Monday, August 13, 2012

❤author: Peter Golden Interview and Giveaway!

❤ Today, as part of a fantastic book tour alongside JKS Communications, I'm thrilled to welcome author, Peter Golden, to the blog today. Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Peter! Will you please share a short bio with us?

I grew up in South Orange and Maplewood, New Jersey, and I’m an award-winning journalist and the author of six full-length works of non-fiction and fiction. I also write biographies and history. Some of the people I’ve interviewed for my work are Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush 41; Secretaries of State Kissinger, Haig, and Shultz; Israeli Prime Ministers Shamir, Peres, and Rabin; and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Today, I live outside Albany, New York with my wife and son.

Wow, that's quite a lineup! You've certainly had many great opportunities for research — that's so fascinating. Now tell us little bit about your newest release, and debut novel, Comeback Love.

It is the story of a 50-something year-old man, Gordon, who decides to track down the woman he loved — and lost — 35 years ago. When Gordon and Glenna first meet he is an aspiring writer and she is a sexy, sharp-witted medical student. Shifting between the past and the present, we see their relationship unfold against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Women’s Movement — only to crash and burn when the outside world gets in the way. But now, years later, Gordon has an overwhelming desire to see Glenna again. Though she’s stunned when Gordon walks into her Manhattan office one late December night, Glenna agrees to accompany him for a drink. As they walk through the snow-swept city, we learn about the passions that drew them together before tearing them apart. And the question now becomes: why has Gordon sought Glenna out after so much time, and where do they go from here?

Comeback Love is a bracing journey into the hearts of two lovers who came of age in the 1960's. Plumbing the depths of youth, regret, and desire, it deftly illuminates the bonds that mysteriously endure in the face of momentous change.

The kind of nostalgic romance novel we all know and love! What inspired you to write it?

I was looking for a new artistic challenge — one that would combine my interest in history with my passion for fiction. Writing love stories engages me at the deepest emotional level, alters my dreams, wakes me up night and stays with me during the day even when I’m not working. I’ve sold my next novel to Atria, another love story rooted in history, and I’m already lost in that world, and discovering what I like best about this work: it teaches me things about myself I never knew. Sometimes I like what I learn, other times I do not, but I can’t say I’ve ever regretted a moment of the journey.

How did you first get published? Tell us your call story.

Susan Novotny, who owns three independent bookstores in upstate New York, decided to start a small publishing venture, Staff Picks Press, and one day she told me about it. I mentioned that I had a novel I thought would do well with her customers, and she and her people read it and decided to publish it. Susan sold a lot of copies quickly and the trade press wrote about her venture, and the next thing we knew she was being contacted by major publishers. Greer Hendricks, a wonderful editor at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, bought the novel at auction. When my agent, Susan Golomb, called me, I felt like I’d won the lottery.

❤ Wow, that's an amazing journey — very lucky too! How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

There is some of me in all of the characters. After all, novels are dreams translated into words, and dreams always belong to the dreamer. I’m sure on most days my wife would say I’m as adoring as Gordon. On those other days, well — what she’d say probably shouldn’t be repeated.

❤ Ha! I do love how you see novels, by the way. I'm probably going to quote you sometime :) How would you describe your writing style and tone?

I’m not sure, but I believe this most of all: “It is no art to confuse the reader.” It’s advice from Nobel Laureate Isaac Singer, and for writers, I believe they are words to live by.

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

That even after you are published, writing is still work, and when you start the next book it is as hard as the one that came before it. So just keep writing regardless of the disappointments. Even if you sell your book the next one will be just as big a challenge.

❤ Very wise advice. What's a question you always want to be asked during interviews? How would you answer it?

Q: I loved your novel. Are you writing another one? A: Thank you. Absolutely!

❤ Always, always good to hear. What’s the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books?
That although it was, in part, a historical novel, a young woman wrote me that she found it so relevant to her life today.

 What's next for you?

I’ve already sold my next novel to Atria. It’s a romantic saga that follows two intertwining families — one Jewish, one African-American — over three generations, spanning The Great Depression and World War II to the Sixties.

Where can you be found on the web?

Thanks to JKS Communications, we've got one print copy of Comeback Love up for grabs! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour, (schedule found here) as well!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway runs through August 28th, 2012 at 11.59 pm (your time).
Open to US readers only!
Please include your email address in your comment! If I don't know who to contact once you are chosen as the winner, your prize will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!