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$.99 Dystopian Book Feature and Interview: Lesedi by Roland Hughes


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Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction


lesedi

Release Date: 2/14/17

Lesedi – in his country his name means ‘the light’ though he has never chosen to walk in it. A man who has been driven by duty to himself now finds he must carry out one final duty for a country which isn’t even his. He has finally learned the meaning of a phrase he had uttered much of his life “sucks to be you.”

This book is both stand alone and the middle work of the “Earth That Was” trilogy. “Infinite Exposure” and “John Smith – Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars” are the beginning and end. It was written in response to fans wanting a bit more of “the story in between.”

The first wave of nuclear attacks from both terrorists and governments has happened though the general public has yet to figure it out, most are too busy trying to survive to bother figuring it out. The predicted extinction of all life did not happen possibly because many of the first attack detonations occurred at our own nuclear power plants.

Follow his journey and those of the survivors he meets along the way to see if the Universe allows them a brief bit of happiness or chooses to squash them like a bug.

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Excerpt:

“The morality of rational self-interest?” questioned Katie.

“Good,” said Lesedi.

“Good what?” questioned one of the boys from the back.

“She recognizes the two things are diametrically opposed,” answered Lesedi. “Rational self-interest is never moral. Many call it ‘Me and My Syndrome’ because your only interest is in yourself and your family, but, mostly yourself. It is exactly what you see right now. Looting, raping, and murder. Living for the moment and your own benefit without fear of consequences or consideration of any other living being. Are any of you aware of what the plaque on the Statue of Liberty says?”

“Something about your tired and poor,” said one of the boys.

“Huddled masses,” said the other.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door,” quoted Lesedi. He drove in silence for a while until Katie finally spoke up, “You memorized that?”

“When I arrived in this country I went to that island and sat staring in wonder at that statue every Sunday, weather and schedule permitting for the first year,” answered Lesedi. “Part of my job was to figure out how a country that had spent nearly two centuries not only living up to that quote but showing the world how to do things right could turn into such a piece of shit in a short span of time. Don’t get me wrong, my government had no intention of fixing the problem. They simply wanted to avoid it happening to our home. We have recently come out of Apartheid and could not risk a downward spiral into the septic tank America has become.”

“Could we stay on just one topic,” asked the boy sitting behind Katie.

“It is all one topic,” responded Lesedi after taking a drink of water. After another drink he said, “It just took me a long time to figure out. I’m not surprised you are confused. I had to spend a lot of Sunday afternoons sitting on an island staring at the Statue of Liberty to put it all together. The people who follow ‘rational self-interest’ shit on that statue with every breath they take. I’m sorry, but there is no polite way to put it. America became a septic tank because it is no longer run by Americans.”

“So you are saying foreign governments have taken over,” asked Katie.

“No,” answered Lesedi. “I’m saying America is no longer run by Americans. They were born here, but they are not Americans. For nearly two centuries America not only lived up to that quote, nearly every American believed it. Today, most people born here don’t even know the quote exists so they do not know ‘rational self-interest’ is diametrically opposed to being an American. I am told the followers of this belief think you should never give a meal to a starving man or child. You should never throw a coin in a beggar’s cup, and, most offensively, the government has no responsibility to ensure the welfare of its people.”


About the Author:

roland hughes

Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the “Zinc It!” book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc.

A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome “The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer” which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there “The Minimum You Need to Know” book series was born.

Three years later he wrote his first novel “Infinite Exposure” which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of “The Earth That Was” trilogy:

When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.

The Minimum You Need to Know l Infinite Exposure l John Smith Book l Logikal Blog l Interesting Authors Blog l Lesedi


Interview:

*Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

I had a grandmother and a great aunt who encouraged me to write letters as a young child. We didn’t have personal computers back then. You had to use pen on paper then put a stamp on an envelop. That lead to writing a few stories in school. At some point early in my IT consulting career the bug bit me again and I wrote 2 geek books for a publisher, not an experience I would recommend to anyone.

Once I had been working in IT for roughly 20 years the writing bug bit me again and I wrote the first of “The Minimum You Need to Know” book series. Quite a few books into that I wrote my first novel, “Infinite Exposure” which is the first book in what has now become a trilogy.

*How many books do you currently have published?

Counting the 2 written for that publisher which are now no longer in print, a dozen.

*What has been your favorite book to write so far?

The one I’m writing now.

*Why?

If that ever stops being the case it is time to stop writing for a while.

*Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

Yes, I’m writing “The Phallus of Agile and Other Ruminations.” It is an offshoot of my “The Minimum You Need to Know” book series based mostly on the Ruminations chapters found at the end of those books. I plan on it being my next release but currently only have 120 pages completed so it will be a while. I guessed it would weigh in around 400 pages when completed but too early to tell. I thought my OpenVMS application developer book would weigh in around 800 pages but it tipped the scales around 800 when it was complete.

*What do you enjoy most about writing?

The satisfaction heard in the voices, at least with the fictional work. Every writer compelled to write fiction is just a wee bit insane. Characters appear in your thoughts and the ones which get written about are the ones which simply refuse to leave you alone until their story is told.

When it comes to my geek books the satisfaction comes from different places. For some, like the OpenVMS application developer book, it was the journey down memory lane. Reliving what, at that point, was a 20 year career on the platform and putting the important stuff in one place so even old age couldn’t take it from me. When I’m writing for a completely new area it is the journey of exploration. Those books are a natural result of the notes taken during the journey being organized into a coherent form.

*Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

I have periods when I do not feel like writing, but not writers block as most think of it. There are times when the thoughts are there but they fail in translation. By that I mean I have trouble keying them into a word processor. For that I have a simple solution. A stack of old and very different keyboards. They range from an original IBM PS/2 to Compaq to a rash of generics. The size of the return key, backspace, etc. are all a bit different as is the typing experience going from mechanical to membrane to whatever. The simple process of re-learning how to type on them gets the mental muscle working correctly again. Most of those keyboards I didn’t pay over $6 for. Many were free discards from client sites as they were tossing out old equipment.

*Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Always. I write the story as the characters tell it to me. I’m not an outliner writing to some preordained formula.

*Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

I don’t really have a least favorite. I have bit characters who only had a tiny portion of the story to tell me, but I don’t have any I disliked writing about.

Of all the characters whose stories I have transcribed I think I liked John Smith the most, but not because he is a likable character. The Universe screwed him before he was born and he carried the burden. People who only lightly skim John Smith see a cranky old man who is an egotistical know it all, kind of like Gregory House of the House television series, but, without the endearing qualities. People who read the story closely realize by all rights, he should have been insane.

Perhaps it is simply because those characters are the most persistent voices, but I tend to write about characters who aren’t good people. They simply recognize a duty which is theirs and theirs alone to fulfill. To understand this you must have seen “Schindler’s List.” By any measurement Schindler was _not_ a good man. He just happened to be _not_ a good man at a time when the world was filled with truly evil men and now he is honored. Had he been a good man he could not have done what he did to save all of those people.

*So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

The scene where Lesedi is lecturing the kids with him about the Statue of Liberty and what it is to be an American. Here is a survivor of Apartheid who watched our world from the outside lecturing people who were born here on what it means to be an American and the philosophy of bad people known as “rational self-interest.” There was such passion in his voice. I can only hope I captured that passion as well on the written page.

*What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

The standard advice you hear is to read read read then write write write. While this is true as far as it goes, it is really a short step on a long road. You can also watch watch watch then write write write, but if you choose to either read or watch only the popular stuff, it won’t make you a better writer.

You can find truly great writing in some of the least known places. Watch the first 4 seasons of “Babylon 5” and really pay attention to the dialog and story line, not the characters themselves. “The West Wing” is an exception to the rule. This is one time where really great writing existed on a popular show. Again, you have to pay attention to the dialog and story lines instead of the characters to grow as a writer from it.

Most of today’s and yesterday’s popular television shows have really bad writing. I would put long lived shows like “Monk” in that category. Really popular shows tend to have one or two extremely popular characters. The writing team starts to serve the character’s popularity instead of the quality of the script or story.

When it comes to great social commentary one surprising show is “Barney Miller” from the 1970s. It was a comedy yet it had very deep social commentary which is just as relevant today as it was back then, sadly. I will never forget the story line about the man from the slums they arrested counterfeiting $1 bills. He would only counterfeit something like $146/month, the same amount he would have gotten on welfare, because he wanted to work for a living. Exploring the human condition in such a manner is a timeless and powerful thing.

*If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

While each of my novels can be read stand alone, if you want to follow the story from beginning to end:

Infinite Exposure

Lesedi – The Greatest Lie Ever Told

John Smith – Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars

*Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?

No. The beauty of being an Indie writer is you get to tell the entire story and release it when it is done. The things you ask for are part of the large cut pile which happens when working with a publisher.

*Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

I used to be an avid reader, but now not so much. During my youth I read “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” (first 3), “The Wheel of Time” and “A Song of Ice and Fire” but now I read sparingly, preferring to re-watch some of the greatest writing ever put to DVD. Having said that, I recently read both “Marsh Island” and “Blind Marsh” by Oliver F. Chase and they were fantastic. If you liked the Mickey Spillane stories or television shows about Mike Hammer then these 2 books are for you. I also read “Relic” and “Relic II” from Jonathan Brookes. Given the current news stories about cloning traits of woolly mammoths’ traits into elephants I found these books both well written and extremely timely. “A Dangerous Element” by Gregory Lamb was a great story about the Stuxnet virus. It has made me want to watch the “Zero Days” movie.

*What about television shows? Movies?

“The West Wing,” “Babylon 5” and “Battlestar Galactica” (the new one) for examples of incredible story writing.

“Downton Abbey” for examples of great character writing in a period. Normally I’m not a huge fan of writing which serves character, but, because this was a period piece and we all knew large portions of the history being covered it had to focus on character and the story of “common” people.

*Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

We are the sum of our history. When our history is gone we are basically nothing. This was the underlying theme of “John Smith.” Survivors who could have continued as they were, but had a driving need to find out what they really were.

There is only one story I could point to which made me want to be a writer. Stephen King’s “Word Processor of the Gods.” It is a short, magazine length piece which set me on my path.

*Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

No. I am not drawn to those things.

* If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

I listened to the characters and wrote down their stories.


Young Adult Fiction Feature: Ndura. Son of the forest. by Javier Salazar Calle @Jsalazarcalle


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Young Adult Fiction


ndura

Chosen as best young adult fiction novel for 2014 in Spain!

When a common normal person, anyone of us, suddenly finds himself or herself in a life-and-death situation in the middle of the forest, would he or she know how to survive?

This is the simple dilemma that is offered to the protagonist of our story, who, returning from a relaxing holiday in Namibia on a typical photographic safari, is involved in an unexpected extreme survival situation in the Ituri forest, in the Republic of Congo in Africa when the plane he was in gets shot down by rebels. A place where Nature is not the only enemy and where survival is not the only problem.

A classic scented adventure which makes this book the perfect place to escape reality and feel within you, the anguish and despair of the hero while facing the challenges he is presented with. This book smoothly blends emotion and tension when faced with the challenge to survive, but also the psychological degradation of the protagonist throughout the story and an in-depth study on the environment, the animals, the plants as well as the people, that the author carried out. It also teaches us that our perception of where our limits lie are usually wrong, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

This novel comes highly recommended.

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About the Author:

javier calle

Javier Salazar Calle was born in Madrid on July 29, 1976. He is majored in Business Administration and Computer Engineering and has always worked in the banking world. When he was younger he mostly wrote short stories, but later moved on to the world of micro-stories, several of whom , including some poems , have been published in various contests.

“Ndura. Son of the forest” is his first book (voted best young adult fiction for 2014), his second book was “Use LinkedIn as if you were an expert” and he has just published his thrid book “Sumalee. Stories of Trakaul”, a drama one with detective and romantic plots.

He is characterized by the versatility of the topics he addresses and by the prior meticulous investigation labor he carries out before writing his books.

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Javier Salazar Calle nació en Madrid el 29 de julio de 1976. Licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas e Ingeniero Informático, siempre ha trabajado en temas relacionados con la banca. De joven se dedicó a escribir sobre todo relatos cortos, pero pronto pasó al mundo de los microrrelatos, varios de los cuales, incluidas algunas poesías, han sido publicados en diversos concursos.

“Ndura. Hijo de la selva” es su primer libro (elegida mejor novela juvenil de 2014 por el periódico El Economista), el segundo es “Usa LinkedIn como si fueras un experto” y acaba de publicar su tercero, “Sumalee. Historias de Trakaul”, un drama con tintes policíacos y románticos.

Se caracteriza por la versatilidad de las temáticas que trata y por la cuidadosa labor de documentación previa que hace en sus obras.


Romantic Literary Fiction: The Secrets Between Sisters by Annie Lyons


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Romance, Literary Fiction, Psychological


the secrets between sisters

Publisher: Carina

‘A story about love, betrayal, family’ – Bookaholic Confessions

If you could see me now…

Lizzie and Bea Harris were always very close. They were sisters and nothing could tear them apart. Until Bea dies, leaving her sister twelve letters, one for every month.

Alone for the first time Lizzie is left trying to pull together the pieces of a life she has for so long ignored and find a place for herself…out from under the shadow of her sister.

But the letters are revealing a sister Lizzie isn’t sure she recognises, and she’s beginning to wonder if she ever really knew Bea? As Lizzie delves deeper into her sister’s life she begins to uncover secrets that could tear her and her family apart.

Perfect for fans of Sue Fortin, Tracy Buchanan and Cecilia Ahern.

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Contemporary Fiction Feature: Five Nights in Harlem by Ron Lewis


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Religion & Spirituality/Atheism, Fiction


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Five Nights in Harlem will keep you entertained from beginning to end. Very interesting read about all the characters and their close proximity that they are all unaware of. Worth your time!!!!! –from Authors Reading website.

Karl Rowland was forced to make a split-second decision walking home one night when he saw that his friend was in danger. He hadn’t even been back to his favorite city for very long and already things were starting to go wrong. As a direct result of his intervening to save a friend, there are now two homicide detectives who are rapidly closing in on not only where he is, but what he is, a secret that he has kept hidden for a very long time. Forced to take extreme measures to survive, he decides to step up his game, but ardently refuses to leave behind the little criminal empire that he has just started build.

While attempting to keep a low profile at a local bar that he frequents, Karl overhears some of his fellow patrons discussing current events such as the refugee crisis in Europe, Islam, problems inherent with the mainstream news media, and how a politically incorrect screenwriter sitting nearby is planning on making a documentary regarding these issues; all the while they remain utterly clueless and unsuspecting of the extremely dangerous man sitting next to them. Feeling out of touch and isolated, Karl keeps his head down and tries to remain unnoticed, which is getting harder and harder for him to do as the years go by.

With the detectives rapidly starting to understand just who and what he really is, they are beginning to learn how he operates. And this time, the lead detective is both smarter and far more capable than anyone that he has ever gone up against before.

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Excerpt:

He turned to his right after hearing a familiar voice and the unmistakable laughter that could only come from a young woman. Altman remains quiet for a few moments while reveling in hearing his favorite fellow patron delivering one absurd and hilarious line after the next. He vaguely recognized the extremely attractive young blond woman who appeared to be quite tall, but thin like a model. A moment later he remembered who the woman was. “Pardon me my dear, but I have to congratulate you on your remarkable performance in your last play. It was quite brilliant I understand.”

Clarice Starling immediately recognizes Richard and smiles exhibiting her pearly whites in the process. “You saw my play! Didn’t see you in the audience.”

“Unfortunately my dear Clarice, I wasn’t able to attend for various reasons, but I did read a most positive review. Your role as Pony in ‘The Realistic Joneses’ was performed admirably by all accounts, not to mention that as I understand it, the whole cast did a remarkable job as well.”

Nathan Brown cuts in and yells a bit too loudly, “Richard my man, how is it hanging! Still keeping up with all that science and math stuff?”

“If I didn’t I would be out of a job Mr. Brown.”

“Hadn’t thought of that.”

“I know.”

Clarice busts up laughing and pokes Nathan in the ribs. “Now that is what I call a zinger!” She then turns to Richard and says, “Nathan here has been teaching me all about evolution, and how us Australian ladies share around ninety-eight percent of our DNA with chimps. So, is that a scientifically correct assessment?”

Altman pauses for a moment to gather his thoughts and replies, “Yes and no. There are genes and then there are genes.”

Nathan immediately interjects. “That doesn’t make any damn sense.”

Clarice punches Nathan playfully on the arm to get him to be quiet.

“There are junk genes which for the most part lay dormant, and then there are the active genes which comprise the majority of our neural networks and resulting cognitive behaviors. So therefore you could share an overwhelmingly high percentage of your DNA with say a chimpanzee, and at the same time have a much greater separation in both appearance, behavior, and cognitive processing capabilities than otherwise could be inferred from the total amount of shared genes would imply.”

Nathan adds almost in a cynical manner, “Sounds complicated. I don’t get it.”

Clarice looks up at her longtime friend and screenwriter Nathan Brown. “That’s a shocker.”

Altman then adds with yet another wry smile, “Think of it this way: humans and bananas share around fifty percent of the same DNA, and yet no one will be accused of being half banana, or thereby claim that a banana is essentially half human.”


Romance Feature and Interview: Chiara by Sabri Bebawi @DrSabriBebawi1


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Fiction/Romance


chiara

Release Date: November 13, 2106

Chiara is a 22 year-old-girl who has just graduated with a degree in Art History. She travels to Rome and lives with one of her mother’s friends, Sofia. Chiara falls in love with Sofia’s nephew, Professor Rafi Curti. Several events take place and Chiara finds that her mother slept with Rafi and her father with Sofia. She later discovers that Rafi is engaged to one of his students at the university of Florence, Italy. The novel has a surprising conclusion.

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From the Author:

This is the most sensual novel of the year.  It depicts what happens when sex, lust, relationships, marriage, society, conformity, politics, religion and philosophy collide with human nature and the human condition.  It is a mirror of who we are.

This work took me three years of analysis, observations, studying events, listening to people’s stories, traveling to Rome, Paris, London Salzburg-Austria and Amsterdam.  I have lived about a year in Rouen working on the plots and developing the characters.

This work has been edited more than 24 times and my beautiful wife, friend and companion, Marisela De La Cruz Bebawi has helped me a lot in editing and in dealing with the madness of an artist. Thank you Marisela and all those who lived through this work with me.


Excerpt:

“Being the nosy woman Gabriela is, she sees Sofia’s nephew Rafi is being seduced by a woman his mother’s age. She thinks the woman is the American visitor, not Chiara, but her mother. She watches them with one eye and communicates with Mario with the other. When Rafi and Ada move, Gabriela excuses herself and follows them. She sees them entering one bathroom. She runs to Sofia and tells her that her nephew and that American woman are in the bathroom alone and she says it does not look good.

Sofia does not take Gabriela with a certain lev- el of seriousness, but she soon realizes that neither Rafi nor Ada is in the room. She rushes to the bath- room and opens the door. Sofia is in a state of shock and stands there watching Rafi sitting on the toilette seat; Ada is pinning his hands to the wall while his pants and under pants are at his ankles. She sees Ada’s sexy green underwear on the floor; her spa- ghetti strap sexy dress to her waist and her matching to her underwear green bra is off and she is sitting on Rafi’s erected penis. She stands there for a while; neither Ada nor Rafi knows of her presence. It is the first time Sofia sees her nephew’s big solid penis as Ada is on top of him and screaming of joy for having multiple orgasms one after another. Sofia is fasci- nated, shocked, intrigued, or excited and horny; she does not know; she is in a suspended state. Ada at last notices that Sofia was standing there the whole time. She covers her face and screams,

Oh my God, oh my God.” She gets up leaving Rafi unfinished. He plays with his penis and soon ejacu- lates; his semen goes over Ada’s new €1850.00 she bought from Via Veneto and across the bathroom to the wall. He asks Ada,

What happened? Why did you get up as I was ejaculating?”

Ada mumbles, “S-S Sofia is here watching us.

What the fuck! How? When?” Rafi is traumatized and confused at the moment

They both get themselves calm. Rafi enters the Soiréé Salon alone. Ada goes to the bedroom to change her dress and hides the one stained by semen. Rafi goes right away to Chiara and asks how she is felling. He hugs and kisses her. She says,

Oh1 you are so sexy my love; you even smell sex. I can smell your sperm

Oh! You are so sweet.” Rafi answers. “Why do you act as though you were nervous, Rafi? Is there something wrong?” Chiara asks.

No, I am fine, Chiara.” Rafi answers with the con- fidence he can summon. Later, Ada shows up and goes to her husband, Mario. He notices she has changed her dress. She lies to him saying that her period came on without expectation and stained the dress with blood. She had to change.”


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About the Author:

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Sabri Bebawi, born in 1956 in Fayoum, Egypt. He attended law school at Cairo University. He left Egypt for the United Kingdom. Oxford University invited him during the fourth and last year of Law School. He never returned to Egypt. A few years later, after living and working as a journalist in England, Italy, France, and Cyprus, he took political refuge in the United States. He has been teaching ESL, English, Journalism, and graduate Educational Technology courses. He studied for more graduate work at UCLA and got a PhD degree in Philosophy, English Education and Distance Learning from Capella University.

Although English is his third language, Bebawi has published many articles, books, and essays on eclectic topics. It has always been his ambition to write novels. This is his second try; his first has been successful; God on Trial has won several awards including a British Literary Award in 2015. That English is a third language to Bebawi, writing a novel has always been preoccupying and challenging.

As a child, Sabri Bebawi struggled to make sense of the world and of human nature. He knew of the human condition. As he grew older, and studied law, and the “not so holy” books, he developed a more pragmatic and sensible stance; the world became just a mirage, an illusion and a mere phantasm. Bebawi waits for that to come day when religions, conformity, capitalism, republicanism, and corrupt governments are eradicated. He believes in John
Lennon’s immortal lyrics, “Imagine.”

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?  I have been writing since I was a child.  When I became an English professor, I started writing textbooks for college students.  I attempted writing creatively many years ago and published several books such as “Under the Moon Light” “A Dream Is Just That” “In Love with A Married Woman” and my last novel “God on Trial” which won several awards including a Literary British Award.  Now “Chiara” is my latest novel.  It took me about three years to write it; one of those years I spent in France developing the characters and the settings. I must say that a writer soon finds that novels have a life of their own.

How many books do you currently have published? I am not sure, but I think quite few

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? “God on Trial” was a novel I wanted to write since I was a child because I have always believed that god is a negative force that torment humanity.  I love “Chiara” because its addresses human nature in a naked way, if you will. It makes us all naked.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? At the moment, I am only enjoying my time off after the labour of writing “Chiara.”  Labour of love, of course.

What do you enjoy most about writing?  Writing is the best therapeutic action one can take.  It is a different zone of reality that a writer lives in.  I enjoy writing immensely.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Of course.  I think most writers do.  I go through that a lot.  I just stop writing, walk along the beach, drink and smoke and socialize until I feel the urge to write again – it can be at any time- even at dawn.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I love all my characters – they  all represent humanity at its best and worst.  I particularly like Mr. Bentley for his wisdom. 

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? In this novel, I think my favorite scene is when Chiara confronts her parents 

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Nothing more than knowing that one knows nothing – one can learn a lot from writing about oneself and about others

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?  “God on Trial” – it is a depiction of the writer’s soul.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? Look, I love Woody Allen and I do not know if I shall be able to have a little of his talents to think of something new- I might

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love Russian literature specially Dostoyevsky.  I also love classic American writers and it would be unfair to single one out – they are all great from Mark Twain, to Hemingway, to Poe to Virginia Woolf and of course Fitzgerald – no room here to mention them all

What about television shows? Movies? I detest American television and perhaps I am allergic to it.  I like independent films and foreign films – never Hollywood except for known masterpieces.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky because it deals with I am interested in the most – the Human Condition

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I shall announce that in time

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? It is the greatest journey I have ever taken

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Thank you for the honor.

Dr. Sabri g. Bebawi