adore Authors. After all they write what inspires us, give our dreams flight.
They create alternate worlds that we can visit at any given time; all we have
to do is simply pick up a book....
reviewing books. I love being able to read a book, knowing that my opinion
matters and what I love most of all…talking with the Authors, especially the
Indie Authors!!! =D Indies are amazing in every way! We can take a few pointers from
these authors, one of them being… Never give up on your dreams!! Indies spend
countless hours and $$$ promoting their books. I am lucky
to be able to call a few of these amazing Indie Authors, friends. A
majority of these authors I've met via Facebook and the Indie Author
I'm featuring today was met this way.
Richard Long a few months back while he was promoting his debut novel (Part 1
of a 6 part series) The Book Of Paul. He was trying to get his ratings up on
Amazon and made a very public plea on FB. Richard's plea: To get help,
getting around another author's "fat ass" in book ratings. How?
By buying his book!!! It was very catchy and extremely hilarious (to me) and
I've never heard another author make the same snappy comment, as of yet.
I bought an amazing book, helped Richard's cause and made a friend!
I had the chance to interview Richard Long. My original plan was to ask and
obtain a playlist to compliment The Book of Paul. As you read on, you'll see
why that was not possible, however Richard does mention some songs featured in
the book and I posted the songs via YouTube.
What music did you listen to while writing Book of Paul?
I write in silence if at all possible.
However, having written and directed a number of TV commercials, I'm very
conscious of the role of music and sound design in setting a mood. The first
line of The Book of Paul is: He practiced smiling. Martin, the protagonist is
emotionally deadened to the point where he has to imitate emotions. I've often
thought that if I were directing the film or TV version that it would open with
Nat King Cole singing "Smile" which is about the saddest song ever
written. Check out the lyrics sometime. And the end of the story I would
feature Nat King Cole again, singing "When you're Smiling" which is
incredibly joyous and optimistic.
you share your Book of Paul playlist? As an Author what music or music genres
inspire you to write?
Music that tells a story in some way. One of my
favorite albums is Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello. Every song tells a
story. Early Tom Waits was like that, really transported me into his world. My
favorite workout music now are two records by Blur: Park Life and The Great
Escape. Great storytelling there. Also there is a blur song called The Universal
which is the title of the third volume in the upcoming series: The Dream
What inspired you to write the Book of Paul?
I wanted to explore the idea of what childhood
trauma does to your psyche. I had an abusive childhood. The trauma forced me to
create coping mechanisms in order to function. I shut down emotionally at
times, not to the extent Martin does, but I was pretty disconnected from people
and my feelings. To feel, to care was synonymous with pain and suffering, so I
tried to shut that down. Fortunately, I wasn't successful, but I turned to
alcohol and drugs to escape and that was a tragic choice as well. At any rate,
that was just the launching point. The Book of Paul is really a roller-coaster
ride dealing with all kinds of issues and the action is fast and very intense.
This is in no way a brooding psychological study, though that element is there.
Character do you think you relate to the most?
When I was younger, I probably related most to
William. I was on a dark path for a while, in a lot of emotional pain, very
lonely, insecure and disconnected to other people, mired in addiction. Like
William I got into the tarot and numerology and studied the occult and the
Kaballah, even practiced ritual magic. Fortunately, I pulled out of that
nosedive and found Buddhism, which I still practice very imperfectly. Today I
would say I relate more to Paul -- if Paul wasn’t so darn hateful and sadistic.
I relate to his passion, his ambition, his rejection of authority, his love of
life, sense of humor, awe at the wonders and mystery of existence -- and his
desire to participate fully in the transformation of humanity, which I do
believe is coming far sooner that most people think.
without music The Book of Paul is still an amazing story and I cannot wait
until the 2nd volume is out. As I like to say The Book of Paul is 488 pages of
AWESOMENESS, it captivated me from page 1 and I have to admit that no housework
(of any kind) was accomplished until I finished this book (Sorry Hubby).