Monday, June 10, 2013

Author Interview – Maj. Ray Gleason Ph.D.

What books have most influenced your life? I teach literature… check out my syllabi… for The Violent Season Remarque’s All’s Quiet on the Western Front, Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories, Helprin’s, A Soldier of the Great War, James Fennimore Cooper’s Leather Stocking Tales, Kenneth Robert’s, Northwest Passage, Dante’s Comedia, etc.

Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor? Dr. BJ Rahn, Professor Emerita, Hunter College, CUNY.

Who is your favorite author and why? Marie de France… her intimacy of voice.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Yep.

Have you started another book yet? Yep.

Where do you see yourself in five years? On a warm beach with a boat drink, two more books published.

What are your current writing projects now? Besides my blog, an academic paper of Marie de France’s use of the term drüerie in her lais.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? Always… not reading is like not breathing… can’t last long in that condition.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? Phillip Kerr and his Bernie Gunther novels… I’ve always loved noir and Kerr does it well.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? Reading and writing… then repeat.

What contributes to making a writer successful? Having a message and saying it beautifully.

Do you have any advice for writers? Don’t take literally agents personally.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? Last thoughts… do you know something I don’t?

What do you do to unwind and relax? Glass of red wine, a pile of chocolate, a comfortable chair, a purring cat and a good book.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? If the good Lord appeared to me and said, “You can write one book and one book only!” I have. It’s The Violent Season.

Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us? Check me out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

THE VIOLENT SEASON is an epic, expansive collection of heroic short stories centered on the gripping experiences of three young men and their families during the Vietnam War. The book presents a ‘coming-of-age’ narrative that begins in the lush river valleys of upstate New York and on the streets of New York City and provides an insightful perspective of youth and innocence plunged into the crucible of war.

As well, it transcends the “good guys, bad guys” portrayal of human conflict by presenting its readers with a depiction of good people, Americans and Vietnamese, caught up in unthinkably grim and difficult circumstances. THE VIOLENT SEASON celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to triumph over the horror and tragedy of war.

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Genre – Literary / Historical Fiction

Rating – PG13

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