Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Interview with Peter Golden, Author of Nothing Is Forgotten + Giveaway (US/Can)

I'd like to welcome Peter Golden to the blog today to celebrate the exciting release of Nothing Is Forgotten from Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Peter! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, novelist, biographer, and historian. He was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in the suburbs of South Orange and Maplewood, New Jersey, where he graduated from Columbia High School. He attended Ohio University for two years then transferred to SUNY Albany, graduating with a BA in Philosophy.

He lives in Guilderland, New York, with his wife, a communication professor at University at Albany.


It's amazing to get to feature you today! Readers, here's a bit about the book, which hits shelves today:

From the beloved author of Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light, comes a novel about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev’s Russia and the beaches of Southern France as he finds love and discovers the long-hidden secrets about his heritage.

In 1950s New Jersey, Michael Daniels launches a radio show in the storage room of his Russian-Jewish grandmother’s candy store. Not only does the show become a local hit because of his running satires of USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev, but half a world away, it picks up listeners in a small Soviet city.

There, with rock and roll leaking in through bootlegged airwaves, Yulianna Kosoy—a war orphan in her mid-twenties—is sneaking American goods into the country with her boss, Der Schmuggler.

But just as Michael’s radio show is taking off, his grandmother is murdered in the candy store. Why anyone would commit such an atrocity against such a warm, affable woman is anyone’s guess. But she had always been secretive about her past and, as Michael discovers, guarded a shadowy ancestral history. In order to solve the mystery of who killed her, Michael sets out to Europe to learn where he—and his grandmother—really came from.

Featuring Peter Golden’s signature “vivid characters and strong storytelling” (The Washington Post), Nothing Is Forgotten changes our understanding of the impact of World War II on its survivors and their descendants, and will appeal to fans of novels by Anita Diamant and Kristin Hannah.

As a huge fan of first lines, I’d love to hear the first line of Nothing Is Forgotten. Could you give us a brief commentary on it?
I was never too interested in my family’s history.
I used this line because the story explores why history is important, and I wanted to show the growth of the main character—a crucial feature of a novel. Or at least the novels I enjoy.

Tell us about your road to publication, such as how you first queried, unexpected challenges, and things you picked up along the way.

Nothing Is Forgotten was sold via an outline. It was my third novel. Not much was difficult about that except the 70 pages I produced.

However, my first novel was published by a small press and then picked up by a major publisher. That was a happy accident. It was also after my first two novels had been rejected. There is only one thing to know if you want to publish books: Work at it every day and don’t quit. Ever.


Are the characters from your book based off anyone you know in real life? How much else of your actual life gets written into your fiction?

Yes. Me. And everyone I ever met. And the people I hope to meet. And the people I invent. And the people I dream about. Does it sound like I sometimes confuse reality and fiction? Well, I confess—I do.


Out of all the fantastic books out there, what makes Nothing Is Forgotten stand out from the rest?

Whether Nothing Is Forgotten stands out, I’ll leave to the judgment of readers.

What makes it different is that it deals with the connection between the Cold War and the Holocaust, a history that is rarely explored in novels. Oh, and there is also a love story, because I like novels with love stories.

Blog babes, click "Read more" to find out Peter's best personal and professional advice. We're also hosting a giveaway for a finished copy of Nothing Is Forgotten, so you don't want to miss that either!

Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you had known before getting published.

That one day you’re twenty and, it seems, you wake up one morning and it’s thirty years later. The cliché is right—time flies. Don’t waste it!

Now give us your best personal advice—something you wish you had known when you were younger and would offer to your own kids.

Find out who you are and be that person. Don’t worry what others think, because when you’re old, you’re the only who will have to look back on your life. And you’ll want to keep regrets to a minimum.

Where can you be found on the web?


It was a pleasure to be able to get to know you better today, Peter! Thank you again for dropping by, and best of luck with future endeavors!

Giveaway!

Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Nothing Is Forgotten—woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
What is something—a specific memory of an experience, person, item—you'll never forget?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Peter and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Probably the first time my family and I moved into our new home in Texas when I was a toddler. It was an exciting first experience for me, and such a vivid memory despite how long ago it was. I don't remember much else at that age, though.


Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks over at Atria Books!
Giveaway ends April 24th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar on the right for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide—there are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!