Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Interview with Author Chris Rose

Chris Rose
Norfolk, UK

Good morning, Chris, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. Tell us a little about what you've written.
Well, I’ve begun a series of books dedicated to a character of my creation, namely, Phillip Rowlings, and the series is, in fact, called ‘The Rowlings Years’. It spans from the 1960s to as far as wherever I decide to call it a day. It’s become a bit addictive.

The first book in the series is called Wood, Talc & Mr. J; We never had it so good…, which is set in Northern England in the late 1970s – though I’m also writing a prequel to it, set further back, more 1960s, early 70s. It’s a working class novel, about survival, if anything, and how a community breaks down amid the advent of Thatcherism. It’s kind of a political allegory, really. Since this novel, I’ve had a lot of requests for a sequel.

And so I’ve responded in kind with Nancy Boy, for one year only, which takes us up to the mid 1990s, and is set in France.

I’m about to release another sequel, it being the first of three novellas, namely The All-clear; an anti-romance novella, again mid 1990s. The second will be The Battleaxe of Hastings; an anti-hist fic novella, and the third: Broken Strings; an anti-chick lit novella.

Along with the first, Wood, Talc…, I also brought out an accompanying book, 22 daydreams, which kind of helps set the scene for the novel: 22 articles written around it, comparing then, the late 1970s, to today.

What is your favorite genre to write?
To be honest, I’m not a genre writer. I’m kind of more of an observer-cum-writer – I really don’t go in for vampires, paranormal, romance etc… Trouble is, of course, that makes me very difficult to categorize, and finding my audience isn’t always so easy…

Favorite food.
Tea or coffee?
 Coffee! I don’t like tea…

Pizza or ice cream?
Depends who’s made the pizza. Italian for both please…

Wine or beer?
Both. Religiously.

Where would you like to visit?
Such a difficult question, so many, many places. You pick one for me, and if you’re paying, I’m coming…

Then I pick Italy if you want to stay on that side of the ocean. Every place in Italy is an inspiration; the scenery, the food, the people, the joy they have for life. If you want to hop across the pond, the Grand Canyon is a life-changing experience. It really gives you different perspective on life. All I need is that big book contract, and we'll double date.
Favorite musical artist.  Do you listen to music when you write?  What?
These three are very interesting questions. All my books tend to have a musical theme – you could even say that, at some level, they revolve around a particular song. But you’ll only understand what I mean by reading my books. The first novel is heavily influenced by Soul music, as was I when I was young. But as to being able to actually write and listen to music at the same time, I can’t – I know so many people can, but I’ve never got it, even at university, seeing students (particularly females, it must be a multi-tasking thing) writing essays with earphones, listening to whomever. I love music too much to be able to concentrate on anything else simultaneously; I find it even difficult to converse with people when I’m listening to music. Therefore, the music influences me greatly to write, and then I have to turn it off…

What makes you laugh?
Oh, boy, so many things – life! Something else you’ll find aplenty in my books, life and lots to laugh about.

Favorite work of art or sculpture.
I’m going to say a painting by a 19th century French Impressionist, Émile Friand, called The Lovers. It’s the painting I used for my novel jacket Nancy Boy, and the original is in the museum of the city of Nancy. I used to sit for hours staring at the painting. Beautiful.

How old were you when you started writing?
My late 30s. The right time. Having lived a bit…

Describe your perfect evening.
A great restaurant. Great service, great food, great wine, with my partner and daughter…

Where do you get your inspiration?
By talking to people, generally. Everyone’s a poet. They just don’t know it.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. And, funnily enough, I’ve recently written a blog post saying the same. I believe in being tired; and if we’re tired, we’re uninspired. Therefore, I go about something completely different, like gardening, anything, or watching a good film, or playing my guitar, and inspiration will come, in its own time… I never force it.

Who is your favorite author?
So difficult. For this interview, I’m going to say French author Albert Camus; I make lots of references to him…

Camus. I love Camus. Best book you ever read.
Another head-banger. But I’ll say Camus’ L’Étranger – The Stranger.

Last book you read.
That was Deborah Rodrigue’s The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul.

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
Well, I’m actually a translator by trade, French and Spanish to English. And I also act in French theatre, on an amateur level – I think I’d do that professionally.

Cool! Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My lovely, loving partner. They don’t come more supportive and inspiring than her…

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Audrey Hepburn. Because she was beautiful inside, too. And it’s something which is very much missing in today’s society: class.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Well, first the cliché – go for it! And then, take your time with whatever you want to write. Nurture it – don’t be carried along by the hurried world, it isn’t a race; it sometimes just feels like it is…

Do you have some links for us to follow you?

Amazon links: Wood, Talc and Mr. J: We never had it so good…

Nancy Boy; for one year only…

22 daydream (or Wood, Talc and Mr. J, my social media ramblings thereof)

Dear Gentle Readers,
Chris has invited our Vision and Verse readers to pick up a copy of
Nancy Boy; for one year only  on sale for the month of July for 99 cents. (Link above.)

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Baslicato by Carol Ann Kauffman


When Dr. Brook Wilson agreed to take on celebrity Italian race car driver Jason Maxwell, known as"The Baslicato," as her patient, little did she realize their relationship would turn her calm, pleasant, well-ordered life upside down, sending her off on dangerous adventures in Utah, southern Italy, and northern Ohio. 

As she prepares him for his big race, she must deal with his demented wife while driving her boyfriend, Dr, Garrett MacEgan into acts of criminal desperation in a attempt to hold on to her.

When tall, handsome British actor Richard MacKenzie wakes up in the hospital after an accident, he discovers he's a short Italian race car driver named Jason Maxwell, known as THE BASLICATO.

The Time After Time series follows a pair of reincarnated lovers, Richard and Nicole, on their many many lifetimes together. They meet in different places, in different eras, and at different stages of their lives.

In this journey, Richard finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and in the wrong incarnation.

The Baslicato is available at Amazon.com.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Schedule for June 26 - 30, 2017

Schedule for June 26 - 30

Mon., June 26 - A Look at The Baslicato
by Carol Ann Kauffman
Tues., June 27 - Interview with
British Author Chis Rose
Wed., June 28 - Reviews for
The Baslicato by Carol Ann Kauffman
Thurs., June 29 - Ruby Lips
by Texas Artist Parker Kaufman
Fri., June 30 - Cover Reveal
Where the Night Ends by Melissa Toppen

Friday, June 23, 2017

Christopher Weed, American Metal Sculptor

This gorgeous, eye-catching powder-coated steel beauty called Spore is the work of the very talented American sculptor, Christopher Weed. His work is very well-known in the American West, with pieces on display in Denver and throughout Colorado.  

I had the privilege of viewing this spectacular piece in person at the Museum of Art in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the spring.  This giant purple orb draws you to it, bringing to mind some fascinating scientific object... or maybe a squishy toy... or a kidney stone... or an alien spacecraft from Doctor Who, all at the same time.  Once you see a "Weed" in person, you never forget it.

Christopher was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Maryland and spent two years studying sculpture in Munich, Germany. He lives in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado where he is president of Christopher Weed, Inc.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meet Jack Sorenson, Western Artist

"I think great paintings should tell a story, should involve the viewer. So much of Western Art today depicts a cowboy or an Indian riding across the landscape. I think we as Western Artists have the opportunity to do so much more."
                -Jack Sorenson

 Jack was born in 1954. He lived an old West lifestyle. He worked on a dude ranch and a frontier city. He was a stagecoach driver, a performance gunfighter, and a horse trainer.

Jack was a naturally gifted artist from a very early age. He began painting full-time when he was twenty years old. His first one-man show in 1974 was sold out.

Follow Jack on his website and
Facebook Page.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FREE Today Belterra by Carol Ann Kauffman

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on October 23, 2015
A soldier and a healer fight for their lives and for their love against an evil power-mad scientist, in a saga of thrilling and complicated adventures, with courage, honesty - and tenderness. This is the second book in the TIME AFTER TIME series, and the fourth one I've read. To me the order makes no difference, because we know that the two lovers will meet and love again and again. The others I've read were set in modern or near-modern times; this one is different in being set in some other world altogether,fantastic in some ways, but very believable in others. Some things about human nature don't change.
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on March 17, 2015
This is an engaging romantic love story set in a post-apocalyptic period on an alien planet. High adventure reigns as the four different clans vie for power. Neeka, daughter of the Lord of the Warrior Clan runs away to be with her lover, Braedon, Lord of the Soldier Clan. Follow their adventures and the ups and downs of their romance as Neeka goes to battle with Braedon, putting her own life in danger. Carol Kauffman has crafted a very entertaining romance/adventure that will keep the reader wondering what will happen until the very end. The writing is concise and well-researched.
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on August 2, 2013
The heroine, Neeka, and the hero, Braedon were often times just not meant to be together... One would think. With Braedon, Lord of the Soldier Clan, hot and sexy who could resist him as he stumbles through the bumpy road of love. It seems at every turn he is trying to prove he is worthy of the love of the daughter, of the Lord of the Warrior Clan.
In a world with plenty of action and adventure and romance, Belterra also has humor that I found endearing.
Sparks fly and several misunderstandings lead them down the road to a rough relationship that may or may not end in happiness. (No Spoilers from this reader) but I can't wait to read more.

Thank you Carol Ann Kauffman for leading me through a wonderful journey with Neeka and Braedon and the many other characters in this novel. Some of which deserve their own books (hint, hint)
I look forward to reading more from you.
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on March 9, 2012
I think this books was throughly well written and insightful. I think the the world that this author created is lush and completely captivating. I wouldn't have thought this would be such an interesting science fiction novel, but I absolutely adore it. I am a pretty big science fiction buff, and this book would fit right in with the rest of my collection. I really loved Belterra and thought it makes a lovely story on it's own, but can't wait to read more from this author!
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on March 5, 2012
I enjoyed this book. The references that the story took place in a post apocalyptic world sparked the science fiction geek in me. The interactions of the characters in this romantic action novel kept me interested and involved. There were also many humorous lines that added to my enjoyment while reading; i.e. "the last cookie on the tray";referring to choice of a man, made me laugh out loud. Great to read a book from a new author. Thank you Carol Kauffman. Looking forward to your next book. Could this be the start of a series?
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on February 26, 2012
Belterra is a step into an enchanting world filled with romance, action, and adventure. The heroine, Neeka, and the hero, Braedon, share a dream of each other, but don't realize the world changing scale of the adventure their love will launch. This romance novel explores the heart and the soul, and the depths of what is right and what is wrong in the pursuit of burning ambition. This was the best romance/adventure novel I've ever read.
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on February 22, 2012
I really loved this book. I think that it has such an interesting story line, and the time period is quite realistic and well researched. I would like to read more by this author in the near future, and wished I could get it as an actual book as well! Keep up the great work!

on September 30, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

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