This Week… an update

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Fremantle Press Great Big Book Read

As I have said before on this site. I will always tell it as it is. I do not care about the Arts Scene Politics. I will say it if it is the good, the bad, or the ugly. So, here is my review of the Fremantle Press Great Bog Book Read. It was held on a Monday, which should have been warning enough, in Fremantle at Clancy’s Fish Pub. The venue was lovely, but all the tables had been reserved and filled by Fremantle Press staff an hour before the event began, leaving us (non-Fremantle Press invitees) standing, crammed into the room while chip bowls were shared with ‘only the staff’. Although not a major issue as we bought meals and I don’t eat chips, it was plain rude to have people strategically avoid you while…

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Movies about Poets and a Love Poem

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This week I went with a friend to see the Chilean movie, Neruda, under the stars at the University of Western Australia as part of the Perth International Film festival. It was about the communist poet Pablo Neruda, who is better known for his political poems. In this film, he is portrayed as a hedonistic narcissistic, who thinks he controls the actions of all those about him, in particular, the investigator who is following him. The movie is definitely one I will buy on DVD. It has a subtext about the suffering of the poor Chilean people after WWII. Also, the camera work in this movie was fantastic, with a definite reference to Noir movies of that time, perhaps best served to remind us that Neruda, a man who gropes his secretaries breast, spends half his life drunk and in brothels, and who leaves his long-term partners with debts…

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Interview with Author Abbie Silk

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I’m very pleased to have YA author Abbie Silk with me this month.

What are you currently working on and what is it about?

I’m currently working on a YA fantasy novspaceel about a princess who gets stuck back in time with her sisters and courted by a demon prince. I’m also working on a short story about a snobby teen chef who goes on a mission trip and changes her whole outlook on life.

Interesting. How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?

I try to write every day except for Sunday. I usually write in the morning, right after breakfast. I usually sit on the couch sideways, or lay on my bed, or sit outside on my little picturesque bench.

Sounds downright dreamy. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Getting started each morning. I…

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Ep. 29 – The Greatest Zombie Story Ever by John Cooper Hamilton & The Death Mount’s Rider by Spencer Koelle

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Whether you are hanging out on the porch and handing out the candy tonight, or sitting inside with the lights out hoping they’ll just go away without egging your windows, we’ve got a special double feature for you. Part One of our Halloween special, so check back later for more. Matt Zophiel and Nonney Constantine narrate.

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Interview with Author Bill Aitken

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My blog runneth over this month. I’m so pleased to be able to add a bonus interview with historical novelist, Bill Aitken.

20140228_070728000_iosThanks for joining me, Bill. Tell us, what are you currently working on?

At the present moment, I am working on the sequel to my first novel – Blackest of Lies.  Again, it is set in the middle of the First World War and follows the progress of my two main characters – Hubert and Banfield – as they deal with German espionage, this time in the US.  The book is called Sweet Sorrow and explores an outrage largely unknown outside the US – the Black Tom explosion in New York harbour.  At that time, the German Embassy was supporting a large number of undercover agents intent on disrupting America’s support for the Allies, despite her neutrality.  Without the explosives and horses bought from the US, the Allies would have found…

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