Saturday, March 28, 2015

Meet Anne K. Edwards, author of 'This and That—Collection of Light and Dark Tales'

Anne K. Edwards enjoyed the printed word from the time she learned to read. In the third grade she got an honorable mention in a class writing contest where one had to add an ending to a story.  That was when she found how much fun and freedom there was in writing stories of her own and how much she loved writing them. Her twin loves of reading and writing finally brought her deep satisfaction when she was signed to that first publishing contract.  

Q: Please tell us about This and That—Collection of Light and Dark Tales, and what inspired you to write it.

A:  This particular book was written over a period of years in the form of short stories about a wide variety of subjects in various genres.  Each one was inspired by some new story idea or a twist to an old theme.

Q: What themes do you explore in This and That—Collection of Light and Dark Tales?

A: The themes of the stories vary according to subject. For instance, the old idea of vampirism--what would happen to a vampire if he drank his own blood? Or that old idea of the devil attempting to take over the world and outsmarting himself. Or what would happen if Death had to hire a detective to help him? I know those aren’t standard themes, but I actually like to write “What would happen if—“ stories using that as the theme.

Q: Why do you write?

A: Because I can’t not write. Ideas keep coming and in order to save what others might laughingly call my sanity, I must try to flesh them out. Writing can be called an addiction or something that won’t let me be until I get that idea down on paper.

Q: How picky are you with language?

A: I prefer to use a relaxed form of language as the formal version would never fit in fiction. And even in nonfiction, formal or proper language can be stiff sounding. Writing as one would speak is much easier and much more readable, particularly in fiction.

Q: When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you were being manipulated from afar?

A:  I don’t know. I do often wonder where ideas originate and how they reach my consciousness. It happens when I write, the results seem to be someone else’s words. 

Q: What is your worst time as a writer?

A: Starting a new work and getting that first chapter right. And though I know how a tale ends, I often have trouble reaching it and the result is the characters have other ideas and a new ending is necessary. Thus, doing things over and over is what I’d say is my worst time as a writer.

Q: Your best?

A:  Reaching those final words ‘The End’ and being really satisfied with the way the story is written and its outcome.

Q: Is there anything that would stop you from writing?

A: Only if I were to lose the ability to create. Scribbing for its own sake gives no reward.

Q: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?

A:  The happiest moment would be the first contract as with most writers, but finishing a book is also a moment of great satisfaction. This however is balanced by the immediate intrustion into that happiness of new ideas and new characters demanding to be heard.

Q: Is writing an obsession to you?

A: It comes close. I have tried to quit a few times when disappointed in results only to find it nagging at me to start again and again and again.  Writing is a nagging voice demanding audience and only shutting up when the writer takes up a clean sheet of paper and starts to write or turns on the computer and presses those first keys. So I’d likely say the force that makes us write is the obsessive while the writer must let themselves be manipulated by it to find any peace.

Q: Are the stories you create connected with you in some way?

A: No. I find an interest in many things that have nothing to do with me personally, such as worrying about the end of the world as in one story, or what will happen to civilization as we know it if greed in its many forms takes over. Those things aren’t likely to happen in  my lifetime so I see no connection except the desire to write the story. I have reached into my past to select characteristics for people, and perhaps some places as backdrops for a tale, but that’s the limit.

Q: Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?

A: I don’t think so. Reality is living everyday life, family, jobs, friends, and so forth and enjoying it.  Unreality is the fiction that can be based on reality, but isn’t the same. To write, one uses forms of reality as a base and then stretches it, like emotions in reality may run a course and then we move on, but characters in a thriller may become so locked in grief they become serial killers of the most horrible kind.  I know people suicide from reality, but it is usually a twisted perception that drives them or some experience that scars their psyche so badly they cannot bear the pain and this has nothing to do with writing.

Q: Where is your book available? 

A.    Amazon and perhaps the publisher First Realm Publishing.

Q: Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?

A: Yes. www.AnneKEdwards.com  Be sure to meet my muse, Swamp Thingy in his column, One Muse’s Opinion

Friday, March 27, 2015

Guest Post from Elle Emtage, author of Gray Skies




Title: Gray Skies
Author: Elle Emtage
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 170
Genre: Romance
Format: Ebook
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 Dunstan’s dashing good looks, thriving business and exotic lifestyle made him one of the world’s most sought after bachelors; but none of this seemed to quell Dunstan’s desire for Destiny. As their courtship evolves their romance is woven from a tapestry of classical beauty and romantic places in the orange light of the Tuscan sun. To Destiny, her life once filled with endless days of meetings and long nights alone is now full of life and love in a whirlwind romance. In the midst of their developing relationship however, tragedy rips them apart and she discovers a thread in time which links their existence to an unbelievable possibility. This possibility threatens their very existence, but Dunstan, fueled by his love, will stop at nothing until he reclaims what he has lost. A fantasy romance novel, Gray Skies demonstrates how true love can even overcome obstacles set by the universe.

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Guest Post – Gray Skies

As I’ve gone through life’s celebrations and challenges I’ve come to the undeniable realization – Writing is in my DNA. My adventures are colored in verse and rhyme, my thoughts are painted on a canvas of imagination and experiences born in day and night dreams. I see events in words.
My writing is tempered by my emotions. If I’m not in a good place then I can’t write – which is ironic because writing takes me to that ‘good place’. Very often I have to push myself to a chair to calm the thoughts exploding in my head by putting them in print. Each and every time as soon as my fingers touch the keyboard or finger the leaf of my journal (yes I actually prefer a good old pen and paper) my initial hesitation disappears as if there was never a cause for concern. So what happens when I can’t write? I write!
Writing is therapeutic for me. It soothes. It calms. It provides the passageway into the recesses of imagination where life is exciting, adventurous, predictably unpredictable, passionate, thrilling – I guess all the things that real life (for me anyway) isn’t. Not that I’m unhappy with who I am – I’m just overwhelmingly happy that I have an avenue that allows me to escape into a fantastic reality without the use of any vices – a win-win for me I think.
I’ve been asked on many occasions – “Why have you decided to publish at this stage in your life? And why a romance novel? That seems so unlike you!” And I had to sit back and really ask myself the same question but with a twist – why on earth did I take so long to bring a dream birthed in me from early childhood to fruition? What did I use to validate me turning away from the path that made sense? I came up with a host of reasons:
1.       There are so many writers out there – competing on the global arena will be tough…
2.       Agents aren’t going to sign unknown writers, far less will big publishing houses…(and from the Caribbean?)
3.       How can I make a living, achieve the ‘things in life’ on peanuts?
4.       Can people really get immersed in my style of writing?
5.       Do people even really believe in real romance or true love anymore?
…And the list went on and on….until I came to one important realization – if I didn’t live my dream, or at least try at it, how would I know how successful I could have been? And what is the measure of success? For me – it was turning the pages of my very first novel and realizing that everything that I feared – whether real or not – that the look on someone’s face when they get lost in the characters and their lives made it all worth it.   And dare I say? This is enough….

And so the birth of Dunstan and Destiny and their fantastic tale of their lives and love. Gray Skies Gray Skies is a wonderful page turner, centered on the characters Dunstan Moab and Destiny Tallum. Dunstan's dashing good looks, thriving business and exotic lifestyle made him one of the worlds most sought after bachelors; but none of this seemed to matter to quell Dunstan's desire for Destiny. Gray Skies is weaved from a tapestry of classical beauty and romantic places in the orange light of the Tuscan sun. To Destiny, her life once filled with endless days of meetings and long nights alone is now full of life and love in a whirlwind romance. 

In the midst of their developing relationship, however, tragedy rips them apart and she discovers a thread in time which links their existence to an unbelievable possibility. This possibility threatens their very existence, but Dunstan fueled by his love, will stop at nothing until he reclaims what he has lost. A fantasy romance novel, Gray Skies demonstrates how true love can even overcome obstacles set by the universe.



Elle Emtage is a business professional and has been published in several media houses. Elle’s passion for writing has transformed throughout the years and she is sharing her love of romance and intrigue through the début of this novel. Elle and her family consider themselves fortunate to live on the beautiful island of Barbados.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Interview with Sands Hetherington, author of Night Buddies Go Sky High



Title: Night Buddies Go Sky High
Author: Sands Hetherington
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
Pages: 144
Genre: Children's Book
Format: Paperback

 Young John Degraffenreidt and his red crocodile buddy, Crosley, show up at the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory and find Big Foot Mae lying on the floor, staring up at her Great Star Puzzle on the ceiling. Crosley only wants a new supply of pineapple cheesecakes, but what Mae points to on her ceiling will start the Night Buddies on a totally new fantasy adventure. A suspicious white dot has passed through the Corkscrew Constellation and is now moving underneath the Hound Dog Stars. Across the Borough, Crosley s brother Crenwinkle sees the same curious speck in the sky. It looks to be a long night for sleepyhead John, but thanks to the time spreader dingus with its sleep retardant setting, he gets right into their next escapade. Join the Night Buddies as they embark on another Program, this time taking them all the way into the stratosphere in their racing blimp.

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Q: Please tell us about Night Buddies Go Sky High, and what inspired you to write it.

A: Hi, thanks for having me.
Night Buddies Go Sky High is the third book in the Night Buddies series, and as such, was inspired by the other two.  So I need to go further back.  When my son John was six, he invented a red crocodile named Crosley to be an after-lights-out companion.  Crosley got to be an important member of the family, and it eventually occurred to me that John and Crosley could be the basis of adventure stories.  Once I figured out why Crosley was red (he is allergic to water), the first story (Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare) fell into place.  Most of my inspiration was the wacky character John had invented.

In Night Buddies Go Sky High, a mysterious new dot has appeared in the night sky, and our two friends decide they'd better investigate.  They modify their racing blimp to withstand extreme altitude and take off.  What they discover twenty miles up is jaw-dropping.  And that's only the beginning.  The phenomenon follows them back down to earth and does not mean well.

Q: What themes do you explore in Night Buddies Go Sky High?

A: The formula for the three Night Buddies stories is a young boy who isn't ready to go to sleep yet, and a goofy red crocodile named Crosley who sneaks him out of the house on adventures.  Crosley is nuts about pineapple cheesecakes.  He is forever on the lookout for them.  And there is a gang of six bad iguanas that the Night Buddies have to outsmart.

So that's the gist.

Q: Why do you write?

A: For the hoped-for good result.  I'm very deliberate and actually sweat during the process.  It can be a grind for me, except when the "endorphins" take over.  It's a little like Dorothy Parker said: "I hate writing.  I love having written."

 Q: How picky are you with language?

A: I like to use a lot of dialect.

Q: When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you were being manipulated from afar?

A: Not really.  I just get my green clipboard and Cross ballpoint pen and crank the stuff out.  Once in a while, happily, the business starts writing itself.  I don't feel at all manipulated then, though; I feel like I did in a 5K race once when I got a big shot of endorphins halfway through.  I feel like, Yeah, this is what I want, now I'm really getting it on, let's run with it!  When this happened in the race, I must have passed twelve people.  Would that such a thing happened more often.

Q: What is your worst time as a writer?

A: When I get stuck.

Q: Is there anything that would stop you from writing?

A: Discovering that I don't have it.  A massive stroke.  A visit from three spirits.

Q: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?

A: When the seven awards for the series started coming in.

Q: Is writing an obsession to you?

A: No.  I just think it's a really cool thing to do.

Q: Are the stories you create connected with you in some way?

A: Only in the sense that my son invented Crosley.  I was the custodial parent, and John and I did a lot of bedtime give-and-take about Cros---what he had been up to that day, new attributes, and so forth.  This went on for over a year, and we really fleshed out the character.  The other protagonist (the boy) is based on John.  I suppose this amounts to somewhat of a connection.

Q: Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?

A: Brother Bradbury isn't like most of us.  If that's what works for him, that's great.

Q: Where is your book available?

A: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores.

Q: Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?


Sands Hetherington, the creator of Night Buddies series of chapter books, credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley, until eventually it occurred to Sands why it was that Crosley was bright red. That was when the first book came together.

 Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years: all of the classic children’s stories from Aesop through the Grimms, Lewis Carroll, Frank Baum, Tolkien and Dahl, with a lot of Dickens and Hugo thrown in. When school was out they got in the car and toured Alaska, Canada and most of the contiguous states. John still gets around. So far he has lived in Germany, Scotland, Russia, England and Spain.

 Dogs have always been a part of the author’s life, beginning with Whiskers, a cocker spaniel. When his wonderful boxer Hube died, he despaired of finding a boxer who could match him, and instead got a Saint Bernard. He ended up breeding Saints for a number of years and at this point has had twelve as house pets. Sands says dogs can do you a power of good, and if you lose one, go out and get another the next day and you will be surprised at how fast your grief goes away.

 Sands is also a Civil War buff. He would like to spend a month of evenings with common soldiers from both sides to see how they felt about the business. And eccentric generals like Jackson, Sherman and Forrest, and most of all Lincoln. Because Lincoln never gets to smile in his pictures.

 The author was born in New York City but was transplanted a year later to Greensboro, North Carolina, where his maternal grandmother lived. He never really left the area and has a lot of the South in him. His grandmother was a prominent educator and became a great friend and mentor.

 Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro now, and hangs out with his longtime friend Ann and their Saint Bernards Dudley and Maggie. He likes visiting ancient Mediterranean sites in Turkey and Italy, and most of all Greece.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Interview with Ruby Lee Tuesday, author of Better Believe

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911b0-better2bbelieve Title: Better Believe
Author: Ruby Lee Tuesday
Publisher: Trafford
Pages: 132
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook
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 Ruby Lee Tuesday was born to be her father’s property. Trapped in an abusive home where only perfect was good enough for the devil, Ruby attempted to distract herself from his ways through her music, poetry, art, and most importantly, her faith in God. Tuesday shares a heartbreaking story of childhood trauma as she bravely pursued her dreams, despite living with parents who seemed determined to destroy her, both physically and emotionally. While providing a riveting look into the ways of an abuser, Tuesday details how her mistreatment eventually caused her to lose her faith, embark on a path of self-destruction, and succumb to panic attacks and depression. But through it all, Tuesday somehow managed to find solace and an escape in her music, ultimately leaving everything behind and bravely following her dream all the way from Norway to Nashville, Tennessee, where she would find faith once again. Better Believe is a story of determination, passion, betrayal, friendship, and hope as one woman journeys from the darkness of abuse into the light of healing where she learns to believe in herself for the first time.

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Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

“Better Believe- A Story of Hope” is the story of my life so far. It is the first time I tell my story, the first time I really relate to my story and all the trauma that has been a part of my life. It is the first time i talk about a lot of things that happened to me. I find my own voice in my book, i had forgotten who I was. So, therefore, this book was an essential part of my healing work. It tells you abut part 1 of my life and contains difficulties from my childhood, my youth, my bands and my struggles, my ups and downs, my drug abuse, my coming clean. Hopes and dreams. Keep keeping on. Losing faith, finding faith once again. Learning to trust and learning to grow. Learning to live. And then I will record my album that goes with the story, “…butAlive!!!” by LadyLoveRebel. www.ladyloverebel.com

How did you come up with the idea?

The inspiration behind this book was to gather my story together, tie together bits and pieces from a broken memory, and finally tell all about the secrets I was beaten not to tell. It was a huge part of my healing work. It shows people that with God and faith anything you believe can happen. The inspiration was to find my voice and be brave and speak my mind. The inspiration was also to make something bad (many memories in my story) into something victorious, like holding the product, “Better Believe- A Story of Hope” in my hand. Turn it into something that people can find help in. Provide hope and encourage people to keep keeping on! And never give up hope! As long as you breathe there is always hope. I have dealt with a lot of trauma, abuse and all sorts of challenges in my life. When I wrote this book, “Better Believe- A story of Hope” I wanted to close that chapter so that I could move on with my life and live it in a way of my choice. I had to deal with a lot of suppressed memories during the writing so it was a massive challenge to put my story together. Now that I have wrote the book, I am starting to see where I come from, and see what I’ve been through, as strengths, not weaknesses, and that changes a lot of my thinking in the present moment in time. And so the inspiration to write it was to sort out a lot of things and then share my story so that I perhaps could provide hope and help for other people in challenging situations.

What kind of research did you do before and during the writing of your book?

I have read a lot of self-help books, I have live through a lot of challenges, I have talked to numerous intelligent people, I have read psychology and everything I could that was related to my situation. I do believe that God provided me with the answers, through other people, as I asked the questions. And I do believe that he has guided me through this whole process.

Can you give us a short excerpt?

This is from the intro of my book;


“It was a summer day in 1979 that this baby child was born. She resisted and twisted for two weeks, and when she finally came, her forehead came first. She was nearly strangled by the cord around her neck. The doctors took her and ran out of the room. She never connected with her mother and her mother never connected with her. Her surroundings were wild. She had a sister and later on got a brother. They were all raised in different parts of the house, Isolated from one another. The house was haunted, and her room reminded of a prison cell. Besides from a tiny window in the roof, there was no light coming into her darkness.”


In your own experience, is it hard to get a nonfiction book published today? How did you do it?

I self published my book with Trafford. 


 Ruby Lee Tuesday has spent years on healing both physically and spiritually. She is a poet, singer, and songwriter who plays a variety of instruments. Ruby left Norway in 2013 to pursue her dreams in Nashville, Tennessee. This is her first book.

10 Tips to Becoming a Better Writer by author Andrea Michaels

 


Title: Reflections of a Successful Wallflower
Author: Andrea Michaels
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages: 340
Genre: Business Memoir
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Reflections of a Successful Wallflower can only be compared to reading the diaries of Andrea Michaels, considered to be the backbone of the special events industry. This multiple award-winning business woman shares openly and candidly, not only the public wunderkind but the inner woman. Discover the workings of one of the foremost event producers in the world. You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll be in disbelief and fascinated at the same time. Andrea is a storyteller, and her stories and her life are great lessons for everyone.

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10 Tips to Becoming a Better Writer

Want to become a better writer? Here’s what’s worked for me.

1. Don't worry about chronological order, i.e. starting at the beginning and then working through until you have an ending. Just write down whatever you want in any order at all ... when you are done with all your thoughts,  it will find its own natural sequencing.
2. If you come to a block, start talking. Writing is really putting the spoken word on paper. It will find natural punctuation in your pauses and breaths. Have a conversation with yourself if there are various points of view to be explored.
3. Imagine you are watching a movie of your book. Who is doing what, what do they look like, how do they move, what do they say, what are they thinking?
4. Storyboard. Put down all of your ideas, no matter how insane they might be at the time. And then use as many of them as are valid and discard the others. There is no such thing as a bad idea.
5. Pick a person you are close to and write them a letter that begins with "Dear ????" and ends with "I love you, (signed with your name),  and then share all of your thoughts with them. Now take out greeting and signature, and you'll have part of your book written.
6. Read what you write aloud. If it doesn't sound good it won't read well either.
7. Remember Miles Davis' quote: His best music came from the notes he didn't play. Edit and don't fill space just to fill space. Every word needs to mean something.
8. Don't stop yourself if you don't spell well or punctuate well. That's what computers are for. And if you don't use proper grammar and it works, let it go. There are no rules.
9. You can either start with your title or it can come at any time. Now when you have it, does it really tell you what's inside the book?  Imagine yourself seeing a book on Amazon with that title. Would you buy it? If you open up to the first page, will you read beyond the first sentence?
10. Decide if it matters if anyone else reads the book. It's one thing to write merely for yourself. It's another when you want others to read it. For the first you can be indulgent. For the second, you cannot.


Winner of 39 Special Events magazine Gala Awards, Andrea was honored as the “Pillar of the Industry” during The Special Event Gala in 2014. This unique one-time-only achievement award, on the heels of the 25th Anniversary of Extraordinary Events, recognized Andrea for a lifetime of elevating the quality, integrity, creativity and impact of the events industry, as well as spearheading its international outreach. Andrea is also the first inductee into the Special Event Industry Hall of Fame and the recipient of the coveted Special Event Award of Excellence and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she has won the M.P.I. Global Paragon Award and a SITE Crystal Award, among many other such honors. Andrea has planned and produced events since 1973, expanding from local Los Angeles based events to a dominant international presence.

How does Andrea stay ahead of the competition and consistently exceed her clients’ expectations? She listens. To her clients. To her vendors. To the industry. Then she integrates that very precise information in order to achieve her clients’ individual goals through creative marketing and integrated special events. What does this mean and how does it benefit you? It means that Andrea will promise that your needs are understood, your goals are met, and your budget is respected. All achieved through listening.

Andrea thinks of each event like a play…with an overture, acts, and finale, which brings a satisfying experience to all who attend her events. She believes in intense communication through marketing strategies designed to fulfill the goals of each individual project.

Whether it’s a multi-day festival at Mall of America, the opening of G.M. Place in Vancouver, hybrid events for MINI, the holiday spectacle for Go Daddy or multi-day programs throughout Europe, Asia or Latin America, no event is too small or too large. All are given equal attention.

Andrea’s conceptualization skills, logistical savvy, and ability to produce the mega-event for thousands of guests are legendary. Each event presented to her is analyzed for its specific needs. Her ever-growing clientele is loyal, and many clients have been with her for more than 20 years. These sought-after relationships are based on proven performance and enriched with trust and ethics. She listened carefully 25 years ago. She listens now.

Andrea is now a published author. Available on Amazon as a hard-bound book or on Kindle, as well as at Barnes & Noble book stores, her book, Reflections of a Successful Wallflower; Lessons in Business, Lessons in Lifeis a tell-all, in-depth glimpse into her personal and professional life and is quite a read! Other books co-authored by Andrea include: Stepping Stones to Success with Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield;

Yes You Can! Reaching your Potential While Achieving Greatness with Dr. Warren Bennis and Jim Rohn; Bushido Business – The Fine Art of the Modern Professional with Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy and Stephen M.R. Covey; and Mastering the Art of Success with Mark Victor Hansen, Les Brown and Jack Canfield.

Follow Andrea on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Extraordinary-Events/https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reflections-of-a-Successful-Wallflower-Lessons-in-Business-Lessons-in-Life/ and Twitter @extraordinaryev.

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Santo Nino, The Body of Christ by Romito S. Olaguer Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: Santo Nino, The Body of Christ
Author: Romito S. Olaguer
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 312
Genre: Religion/Christianity
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 John 18:36 We, Members of the Body of Christ are not of this world, although we live in this world. Romans 8:31 If God be for us (Body of Christ) Who can be against us.

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Romeo S. Olaguer is a retired offshore oil and gas production employee in the Gulf of Mexico and other parts of the world. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila. This is his first book he is attempting to publish titled Santo Nino, The Body of Christ. He believes writing this book is the will of the Holy Spirit for he has no journalistic background. He has a great family living in California.

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Title: Silver Diaspora
Author: Christopher T. Rand
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Memoir
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 At the outset, the members of author Christopher T. Rand’s family lived in a world of great wealth. They were among the richest people in the United States. But they then faced a dilemma: compelled to choose between staying on in their ancestral world or keeping up with the times in the nation around them and integrating themselves into the American mainstream. With each generation, the pressure on these individuals to choose between escape or immersion into the society became more and more intense. In Silver Diaspora, Rand examines his family’s roots in the northeastern United States and chronicles his journey through these times, against the backdrop of the family history. Embarking on a search of a better new world, Rand’s parents leave the East Coast and land in California. From here, this memoir follows Rand through college at Berkeley, travels abroad, work in the petroleum industry and his experiences as a writer. Describing the people, places and experiences that impacted Rand’s life, Silver Diaspora provides one man’s insight into the world in the latter two-thirds of the last century.

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Christopher T. Rand has worked as a writer, consultant, and translator. He is the author of Making Democracy Safe for Oil and has worked on litigation with the Federal Trade Commission and the state of California. Rand lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has two children.

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