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Research   Leave a comment

This week’s blog hop topic is the most interesting research you’ve ever done.

I love research, by the way. I’d do it if I wasn’t a writer, but it wouldn’t be nearly so focused because I have vast and varied interests. Maybe that’s an outgrowth of being a writer … or maybe that love of research predisposed me to write. It’s a chicken and egg scenario, I guess.

My fantasy project, Daermad Cycle, started out with researching Celtic names for our daughter. My husband’s family are Boston Irish Catholic, so they bred like bunnies and they used up many of the Celtic names then repeated some of them to the point of nausea. My mother’s family is also large and they have a rule — you can’t name a child for someone still living in the family. This prevents the Sr/Jr, little-big, Stephen-Steve-Stevie syndrome. So, when Brad (not his real name) said “Let’s give her an Irish name,” I had a huge need for research.

For the purposes of this blog, our daughter’s name is Bri (Brianne being her actual middle name), but her real first name was taken from an aunt of mine who had died several years before. That name is very ancient, a Celtic-French name that came to the Americas with the French voyageurs and got mixed into my grandmother’s Wyandot Indian culture. It’s so old-fashioned that it sounds new and it sounded very French — until I researched it and learned it has Irish equivalents and goes back into European Celtic culture.

By the time I finished researching the topic, I had learned all about the Celtic pantheon of deities and culture and that kicked around in my head demanding an outlet that opened one rainy afternoon while listening to Enya.

Perhaps my most interesting research is the one I’m doing currently for a short story for submission to an agorist anthology. The assignment in short is to write a piece of speculative historical fiction by pinpointing an event in history that was significant and changing some element that would have been a benefit to the development of agorist society. Agorists share many of the features of anarcho-capitalists … they support the dissolution of the state to be replaced by a capitalistic based society that has rules without rulers. A part of the assignment is to show agorism, voluntaryism  or the principle of non-aggression working in this scenario.

There are many different points in history that I could choose to make a change. I started with three. One of those was the question – “What would have happened if the US Constitution had not replaced the Articles of Confederation?” I circled the question a few times because this is a short story, so I can’t explore all the ramifications of that alternative scenario. I finally settled on a very specific possible outcome of that alternative history.

My mother’s tribe, the Wyandot, lived in Ohio at the time. If the Constitution had not been ratified, how might that have affected my mother’s people?

This opened up a whole area of research I had not considered before. When you grow up with stories, they are just part of the family history, but when you dig into the actual history, you learn a lot that was not previously known. It wasn’t just the Indians who would be affected and I really needed to answer the question of why the Constitution might not have been ratified.

There’s a lovely kettle of worms in this topic because the Constitutional convention was technically illegal, some states resisted it strongly and would have continued to do so if they’d had been given even a small reason to do so. For example, did you know that George Washington wanted to be king of the United States? I know. We don’t learn that in school. But in the spring of 1787, before the Constitutional Convention, he and Alexander Hamilton were writing to one another. Amid complaints of rheumatism and a desire to work on his estate, Washington agreed that the United States was in desperate need of an “executive” similar to the one we’d just overthrown in England and that he would, if necessary, agree to be that person, if they could find a way to couch it in terms the public would accept.

Wow! What if that letter had become public prior to the ratification fight? Hamilton’s letters as Publius would have been viewed much more suspiciously. Patrick Henry might have been moved to actually speak out for the anti-federalist side. The stress might have made James Madison (known for a nervous stomach) too ill to do his part in writing letters. What’s more, it is well-known that certain of the Ohio Company were monetarily influencing Congress — the President of Congress in 1787 became the Governor of the Northwest Territories in 1788. Washington owned lands in Ohio, so had a vested interest in that. One of the main arguments for the Constitution was that the country needed a standing army that could crush the Indian uprising. The discovering of a letter where two key figures were conspiring to establish an American monarchy might well have prompted Congress to investigate what was actually going on, which might have resulted in the failure of ratification, thus leaving the Articles of Confederation in place. That document was not the colossal failure that it is sometimes made out to be … for example, it could be amended but only with agreement from all the states.

Of course, the Americans were not the only ones who might have been affected. I needed to research the Wyandot and the other Ohio area tribes and the key figures who might have interacted with the white settlers at what become Marietta, Ohio. I learned a lot about my mother’s people and the history of that time. Family “legends” sometimes didn’t agree with history, but they also added much of the fictional intimate details that make the story readable. I found a treasure trove of tribal stories on the tribe’s website that halfway agreed with what I already knew, but there was also a lot of room for fiction to blossom.

I have not yet submitted my story to the anthology, so I don’t know if it will meet the requirements, but I am very pleased with having done the research and with the story that I am now editing. I learned some fascinating facts and came to the conclusion that this was perhaps THE most pivotal point in American history that might well have had far reaching consequences for Euro-American and Native-American relations, but also with American relations worldwide. If things had gone differently along the Ohio River, that might well have set a different table for how things would have progressed as the United States grew. Imagine no northern (and possibly no southern) Trail of Tears. Imagine no Indian genocide on the Plains. Imagine if white settlers had been forced by a lack of military power to negotiate with the Indians rather than force them off the land. And that’s just the one branch of the historical tree that would have been different. There are many, many more.

Having now done more research for a short story than for all of the Transformation Project, I am considering writing a speculative fiction novel based on the premise of “What if the illegal Constitutional Convention of 1787 had not changed our course of government?”

Interview with Lucinda E. Clarke   1 comment

LClarke Author PhotoToday’s interview is with Lucinda E. Clarke, a friend from the Booktrap, and quite the adventuress. Tell us something about yourself, Lucinda. 

Starting with basics, I was conceived and born in Dublin, Ireland (I don’t remember the conception part too well), then taken to England. By the time I got married I had spent years and years in the classroom, then trained to spend the rest of my life in the classroom, so I was not ready for the big, bad world.

That is so true for all of us.School is definitely not real life.

After first wedding, I tried crofting in Scotland (disaster we couldn’t get a spade through the permafrost) – bred small animals for pet shops (disaster, they all died) –  bred dogs (disaster, one took off and killed chickens).

So we took off for Kenya (disaster, husband walked off the job and we were almost stranded). On to Libya (disaster, this time we were thrown out of the country altogether), then Botswana (disaster, husband got fired, and I ran the worst riding school in the world). Then South Africa (finally success!!!) After slogging for a while in the classroom (this time I was fired) I began to write for radio and TV. Eventually I had my own video production company.

LClarke EggshellsWhat was the first story you wrote and how old were you?

You want me to remember that far back? I think it was when I was about 6 and it was written on little scraps of paper and I was so proud of it until my mother sneered at it. I do remember being an avid reader of Enid Blyton and thinking this doesn’t look too difficult, I could do this! (I was a precocious brat).

What are you passionate about?

My writing. Injustices against women. Cutting down trees. Population control.

What can you not live without?

In no particular order – my laptop, my iPad and my iPhone, a good internet connection and I better add my husband in there as well. Peace and quiet to write, beauty around me, that is vital too.

LClarke TLPYou lived in South Africa, have met Nelson Mandela, (scary) had a huge career in broadcast journalism (thank you). Tell us about that.

I am passionate about Africa and her people, but I just wish they would go the mentorship route and stop worrying about skin colour. In my books Truth, Lies and Propaganda and More Truth, Lies and Propaganda I tried to point out that mindsets and tribalism and nepotism are a factor, not race. I want to cry when I see how things are developing now in South Africa, everyone is adversely affected, all races and all people, except for the elite few who are exploiting those who are weaker.

Tell us about Walking Over Eggshells.

Originally I wrote this as a long, long letter to my children, and it stayed in manuscript form for several years. Then after the bombardment from the media about sexual abuse and how terrible it was, I began to get angry. Sure, that is horrific, but emotional abuse is more insidious. It does not stop at maturity, it does not stop if you move away, it goes on relentlessly, even after death. It’s difficult to pinpoint, almost impossible to explain and a nightmare to prove. It robs you of your self worth, your self confidence and your relationships with everyone you meet.

Then one day I decided to publish, in the hope that it might help even a few people who had had the same experiences. The emails I’ve received have been amazing and I have no regrets about sharing my story with the world (well a few people anyway!)LClarke More TLP

But it’s not a doom and gloom book, there is lots of humour there, and I think, an easy read.

Tell us about Amie.

Amie is my first real attempt at a full length novel. Most of my documentaries I turned into short, funny stories as they were aimed at educating and I feel this is best done through humour.

It was much harder than the autobiographies as I had to ‘make stuff up’ and I had to remember who was where and how they would behave in character. I’ve written stage plays, so I had a grounding in that format, but a 108,000-word book was much, much trickier. I just sit down at the lap top and write. I only have a basic storyline in my head and the characters take over and then I have to go back and mop up afterwards in case they made mistakes or contradicted themselves. It’s nothing to do with me, I blame them every time, I’m just on the scene to write down what they tell me.

LClarke AmieOh, I so represent that!

I have just finished the second Amie book – Amie and the African Child – which I hope to publish in August if not sooner.

I have a love / hate relationship with Amie, but she has become more feisty and so I like her a little better now.

I love feisty female characters. Tell us about Truth, Lies and Propaganda 1 and 2. Having been a journalist, I find that most of my former colleagues don’t see themselves as propagandists, but I know they are. So talk about that some.

These two books follow my writing career from the beginning to when I left South Africa. I had dreamed of writing for a living ever since I could remember, but was told to ‘get a proper job’ (hence the teaching).

It’s almost impossible not to play the propaganda game. Every newspaper has an agenda or supports one political party or another, or the views of the proprietor. If you are paid to write, then you write what the client wants, and I had my share of the clients from hell! You soon learn to take criticism (the customer / client is always right even when they are wrong), hone your tact and diplomacy and I guess lifting the lid on the few blatant examples in the books, I was getting my revenge!

Sure, you can starve in a garret and hold fast to your principles, but if you want the luxuries in life, such as food, a roof and clothes to wear, then you toe the line. I worked with some amazing people and many of the stories I reported and filmed were true to life, but of course it is the ones which tell lies, which tell the funny stories.

I feel very privileged to have been welcomed into rural huts, township shacks, Chief’s councils, had my fortune told by a witch doctor, visited AIDS patients, there are just too many incidents to mention here. I believe I saw Africa as few others have. I’d ask my crew to take care of me as I was probably the only white person for miles in any direction. I have to read my books to remember it all.

Every incident in both books really happened without exaggeration.

What are your literary plans for the future?

This is going to sound so pompous, but you asked? OK, so I’m not going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, they don’t go for the kind of books I write. One of my heroines is Dorothy Parker and I would be in my seventh heaven (or the other place) if any of my phrases or sayings were to be printed in a book of quotations, that would be great!

Of course I’d love to be on all the bestseller lists, and write the screen play from one of my books. On a more practical level, I’m hoping they will put up a shelf for me in the local old folks home, so I can gaze at my books when I can no longer get out of bed. I’m almost up to 5 now and I plan to write a whole lot more.

Anything else you would like to say.

Since I have been a lecturer in script-writing, I can’t help be honest, so if anyone asks me for a review, or comments they will always get the truth. I still have grave doubts about my own writing, I’ve always been the same and never believed all the awards even when I walked up to collect them. The only advice I can give any new writers is to sit down and write, do it and then get ready to change it again and again until it is right. It’s worth it.

I am happy to be self published, and I’ve been approached by a publisher and refused. It’s much harder on your own, but more rewarding. I’ve been published by two of the Big 5 way back in the 80’s and so far (I could be bribed) I’m happy to continue being self employed.

There are two amazing moments in life – when you hold your baby in your arms and when you hold your first book in your hands.

Links, websites, cover art, author pic, etc.

Walking over Eggshells

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E8HSNDW

Amie an African Adventure

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LWFIO5K

Truth, Lies and Propaganda

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QE35BO2

More Truth, Lies and Propaganda

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VF0S3RG

Blog link

http://lucindaeclarke.wordpress.com

Web page

www.http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com

twitter name   @LucindaEClarke

 

Facebook             My page https://www.facebook.com/lucindaeclarke.author

 

 Walking over Eggshells page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walking-over-Eggshells/284671991724167?ref=hl

Amie page https://www.facebook.com/AmieanAfricanAdventure?ref=hl   Amy page

Further links for Walking over Eggshells

Barnes & Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/walking-over-eggshells-lucinda-e-clarke/1120018151?ean=9781501465765&itm=1&usri=9781501465765

Apple itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id903671089

Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/walking-over-eggshells

Scribd. http://www.scribd.com/book/235154402/Walking-over-Eggshells

Inktera http://www.inktera.com/store/title/228cc87f-20f9-4bb6-8abe-d922b034c06f

iTunes store https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/walking-over-eggshells/id903671089?mt=11&uo=4

amazon author page Lucinda http://www.amazon.com/…/B00FDW…/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3…

Interview with Darius Stransky   Leave a comment

Darius StranskyThis week’s interview is with Darius Stransky, who wrote a fascinating historical thriller, “The King’s Jew”.

 

Tell us something about yourself. Born in North-west England after the war (no not the first one!!) Half Irish and half English gypsy. I’m not old nor am I young and have still to decide just what I will do when I grow up! Let’s just say I’m over fifty but my head tells me I’m nineteen! Had a varied career and the longest I ever worked for anybody is me (apart from the army that is – but we won’t go into that!). I have made a living from writing for many years. Freelance journo, columnist for major titles in the UK and the States. Thought of being a missionary priest in my youth but got chucked out of the seminary for hoarding bottles of Guinness. One thing that episode gave me was a great education in Latin and French and good knowledge of apologetics, theology and philosophy – been a bit of a philosopher ever since.

 

What are you major writing influences?

If I tell you I have a catholic taste in literature it’s not because of the incident mentioned above. I remember reading John Buchan and RL Stevenson as a nine-year old. I think that grounded me in the art of storytelling. The first work I ever read in French was Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Then I read his other works and appreciated the depths of a story. John Fowles played a  huge part in my life and I still return to his works, especially The Magus (me and John got drunk a few times together in the past but now he’s gone and I don’t drink much nowadays). Cormac McCarthy is one of my favourite writers – sparse, tense not a word or syllable wasted. I must mention Hilary Mantel here as a fellow writer of historical faction (that’s not a typo by the way).

 

I’m going to drop you off in a remote Alaskan cabin for a couple of weeks. It’s summer, so you don’t have to worry about freezing. I’m providing the food and the bug spray (an Alaskan necessity). What do you spend your time doing and, if you bring any, what books would you want along?

Sounds interesting. I have a request here – can I have a radio please? Can’t live without a radio and some good dramas and plays to dwell in. Not bothered about the news as I now realise that there is nothing I can do or say to change events so I’ll let the politicians get on with apportioning the world for their own ends and I will live for a while in a book. Any book. I’d have to bring along William Shakespeare and some good biographies though. A few Russian writers, Tolstoy, Chekov ETC and The Little Prince of course. I’d need pencil and paper also – if I couldn’t write I’d probably throw myself on the mercy of those bears you have up there. Oh and tea – lots of tea. Forget the coffee just some lovely tea.

 

 

What is something you cannot live without?

Love I suppose and peace and quiet. Books obviously and maybe my eyesight. I’d hate to lose that.

 

 

The King’s Jew is a historical with elements of intrigue. What sort of research went into writing it?

Three years of my life. Three amazing knowledge seeking years. I almost turned into the famous medieval Questing Beast in my search for knowledge. A long journey and a fruitful one. I reckon I could enter a quiz show and take as my chosen subject “Thirteenth century England with special reference to Edward the first”. We writers would never have been able to amass such background without the web and all its little intricacies. I read avidly as well, anything I could get my hands on but it’s the ancient pipe rolls and court records that enable one such as me to get to the nub of the affair.

 

Now, you and I share something as writers – your character Lord Cristian insisted upon telling you his tale. That’s how all my books start. Talk about that experience.

Ah!! Lord Cristian Gilleson my nemesis! Thirteenth century England was when the Jews were ordered from the land (1290 to be exact). My studies brought home to me just how badly treated the Jewish race were at the time – I have to be careful here or I give away the plot. Suffice to say that I was pondering on the fact that you never hear a ‘Jewish voice’ from those times. Oh the Rabbis and scholars are quoted but not the individuals who bore the brunt of the King’s wrath. So I needed a ‘voice’ and that’s when Cristian arrived and thus I could combine a number of threads into one and away we went on his fantastic journey at the side of King Edward. I must stress here that “The King’s Jew” is NOT just about Jews. It is a tale of a man who walks a fine line between two religions and his struggle to stay alive in a world of bigotry and superstition. He also attempts to sway the will of a King but ….. Well you’ll have to read it to find out.

 

Darius Stransky King's Jew CoverThe title suggests this will be a series. What are your literary plans for the future?

Correct. Book One is selling very well and has had some great reviews. Book Two will be published in May this year and the final book in September. That’s a total of 1,700 + pages of blood sweat and tears – not from me I hasten to add but from the characters in the novels. It’s their story, they actually lived it. Each date and place in the books is real and verifiable as are most of the protagonists. So what do I do after that? How about a cruise for six months? Sounds good to me but guess what? I couldn’t leave the writing alone for that long so my next project will be a modern novel – well modern to me – set in Ireland covering the years 1920 to 2016. I’m looking forward to that and the research is mostly done.

 

Anything else you would like to discuss.

Yes. The parlous state of the publishing industry. It seems to be run by non-writers chasing a fast buck and jumping on the nearest and easiest bandwagon that drives into sight. It sickens me to see so much good writing being ignored. Do I feel like that because I self-published my work? No I don’t. It’s because I am in control, my percentages are higher and I can change things whenever I – or my readers – want to (price, cover, dedications ETC).

Oh one more thing if I may? Thanks. Yes that’s it – a big thank you to the people in North America, China, Israel, Europe and all over the world who have bought my book and supported me with their comments and kind words. A writer is nothing without a reader. Too many writers forget that little adage.

Lord Cristian Gilleson just reminded me of another thing. You ready for this? The hardest part of writing a novel based in the thirteenth century is getting the dialogue right. Sometimes Cristian would give me a metaphorical kick on the shins when I wrote something too modern. In any historical faction (not a typo) the characters will raise merry hell when they are forced to speak a phrase or word they have never come across or a moral or social dilemma that never existed in their world or society. Will that be alright Lord Cristian? He said yes and thanks you Lelah for allowing him to mention it.

 

Links – Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/KINGS-JEW-Book1-Changeling-Sept-ebook/dp/B00OAAI2WY

Website http://dariusstransky.wix.com/darius-stransky

FB https://www.facebook.com/darius.stransky

Blog https://dariusstransky.wordpress.com/

 

 

Interview with Joe Attanasio   1 comment

This week’s interview is with Joe Attanasio, author of several historical fiction novels and — a new one for the blog — a book of poetry.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATell us a bit about yourself, Joe.

I am the oldest of eight siblings born in Buffalo, New York. I had five sister and two brothers. I dropped out of high school in my junior year and joined the army at the age of seventeen. I spent three years in the army including a one year tour in Vietnam from 1967-1968.

 

My older brother served in Nam the same time frame. What did you do after your service?

I married a girl from California and lived there for 35 years before returning to New York. I was a meat cutter and then manager for most of that time working in various grocery stores. We have a grown daughter who lives out of state. I have been married to the love of my life for almost 45 years.

When did you write your first story and what was it?

When I was a boy I loved to read. Stories like Tom Swift and the Hardy boys plus numerous comic books were a mainstay for me. About the age of 16 I stopped reading for pleasure. Except for chess books, computer manuals, magazines and the newspaper, I did not read again until I turned 60 years old. I was getting a haircut one day and talking to the barber about playing dungeon and dragon type games online. He told me if I was interesting in medieval times I should read ‘Pillar of the Earth’ by Ken Follett.

I found a copy in a used bookstore and it was 1,200 pages long. I bought it but never thought I could ever read such a tome. I put it on the table next to my easy chair and read about ten pages a day for a few weeks. My eyes and brain got used to reading and the story started to captivate me. I found myself reading while I ate lunch and breakfast and a few times a day. Before I knew it the story was done. I loved the story and the fact that I completed it.

I was on a treadmill at the YMCA a few weeks later and overheard the man next to me talking to a friend about having read some book he enjoyed. When the friend walked away I turned to the man and told him I just read ‘Pillars of the Earth.”. I did not know he was an English professor at a local college and a writer himself. He had read the same book and we talked about it. The following week he brought me a book he thought I might like from his collection.

Over the course of the next year I read about 40 books and renewed my interest in reading. However, I felt an urge to write a book myself. Since I liked medieval times so much I decided to write a fiction based in that time period but I felt strongly that it should be accurate and educational as well as entertaining. At the age of 62 I wrote my first novel called ‘A Butcher’s Tale’.

Butcher's TaleThis historical adventure is the story of a passionate and idealistic young man named Joseph in 14th century England. He gives up his career as a butcher with his trade guild in York and follows a young woman named Dorothy and her family into the border country to the north. Dorothy and her family are going to take over the farm they inherited when her uncle died. The English-Scottish war is heating up and the border region is very unstable. This is the time of Edward I, (Longshanks), and William Wallace. Every effort has been made to ensure the historical events and flavor of the times is accurately portrayed. For those that are familiar with the reference; this story resembles a 14th century version of “Little House on the Prairie” written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This story is suitable for ages 13 and up.

 

What is your writing process?

I make notes about some of the things I want included in the story, but it is far from an outline. I do not start writing until I have a solid idea for the start of the story. Once I start the story I let the characters and the plot drive the story. I work out the scenes in my head and write them as they come to me. I usually end up writing about one thousand words each time I write. I take the time to polish my writing as I go and my first drafts are usually very readable despite the places that need to be fleshed out more and tweaked. My wife reads all my first drafts and makes notes and comments as she goes. We discuss character behavior and description detail in addition to obvious typo’s and unclear sentences. After my rewrite I give it to a few family members for a beta read and then a third rewrite. There comes a point when I decide I fussed with it enough to be happy and I publish it.

 

Treasure_Trove_Cover_for_KindleYou write a lot of historical fiction. Is history a passion for you?

I love doing research and using history as a framework for a story. I like my stories to entertain and educate people and historical works seem like a natural way to accomplish this. I love reading historical works for the same reason.

 

Tell us about Treasure Trove. 

When I wrote ‘A Butcher’s Tale’ I didn’t realized just how many words I would have to avoid using to keep in the flavor of a 14th century novel. I wanted to free myself from those restrictions and try something modern. I had been reading a lot of Steve Berry novels where he built his stories around ancient mysteries. I happened across the fact that most of Captain William Kidd’s treasure had never been found and that was my inspiration. Since many ‘fake’ maps had surfaced over time allegedly leading to the lost treasure, I followed that idea. I decided to tie the main character into Captain Kidd’s family while doing genealogy research and discovering a connection.

 

Tell us about A Butcher’s Tale.

I started the novel as a short story that was going to highlight the Mystery Plays from the early 14th century in England. When I started writing the short story my mind was plagued with the idea that this could be much more. I had passion and desire but lacked the education and experience to try a novel. I literally thought to myself, “I will write it anyway, someone might read it and besides it will be fun and interesting to try.” I let the characters drive the direction of the story based on historical facts and the flavor of the High Middle Ages.

 

Sarah_Cover_for_KindleTell us about Sarah. 

When I wrote ‘Treasure Trove’ and researched the genealogy for the story I discovered Captain William Kidd’s wife Sarah. She was married to four wealthy men including Captain Kidd. Sarah and Captain Kidd were suspected of murdering her second husband. She was sent to prison along with Kidd in an attempt to discover the location of his hidden treasure. The idea of writing this story haunted me the whole time I wrote ‘Treasure Trove’. I had to write Sarah or go crazy!

I took all the known facts I could discover about Sarah and weaved a fictional story to showcase her life and the times.

 

Writing Sarah presented a lot of obstacles for me. Very little is written about that particular time and place in America. The city of New Amsterdam was just conquered by the English and what little is written was in Dutch. It took considerable research to get a good perspective of the times there. In addition this story deals with people of means and as such demanded rich descriptions of their lifestyles and clothing. As a man I was up to my ears in corsets and breeches.

 

I hate describing historical clothing myself and admire any writer who can.

This is an example of one of the descriptions:

Sarah wore a crimson colored mantua with elbow-length cuffed sleeves over the lace-ruffled sleeves of her chemise. Her gold and rust colored brocaded skirt was looped back to reveal her petticoat. She wore white elbow-length gloves and a cap with a high lace fontange. Mary pulled her hair back under the cap and tied it with silver ribbon leaving ringlet curls hanging onto her shoulders.

 

Caboodle_of_Poems_Cover_for_KindleYou also write poetry. Tell us about the poetry book.

This caboodle or collection of poems was written over the last 40 years. A majority of these were written in the last five years. My poems deal with love and nature but also social issues, science, sex and humor.

This Caboodle of Poems contains a variety of rhyme schemes and free verse. A number of these poems have been written from the female perspective or Point of View POV.

The book contains over 100 poems.

 

What are your future literary plans?

My goal is to try all different genres. I am learning and growing every day as a new writer. I feel like I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I am writing a fantasy adventure which takes place on an earth like planet circa 800-1200 AD. In other words swords, gunpowder, hand cannons. The story involves tribes of catlike people and nomads that resemble man. My first draft is almost done at 33,000 words but is very lean and will easily double on the first rewrite. In this case I may well require three rewrites before the final.

I am also half-heartedly working on a steamy romance to see how it feels to write one. I am at around 11,000 words and not sure if I will end up keeping it or chalk it off as an exercise.

 

In my opinion, romance is the hardest genre to write. I’ve never completed one. Good luck to you with it! What are some of  your writing challenges.

English was my worst subject in school; grammar, spelling and composition being the reason.
I have always been interested in words and would look up their meanings when I found a new one. I like to do crossword puzzles. I got my GED diploma in the army giving me a high school diploma even though I dropped out in my junior year. I have no credentials to write.

 

Some of the best writers have “no credentials” to write. Sometimes education gets in the way of writing, especially fiction. What would your advice be to others who want to write.

I have a ton of potential stories in constantly stirring in my brain. I tell them the best way I can and many readers seem to connect with that. My advice is to write, if only for your sake. Get your stories out there. Share your ideas with the world. Take the bad criticism and learn from it but then throw it away. Do what makes you happy.

My author’s page at US amazon is:
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My Author Page in UK Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joe-Attanasio/e/B00954GOP2

My Goodreads author page:
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Facebook Fan page for Joe P Attanasio:
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Booksie – A popular writer’s website.
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My Blog-Spot Blog:
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A website sharing the works and links for about 30 traditional and independent published authors called The Booktrap:
http://thebooktrap.weebly.com/

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