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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Inspiration for My Books from My Personal Life by Bill Gourgey and Giveaway!

Now on tour with the fabulous JKS Communications...
Nu Logic: Rise of the Neos (Glide #1)
Bill Gourgey

Page Count: 530
Release Date: October 15th, 2013
Publisher: Jacked Arts Press (self-published)
Genre: Sci-fi, Alternate universe, 2nd in a series

Accomplished virologist, Dr. Janot (whose specialty is crossover pathogens), threatens the promising Glide era with his wildly popular augmented reality gaming world: Neology. Only the genius inventor, Captain Magigate, can stop him, but Magigate is lost in the past with his erstwhile lover and foe, the Prophet.

Teenage artist Maddy’s cryptic paintings hold the key to reaching the Captain, but will she discover their secret in time to stop Dr. Janot, whose Connected Reality vision threatens to transform the human experience forever?

Nu Logic is the sequel to Glide—the second book in the Glide trilogy—which is set alternately in a future world shaped by the miraculous inventions of Dr. Magigate, and the preceding dystopian era dominated by the Prophet and her Academy.

How Much of My Personal Life is In My Books and Where I Get My Inspiration

This is a work of fiction. The characters and events portrayed here are fictitious or used fictitiously. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

Do those words look familiar? In legalese, it’s known as a copyright page disclaimer; to an author, it’s called CYA. After all, we authors are a wimpy lot. We exact our revenge on the world by sitting behind our obedient word processors, creating characters that loosely resemble an odious relative or reviled frenemy, and hatching plots that place these despicable characters in particularly distasteful situations.

When asked by said victims if they were the inspiration for these characters, we invariably deny it, and quickly change the subject. Any author who tells you otherwise is either lying or completely disconnected from his or her muse (a condition that could be more troubling than lying!). After all, the old saying you are what you eat has a writer’s corollary—you write what you are.

Examples abound: Khaled Hosseini sets his stories in his native Afghanistan. Jhumpa Lahiri rarely strays from her Indian heritage. Even the versatile Octavia Butler of sci-fi lore cleaved close to her own African and American cultures. Of course, with acclaim and confidence (or hubris), a writer may branch out from the safety net of personal experience to tackle the hazards of pure interest. And if they’re really daring, they may even stray far enough to write about imagined experiences they have no business writing about. Critically acclaimed American writer and publisher Dave Eggers, for example, has tackled stories set in Africa and the Middle East, even daring to portray the ultra-closed Saudi culture in A Hologram for the King. The best part about Dave Eggers is that it works! Every time. When I grow up, as a writer, I’d like to be like Dave Eggers. For now, I’ll stick to my own backyard where there’s still plenty to harvest.

Like a witch's brew, I find that the most enchanting fiction stems from a pentacle of rudimentary ingredients:
  1. A dollop or two of personal experience
  2. A healthy dose of originality
  3. A few sprinkles of research (more than a few for historical fiction)
  4. Many leaves of good writing
  5. A great editor with a stiff paddle to stir the concoction to perfection!
Of course, cooking time is important, too—generally speaking, the longer the brew bubbles, the more intoxicating the spell. All of these ingredients can be found on the shelves somewhere in the writer’s equivalent of a place that resembles Diagon Alley. All save one: originality. Originality stems from inspiration, which can’t be acquired. That’s what distinguishes the greats.

Where does inspiration come from? Where do I find mine? We writers like to dissociate ourselves from our source of inspiration as willfully as believers like to dissociate themselves from their God. That way, if it all goes south, you have someone else to blame! Writers call that convenient deity their Muse.

But in a neat turn of closed-loop logic, inspiration, like the characters and scenes it spawns, comes from within, from our personal lives—from our accomplishments and failures, our gains and losses, our love and hate. For me, I like to write fiction about technology and the future because they fascinate me. After more than twenty-five years of deep immersion in a technology-based career, the human-technics chemistry still intrigues me. It has all of the hallmarks of a great romance—a star-crossed romance. Who isn’t drawn to read and write about stories of star-crossed lovers? If that notion hooks you, check out the first two books of my Glide trilogy.

Thanks Books à la Mode followers for listening, and as the characters in my futuristic trilogy like to say to one another: Glide on!

About the Author

After spending two decades in the field of technology, Bill Gourgey put his expertise to work as a full-time writer, releasing the first book in his Glide trilogy in 2011.

Gourgey was born and raised in New York City and moved to Huntington, Long Island, as a teenager. He studied at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he earned degrees in electrical engineering and materials science in 1985. Gourgey later lived in New York City, Chicago, Tampa, Boston and New Jersey.

Gourgey served as a managing partner at Accenture where he was awarded a patent for Software Service Architectures. Now, he spends time as a venture capital partner at Omni Capital and a technology advisor for startup companies. He is a member of the Alpha Sigma Mu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.

Gourgey’s first science fiction novel, Glide (2011, Jacked Arts Press), has drawn more than 5 million reads on Wattpad, and the newest installment, Nu Logic, received a highly coveted starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Gourgey has contributed to Wattpad,, Wavecloud, and Enterprise Systems Journal. He is also the author of the short story collection Unfamiliar Fruit (2012, Jacked Arts Press) and the book of poetry titled Outside the Box (2007-2008, Jacked Arts Press).

Gourgey lives in Washington D.C. and enjoys spending time on Maryland’s eastern shore with his wife and two sons. He is currently working on Genesys, the last book in his tech-themed sci-fi trilogy.


Books à la Mode is giving away one finished print copy of Nu Logic—yay!! To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
How much of personal life should an author include in their fictitious stories? Do you prefer novels with lots of personal reference (for instance, an author who writes about her heritage), or novels that are completely contrived, such as sci-fi or works of Dave Eggers?

Don't forget to include your email address in your comment so I know who to contact when I randomly select winner. Don't make me track you down!!!!
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. Bill and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist—a huge thank you to JKS!
Giveaway ends November 2nd at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US residents only—sorry, international readers! Check out my sidebar 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.
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Good luck!