically that it’s imperative to go where people are reading and talking about books and buying them – which is online. Dorothy Thompson came highly recommended and she has been great!”

–Gary Morgenstein, author of Jesse’s Girl

“This tour has been wonderful as was the first – I hope you are booked solid for August. Your presentational data is so well done and professionally presented – you truly represent us so individually and in the best light. I hope all of your clients really understand and appreciate what you provide and what it takes to bring it all together. You personalize each person (client) and really extend yourself in every way. And you are so honest and basically very up-front in fulfilling all of your activities. As I always say, “You are such a sweetheart!””

–Angus Munro, author of Full House But Empty

I have absolutely loved touring with Pump Up Your Book because they have been a pleasure to collaborate with and I can´t imagine a way to make the process simpler than they have made it. I take off my hat to Dorothy Thompson and her staff!”

–Dr. David Gruder, The New IQ

“I’m so pleased every day when I look at Google Alerts and see our titles all around the blogosphere, so thanks for that!”

–World Ahead Media

“Dorothy Thompson is the Queen of the Virtual Tour. She knows her business. Dorothy has gotten me more publicity in a shorter time than all of the other pr people I have worked with put together. In addition, she has opened a new world of internet marketing to me. She has definitely moved me up the search engines. And that’s what we authors want, isn’t it?”

Judi Moreo, author of YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH: EVERY WOMAN’S GUIDE TO PURPOSE, PASSION, AND POWER

“…thank you for such a wonderful job – can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am…”

Jane Green, NY Times Bestselling author of SECOND CHANCE

“The Pump Up Your Book staff is a remarkable group of professional people who baby sit you through your entire tour. I highly recommend them. They treat your book like it’s their book.”

Garasamo Maccagnone , St. John of the Midfield

I’m so thrilled—Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life won the CSPA Book of the year! This is a popular award, so publicity played as big a role as quality of the book. I want to thank you for all the hard work you did arranging this book tour back in June. It helped immensely to get the word out, and to get reviews and interested readers.”

Karina Fabian, author of Why God Matters

“I don’t think people realize how much work it is to promote your book. Jeez, writing the book is the easy part!!! I really thank Dorothy for putting my virtual tour together. I’ve had a few other writers ask me if I did this. My writing mentor was very impressed. But I told them I wouldn’t have even known where to start. Sure you can ask a few friends to host you, but how do get the schedule together without going crazy? There’s no way I could have done the tour by myself.”

Kim Baccellia, author of EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA

“When I began promoting the release of “Only Moments” I contracted a very high image Public Relations company. I got a few radio interviews but not one review, and no web exposure whatsoever. I only wish that I had met Dorothy Thompson and her “Pump Up Your Book Promotion” a few months earlier. Her tireless commitment gave me exposure beyond my expectations and at a tenth of what I paid one of the best Public Relations firms in the country.”

Nick Oliva, author of ONLY MOMENTS

“Dorothy is a wonderful resource for promoting your book. I highly recommend her blog tour for authors who want to get the most out their publicity dollars.”

Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America

“Dorothy is amazing! She’s taught me so much about promoting books on the internet and she’s got a heart of gold.”

–Kathy Holmes, author of REAL WOMEN WEAR RED

“Get in touch with the Pump Up Your Book people…they are the best!”

–Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

“It’s been great working with you! You’ve made the book marketing process fun. I’d recommend your service to any newly published author.”

Deborah Woehr, Prosperity: A Ghost Story

 

“I have shared your site and services with all of the authors at Bella Books and Spinsters Ink, and I hope some of them take advantage of your services. so far, I am really pleased, and I have had nothing but rave reviews about my trailer. I love it!”

Linda Kay Silva, Across Time

“First of all, the virtual world is entirely new to me, and discovering it has been a great adventure. And then Dorothy Thompson has been wonderful, working so hard on my behalf, getting me reviews, and interviews like this one, giving me an opportunity not just to talk about my book, but to meet a world of new and interesting people. And I’ve been so touched by how welcoming and kind and interested you (Rebecca Camarena) and other hosts have all been.”

 

Camille Marchetta, author of The River, By Moonlight (as quoted on Rebecca Camarena’s blog at Paperback Writer)

“This has been a wonderful experience. Dorothy Thompson and her whole team are very committed to each author, take each author’s tour very seriously, and work towards maximum exposure in the right places. This is the best book promotion expenditure I’ve made in terms of return on investment. I highly recommend Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller, author of MRS: LIEUTENANT

“This past month has been just amazing. Thank you so much for all you did to get the word out there…I loved your emails, always sprinkled with good humor and good sense…I look forward to VBTing with you again in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.”

My best,
Linda Merlino, author of BELLY OF THE WHALE

“The tour’s going really well – my amazon book sales are up and the blog postings are storming up the google search pages…”

Gabriella Goddard, author of GULP!

“I have found my virtual book tour experience to be thought provoking and illuminating. It has made me think my book and my writing in much more thoughtful manner. I truly believe that virtual book tours help writers and inform readers, and I know that I will be doing one for all of my future novels.”

Bernadette Steele, author of THE POETRY OF MURDER

“(The tour)…was 10 times harder than writing the book. Would I do it again? Sure. It was challenging but it was fun.”

Tony Robles, author of JOEY GONZALEZ, GREAT AMERICAN

“My publisher just told me that JANEOLOGY is going back for a second printing. That means sales are going strong! I’m sure much of this has to do with my blog tour. Woo hoo! I’m having fun and I guess you can’t ask for more than that!”

Karen Harrington, author of JANEOLOGY

“I want to thank you for all the great work you did for my first virtual tour. You were a delight to work with!”

Sean McCartney, author of THE TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB: THE SECRETS OF THE MAGICAL MEDALLIONS

“That went really fast! I am so glad I signed up for this tour as it has really helped to spread the word about Fifo, and that helped to win the Mom’s Choice Award…so thank you very much, Dorothy!”

– Hayley Rose, author of FIFO ‘FIFTY STATES”

Click here to find out where to sign up!

Beyond the Books: Interview with Author DCS

DCS is the author of Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening and Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension.  When not writing you can listen to her radio show, In The Mind of DCS every Saturday evening at 7pm CST on the Paranormal Soup Network.  Currently sucking up the creative energy of New Orleans, she hard at work at the next book in the Synarchy Series, and an upcoming webisode series called The Fallen.  Visit her website at www.themindofdcs.com to learn more.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, DCS.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

A: I am multi-published. That’s fun to say.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

A: The very first full length novel that I wrote was called Charcot. It was about an ex FBI profiler that made a serial killer to see what could be learned from it. I never published it because I thought I could do better. I may come back to it one day.

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

A: I self-published it, so no rejection pile for me!

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

A: I started my own publishing company, SVT Publishing.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

A:  It was very surreal to hold my first published novel in my hands. There wasn’t a big celebration though, just a big smile on my face and then my brain started exploding with everything I needed to do next to tell the world about it.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

A: I’m pretty sure the first thing I did was put together a website for the book, and then wrote a few press releases.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

A: No. But I would have slowed down and learned more.

Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

A: I have, I’m on my second novel now, Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension. And I think I’ve grown by leaps and bounds. Not just with my writing, but also with learning about the business/marketing side of things.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

A: I don’t think I could have sped things up, more like slowed down a little. As authors we can be really, really excited to thrust our masterpieces out there, but especially if you’re self-published you really have to take the time to make sure your work is in the best condition it can possibly be.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

A: Just being published I think is an accomplishment. But I do have huge news on the horizon but I can’t share it with anyone just yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to let the cat out of the bag soon.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

A: Something in relation to the business world. I like business.

Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

A: I’ve combined the best of both worlds. Writing is very creative, but it still is a business.

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

A: Busy! Writing more books, running an entertainment company, all kinds of things. I’m pretty ambitious.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

A: Learn everything, and then do it your way.

Five Delicious Tips For Self-Love by Barbora Knobova

Our special guest today is Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls.  Barbora is a writer, love coach and expert in Delicious Life.  She writes hilarious, sharp-witted, caustically apt, ironic, moving, true books for strong independent, smart, fearless women.  She has written several self-improvement books and teaches women about the importance of self-love in relationships and life in general.  Barbora speaks eight languages and has found her home away from home in New York, London and Milan.  She is always on the move, accompanied by her beagle Brinkley, the nasty dog from her new book in Tales for Delicious Girls.  You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

Five Delicious Tips for Self-Love

My book Tales for Delicious Girls encourages women to love themselves truly, appreciate and respect themselves, put themselves first. I believe in the power of self-love because we cannot be loved unless we love ourselves. Therefore, I would like to share with you the following five tips that might help you fall in love with yourself.

1. Treat yourself like the most precious person in your life.

Think about all the people you love. I bet there are so many wonderful people in your life. How do you treat them? With love and respect? Treat yourself the same way. You are the most important person in your life so treat yourself as such! You deserve it.

2. Be perfect in your own eyes.

We women tend to be overly critical to ourselves and very often we focus on what we don’t like about ourselves. Guess what? No one is perfect so let go off those negative feelings and statements. Stop making lists of your imperfections once and for all. Start making lists of your virtues instead!

3. Look into the mirror of your self-love.

Your relationships with other people reflect the relationship you have with yourself. They are the mirror of your self-love. If you don’t like the way your friends, family or colleagues treat you, look at the way you treat yourself. Change your attitude to yourself, show yourself lots of love and respect, and your relationships with other people will change too.

4. Cherish your inner and outer beauty.

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Your real beauty comes from within – and this is not a cliché! Attitude is everything. Be proud of yourself and decide to feel beautiful now. Because if you feel like the most beautiful girl in the world, that’s what you will be.

5. Decide to love yourself truly.

It’s all in your head. You can decide now to start loving yourself just a little bit more and it will turn your life around. Be your own best friend and treat yourself as such. Put yourself first and for once in your life focus on what you want and on what makes you happy. Your happiness is in your hands and the key to it is your self-love.

Interview with Biography Psychology Author Lady Colin Campbell

Daughters of NarcissusLady Colin Campbell – Georgie to her friends – was born in St Andrew, Jamaica into a privileged family and well-connected family, her father being a descendant of the Emperor Charlemagne and various European kings such as Willliam the Conqueror, and her mother a well-known ‘Society’ beauty. Beneath the veneer of upper-class civility and graciousness, however, lay a cauldron of dysfunctionalism, largely as a result of her mother Gloria’s narcissistic personality disorder. This would have a lifelong impact upon her life, with the result that her success as a writer and socialite was coloured, sometimes for the better, by her familial experiences. She is divorced from the Queen’s cousin Lord Colin Campbell, son of the 11th Duke of Argyll, and is the mother of two sixteen year old sons. They live in London but also have a chateau in France.

Q:  Welcome to Beyond the Books,  Georgie. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

A: I have written several books.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

A: The title of my first book was The Substance and the Shadow, which I wrote in 1973. It as a philosophical treatise and I pulled the plug on it to protect my privacy. Howard Kaminsky, then the head of Warner Books, was interested in publishing it, but needed me to include personal material as a ‘hook’. I felt that doing so would violate my privacy and, rather than do that, decided not to allow publication to go forward. Ironically, within months of that decision, my privacy was violated in a quite inglorious manner, since when I have had rather less privacy than the average person.

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

A: It took another twelve years for me to consider publishing another book, but in 1985 I wrote Guide to being a Modern Lady, which incorporated some of the philosophical elements of The Substance and the Shadow, but in a more commercial way. I was fortunate enough to have the first publisher approached accept the work. Heterodox was not a vanity publisher nor was the book self-published.

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

A: It was published by Heterodox, who had a good reputation for putting their all into their writers, which seemed a good ting to me. Although much smaller than Warner Books, I liked Graham Lea as much as I had liked Howard Kaminsky, and felt I would be in safe hands – which turned out to be the case. Sadly, he later on developed serious health problems and had to retire. I for one sadly missed him.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

A: It felt delicious to be published for the first time and I celebrated by opening up my address book to Heterdox, who threw me a splendid party at the Foreign Press Association headquarters off Pall Mall – a most elegant building which, if I remember correctly, had once belonged to William Gladstone; the Victorian Prime Minister.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

A: I allowed myself to be interviewed at home by a variety of journalists, which might not seem like a big deal but believe me, it was, because my20experience of the English press had, up to that time, been consistently awful. I had had to sue three of the largest newspaper companies in the UK for libel, and, despite them giving undertaking not to repeat lies about me, they had done so ad nauseum. However, I took the view that a professional writer has a duty to her publisher and to herself to promote her work, so bit the bullet. To my surprise, much of the publicity was favourable.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

A: No.

Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

A: I have been published repeatedly since, by publishers of varying sizes, from small publishers such as Arcadia (winner of the Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year) to large publishers such as Little Brown in the UK and St Martin’s Press in the US. I have also been published in many different foreign territories such as Japan, Korea, Poland, France, Germany and Spain, to name some but not all. I hope I have grown in ability, and certainly have found the process of promotion far less arduous the older and more established I have become. Although I have always been treated with respect abroad, in the UK it has taken years for journalists to accept that someone can be upper-class and capable – the prevailing view being that all privileged 0Apeople need to be cut down to size, irrespective of their merits – a stupid class-prejudiced viewpoint that has one would have found laughable, had it not been so mean-spirited and senseless. My one saving grace was that, being foreign by birth and upbringing, I was not tempted to take the British class-consciousness personally, and, rather than become angered by it, I treated it with the compassion it deserved. But it really is a pity when otherwise intelligent people view life from a prism of distorting class-consciousness, which, I fear, is something the British do.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

A: Since I was fortunate enough to have my first two books accepted by reputable publishers, I do not think I could have sped up the process.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

A: Being on the New York and London Times bestsellers list.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

A: I chose the profession I wanted.

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

A: I see myself continuing to write until the grave. I have several books in me that I would like to get out – and that does not take into account the books that I will want to write in the future. I do not believe in retirement. Death is retirement enough – why retire from life and what you love doing?

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

A: I would encourage anyone who wants to write to do so; not to give up if they find it difficult at first; and to continue honing their craft until they can no longer tap the computer keyboard. Writing is a wonderful career, and those of us who are privileged enough to have it as one, should count our blessings.

Dynasty’s website is available from www.dynastypress.co.uk and my blog can be accessed through http://ladycolincampbell.blogspot.com/.

Beyond the Books with Gary Morgenstein, author of Jesse’s Girl

Gary MorgensteinNovelist/playwright Gary Morgenstein is the author of four novels. In addition to Jesse’s Girl, a thriller about a widowed father’s search for his adopted teenage son who has run away from a drug treatment program to find his biological sister, his books include the romantic triangle Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, the political thriller Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and the baseball Rocky The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees. His prophetic play Ponzi Man performed to sell-out crowds at a recent New York Fringe Festival. His other full-length work, You Can’t Grow Tomatoes in the Bronx, is in development. He can be reached at www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Morgenstein/1011217889 or visit Gary at Red Room at http://redroom.com/member/garymorg.

Welcome to Beyond the Books, Gary. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Including Jesse’s Girl, I’ve published four novels: Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, Take Me Out to the Ballgame and The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees.

What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

Oh boy, I haven’t thought of this one for a long time. When I was a senior in college at SUNY at Stony Brook, I wrote a sci-fi novel A Giant Step Back. It was about the discovery of precious indestructible metals on the Moon, which solves humanity’s mineral crisis – but comes at a possibly fearsome price. I came close at Doubleday but never published it.

For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

St. Martin’s Press published my first novel Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Actually I was pretty lucky here and got accepted by the second agent, who sold it to the first house.

How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

Rejection is so very painful because it goes straight to your heart and your soul. A writer opens himself up, in varying degrees, of self-honesty so more often than not, it’s difficult if not impossible to separate rejection of your work from rejection of you. “Oh, honey, it’s not about you, it’s about me.” Uh-huh, right. All you can do is not sulk (sure) or get depressed (course not) or wallow in self-pity (never). You just have to get off the canvas and keep writing and keep plugging. If you’re not like Rocky Balboa, you won’t make it as a writer.

When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

St. Martin’s published my first book and I choose them because I was a first-time author and the editor took me out to lunch and I felt like a big shot.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was so ecstatic that I was almost beyond the need to celebrate. I just sat there and enjoyed the feeling of enormous achievement. I was only 26 when it was sold, 27 when it was published.

What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Well I was sitting around waiting for The Tonight Show to call. Which they didn’t, lol. So I promoted myself and got an interview in the Long Island weekly section (now defunct) of the Sunday New York Times. I was living in Northport then, now I live in Brooklyn, the Center of the Known Universe.

If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

Oh no, that worked since it was the only alternative other than vanity publishing. Now there are other options, such as Amazon and e-books, which is great for writers since it is all about getting out there and getting your work before the public.

Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

I’ve now published a total of four novels. I think I’ve learned so much about myself and how to create characters and how to build a story. But the wonderful thing about writing is the learning and the growing never stops.

Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

I think earlier in my career, I tried to write too quickly and that became problematic. I should’ve taken deep breaths more.

What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

Reaching people with my words. When I get feedback about my new novel Jesse’s Girl, about a troubled father-son relationship, it really means an enormous amount. At the end of the day, it’s about touching people, perfect strangers, folks you will never meet. Talk about magic, huh?

If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

You mean if I had talent to play center field for the New York Yankees? Otherwise, I would’ve liked to been a college history professor. History is a huge passion for me, especially the era of the 1930s and 1940s.

Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

Combined the two. Maybe have written historical thrillers! Hmm, maybe it’s not too late

How do you see yourself in ten years?

Writing and enjoying life and waking up every morning with the hope for the best.

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

To never give up. Keep working at your craft. Someone once said, a novel is never finished, it is simply abandoned. Remember that one book is really an extension of the previous and that is what being a writer is all about, traveling along on the constant creativity, constant growth, constant search.

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