Saturday, October 29, 2016

Author Interview : Lonnie Ostrow


Hello to all. Meet author Lonnie Ostrow who is a proud writer of an exceptionally fantastic debut novel, ‘Poet of the wrong generation’ which before its release date that is 10 November 2016 is receiving positive reviews by book reviewers all over the world. Below is the conversation I had with the author.  After reading this conversation,  just hurry before the book goes out of stock because the novel is going to be high in demand in the coming months. You can read my review of his book here. The conversation with the author, here it goes.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

A) I grew up on Long Island, New York. I studied English and Communications at Adelphi university. Writing was always my backbone. I wrote for the student newspaper, and later for the audio division of Simon and Schuster publishers. My job for the last 14 years is with the famous bestselling novelist, Barbara T. Bradford. I work as her marketing director, office manager, researcher and social media director. In my spare time, I work with first time authors in helping them to edit and marketing their novels.

Who is your favorite author?

A) Nick Hornby and Carl Hiassen are two of my favorites. They both tell stories that are loaded with popular culture and musical references. They also both write with a great deal of humor.

What are your hobbies?

A) In my local community on Long Island, I organize annual theme parties. In the past couple of years, I arranged costume parties in the theme of the 1970s and the 1980s. Hundreds of people dressed up in costume and attended. It was great fun. I also read a lot of fiction and biographies when my time allows.

How many novels have you read up until now?

A) I lost count when I was in college. For English Literature, we were assigned dozens of classics from Dickens, Steinbeck and Sallinger. I must have over 300 novels on my bookshelves at home.

How much time did you take to finish your debut novel, ‘Poet of the Wrong Generation’?

A) I wrote the first draft back in November of 2002. It took me two years of editing to get it up to publication level. then another two years to find a literary agent. I worked with her for 8 months, making many changes along the way. Then, we reached an impasse when she wanted me to change a PG rated novel into a much darker and profane one. I insisted on keeping it more accessible to a wider range of readers. Eventually, we parted ways and I put the project away for several years. It's taken me 14 years since writing the novel to see it published.

How did you find your publisher? Did they accept your novel in the first instance?

Harmony River Press found me. A friend of mine was working on a children's book project with them. He told them about my manuscript and they asked me to email it to them immediately. It took approximately 15 months from that time until the launch this month.

Who read your novel first?

A) I read many passages to my wife while I was writing it back in 2002. The first person to read it in its entirety was my childhood friend, Ben Wulsohn. He was my initial story editor and sounding board. He was exceptionally helpful.  

If your novel should be re-written again, what would you change?

A) I've been so diligent in polishing this novel over 14 years that I don't think I would change anything. Certainly nothing major.  

How did you deal with writer’s block?

A) I've never had to deal with it. When I'm writing, I sit down and concentrate, often following the story outline that I created at the beginning of the project. Once momentum kicks in, it feels like I'm running downhill. Sometimes it feels like the story is writing itself. On the odd day when I feel tired, or less motivated, I'll force myself to write a page or two, which may not be perfect, but can be edited, or salvaged the next day.

What’s your next project?

A) I started a second novel back in 2005. It's a different story with different characters and set in a different time period. What it shares in common with Poet is that it takes a different, cynical look at the concept of fame and celebrity. This time, with a notorious twist. I plan to go back and complete that novel once I have finished promoting Poet of the Wrong Generation.

Your favorite scene from your novel?

A) There is a scene where Johnny goes looking for his musical mentor inside his old and disorganized house. Howard has been missing for several days and Johnny and his friend manage to get inside in an effort to find him. What they discover is another major mystery within the story.

Do you have any advise for budding writers?

A) Be prepared to deal with rejection and make sure to wear a thick skin. So many young writers start out with big dreams and expectations. They need to reel this in and focus on completing all the steps in perfecting their work before seeking literary representation. Writers must also prepare to be their own marketing directors. They can not expect their publishers to turn their work into overnight bestsellers. Instead, they need to come up with every possible angle to get their book reviewed and promoted.

Anything else the readers would like to know about?

Many early readers have asked me if i plan to write a sequel to Poet. The truth is, I didn't initially plan to do so. I thought of Poet as one complete story with a definitive starting point and conclusion. That said, I'm now starting to get requests from readers who are asking questions about what happens to Johnny and Megan after the story ends. I've come up with a series of potential story lines. if the demand is there, I will consider the possibility of going back and writing another book featuring these characters.


Thank you author Lonnie Ostrow for agreeing to have this conversation. I wish you all the success .May God shower His enormous blessings on you and your family members and of course your books. And about the sequel to Poet, I would love that but please make sure the book is as interesting and captivating as the first book. All the best.

Lonnie Ostrow

About the author(Courtesy goodreads)

Lonnie Ostrow has been an innovator, storyteller, promoter and celebrity-insider for more than two decades. With Poet Of The Wrong Generation, he combines all his unique experiences to bring you a novel of love & betrayal, music & fanfare, downfall & redemption -- a fable of stardom's rewards, set in New York City during the 1990s. 
Since 2001, Mr. Ostrow has been the publicity/marketing director & researcher for the iconic best-selling novelist Barbara T. Bradford. He also serves as an editorial and marketing consultant for a collection of first-time authors through The Editorial Department. Previously he served as a PR executive, promoting an assortment of first-time celebrity authors including Ray Manzarek of The Doors. 
From 1995 - 2001, Mr. Ostrow was widely credited with inventing the "living celebrity postal phenomenon." In all, he worked with more than 40 legendary personalities from Bob Dylan to the Bee Gees, Sylvester Stallone to Jackie Chan, creating high-profile media events to celebrate their postal recognition by an assortment of foreign nations.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

All chennai readers and bloggers are invited


Bestselling author Shatrujeet Nath will lead an interactive session on what makes great fictional characters great. Shatrujeet will deconstruct great characters to explain why they are so striking & memorable. Ideal for both aspiring writers and avid readers. 

Where?

The event will happen in Odyssey at Adyar, Chennai. Everything you need to know about the much awaited event can be found by clicking this facebook link  https://www.facebook.com/events/293740761024848/


Just follow the above link and click interested if you wish to go to the event but not sure whether you can go to the event because of the timing.  All those who want to go to the event, click going.

If you have read all books written by the author or at least two books or even one book and you currently live in Chennai, then you are the person we are looking for and do you know a deep reader who is not a blogger but just a friend of yours, go ahead and bring them along with you. Do not forget the date of the event. Kindly, note it down in your diary. It is November 2nd, on Wednesday approximately at 7 PM.


Books written by the author in chronological order


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About the author


Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Poet of the wrong generation by Lonnie Ostrow

31675691No.of pages : 462
Publisher: Harmony River Press
Publishing date :10th November 2016
Genre: Romance
Book links:  Goodreads Facebook  Amazon
Author links: Goodreads  Website

My review

I have read plenty of foreign books but this novel is the best of them all because of the attachment I had with the characters. They felt very real. Even though to me New York is a country that I haven’t visited yet, through this novel I was able to arm chair travel while reading the book. As this is a 462 pages long book, without my knowledge, I was fully absorbed by the sentiments of the main protagonists.This book came as a breath of fresh air to me. Poet of the wrong generation is such a unique book that left me flabbergasted in each and every chapter. It was a thrilling experience for me to find out what is going to happen next.

There was never a dull moment in the book. I kept on turning pages and pages. It made me like every chapter of the novel. But the main put off for me was how did both Johny and Megan fell madly in love with each other in the first place. But still I loved the book as the book was very fast moving making me forget this flaw and all. The book is a great entertainer. I haven’t read this kind of novel by a foreign author ever if I have to recall when I was studying my bachelor’s degree, I read one novel by Deborah Smith, but this novel is the best . Hence, I thank author Lonnie Ostrow for generously providing me a copy of this wonderful book for me to review. It was an absolute joy reading this book.

The novel is set in 90’s. It is a betrayal love story. What if your lover one day turned you down. It will hurt you badly if you loved them honestly. This novel is about the source which made Megan Price daughter of New York’s most powerful PR woman to ditch her faithful and loyal partner, Johny and the reasons why she did it..

People who have read this novel before me may dislike Megan’s villainous mom but I didn’t because she wanted to make her daughter’s life much easier. This doesn’t make her villainous at all. She thought the best life she can gift her daughter is by separating her from Johny. I firmly agree with her. As a mother she wanted to give the best to her children. It doesn’t make her bad. Not only mothers, even the fathers are like that. Every parent not only in foreign countries, even in India, parents are like that. Above all, which parent wants their daughter to divorce her husband at a young age and marry multiple partners or be proud of her children living a lonely , melancholy life..All parents wish is that their children to enjoy a blissful married life. Who knew Katherine price's perceived notion will backfire? 

Please do not think it is my hate for Johny that makes me like Katherine Price. He is a nice guy.It is just that he didn’t have a decent job ( he was just a college student) to support Megan in the beginning. This triggered Katherine’s egoistic nature. Thus I enjoyed Johny’s success as a songwriter and singer. If Megan didn’t ditch him he wouldn’t have become a rock star. So thank God for that.

The sudden twists and turns of events in the novel made me sad, angry,  happy and shocking. The ending part was very romantic. I didn’t expect such an ending. 'Money doesn’t buy happiness' is a strong message that the readers will learn via this novel because of this reason, it deserves a place in everyone’s household.  We learn about Johny’s success and failure and everything in the book especially the readers after reading the book may start pitying the celebrities. We learn the true meaning of life through Megan and Johny’s musical love story. Be prepared to find out spookily accurate meaning of life. 

My rating 5/5

My verdict  

After a long time I am giving a fiction book 5/5 rating so that says it. The highlight of the book is all the poems found in it. So hats off to author Lonnie Ostrow for all the hard work put into publishing this marvelous novel. 

Excerpts from the book

" You trust me, Meg?" Seeing her nod , he pressed on, "Have I ever given reason to doubt me?"-Johny

What do ya mean?I trust you more than anyone. You know that. Why'd you ask?

"If you're asking if men intimidate me, no. Except for my soon-to-be-ex-husband, I get on fine with every guy I've ever known. As long as we mesh musically, I'm cool."-Lauren

"Get up, you spoiled princess!" He moved around her in a raging semi-circle." Quit being damn' useless!"-Gerry

She took a volunteer job working part-time with battered woman. Other people's problems 
were surely easier to solve than her own- Megan

Disclaimer  An advance review copy was provided to me by the publisher and I thank them.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Taken by Laxmi Hariharan

31575143No.of pages :222
Publisher  : Juggernaut
Pubished on : August 192016
Genre : Dystopian, Paranormal fiction
Book links : Goodreads Amazon
Author links : Goodreads Twitter Website

My review

This book took me by surprise. Although I enjoyed reading the first book in Many lives series, 'Feral' failed to impress me. It was a pleasant read but logic was missing in the novella according to my view or it was too difficult to believe the goodness of the story. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book set in a futuristic world call it Utopian after tsunami cleansed the whole world and where many people died leaving only few to survive the attack by tsunami.

I have read and reviewed the 'Many lives of Ruby Iyer' and quite liked it. Though this novel is a part of the many lives series , it’s a standalone novel. Ruby Iyer’s one silly mistake ended up in a massive loss where many people lost their lives not only in the city Bombay but the whole world. Jai has promised his mother on her death bed that he will protect his country and all the survivors of tsunami where even temples are washed out and destroyed. So the novel is set in the near future where hybrids pose a great threat to the humans but enough reasons not given to justify this fact in the book.

Jai is the son of the Mayor Vikram and Ruby Iyer and in this period only people with high positions have phones. There are refugees settled in the city Bombay now called as Indostan.Particularly these refugees are from all over the world. Ariana alias Aria is one of the refugees. Jai is attracted to her immediately when she came to his house as an unwelcome guest.

She offers herself to him so that her sister and her mother can be saved from the iron hands of the people with bad intentions especially the hybrids. Her mother was raped in place of her and her sister, and therefore she does not trust anyone. She simply goes by what her gut feeling says. She is very daring in nature.

Jai’s mother has given him a sword before she died that belonged to Charles II once(it was the main reason that triggered tsunami), which can kill all the hybrids.As I have read the novella 'Feral' I am not too shocked to know about Jai’s sibling. There arises a situation where Aria has to kill Jai but will she do it because she loves him so much. The love is mutual but they don’t say it.

What I liked in the novel was that Bombay had become more economically powerful nation after tsunami hit the world. I liked what Vishal had said. It gave the city and its survivors a fresh start to a more cleaner and pollution free nation even though the cost of life cannot be replaced. Bombay 2 is ready to be occupied by the refugees but the hybrids have grown large in number and they pose a menace to the world.

I liked all the good characters in the book starting from Gilbert, the right hand of Jai. They all speak volumes apart from the main protagonists Jaidon and Ariana. I liked the theory behind the red moon day and Jai harnessing the power of the sword. I liked the ending part and it was quite filmy. If this book was a movie I am sure all teenagers might like it.

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict 

I read this book in one go. If you like the genre dystopian , this is a must read otherwise never bother to read this book. The initial pages are boring and the second half is much more interesting than the first half. I would recommend this novel to all teenagers.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Fancy & Adriaan by Haidji

21895852No.of pages : 62 
Publisher : Create space
Published on : 2014
Genre : Fantasy
Book links : Goodreads Amazon
Author links : Goodreads Website Twitter

My review


I have no words to express this book. But be assured this is me reviewing this marvellous work of the brilliant author, Haidji .The story is set in a distant world away from the earth. This is a love story. Fancy is a fairy while Adriaan is an elf. There are other beings like dwarfs too in this world.

One day Fancy meets a man entering their world and she asks her guardian angel to know who is this giant being for which the angel replies he comes from the human world. She asks the guardian angel to give her permission to visit the human world and the guardian angel declines her request saying she does not come under senior fairies group.

Will she visit the human world? She asks help from her lover Adriaan. Adriaan is a popular elf in his world as he creates portions to cure the sick trees, dwarfs, elfs, fairies. Fancy is inquisitive, risk taker and very, very adventurous.

If one thinks, other one feels. This is something us the humans lack. Lot of divorce cases happen all around the world because married couples lack this quality of being sensible and level headed to enjoy a happy fruitful marriage.

After reading the book, thanks to the author, Haidji I was able to imagine and weave my own story about the world which I am sharing right now. There were humans, elves, fairies, dwarfs , guardian angels when God created the world. But due to the greediness of the human beings to become like God, God separated them by putting the elves, fairies and dwarfs and guardians angels all in a different planet.

The humans lived more than 1000 years on earth. Then God decreased the life span of humans  and animals owing to over population. It was hard for him to make this decision but if it is not made there will come a time where humans do not have space to even stand.

I loved the author’s style of writing. The book contains very few pages but the message is clear. True love indeed exists. The love will survive until there is a give and take in the relationship.

Rating 5/5

My verdict


Go buy this book immediately. It is not a yet another book. 
You will not be disappointed. I always used to hate fantasy stories exceptions go to few books like Fancy and Adriaan.After reading the book who knows you can also create your version of story telling. This book is a decent read. So it can be read to children below six years as a bed time story.Fancy & Adriaan is a book I will cherish for a long time.