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Saturday, October 29, 2016

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.