Zingers for Everyone
It's the new full color edition by noted author and voice therapist Dr. Morton Cooper. Sold everywhere at $6.95 - it's FREE with your new subscription to inMag.
Express Exec: A Novel Approach
to Business Solutions
In his latest book, "Express Exec," Gary Brose taps into the techniques that lead to this level of success.
Dan Schuck Explains
Why the Glass is Half Full
Dan Schuck's book, 'A Glass Half Empty?...or Half Full?...A Children's Book for Grown-Ups' will help raise awareness of mental illness.
Lisa Harrison Jackson
Gifted: Handle With Care
Never Too Late, An Interview with Lisa Harrison Jackson about her latest book, 'Gifted: Handle With Care.'
Here Be Dragons
Alejandra Olivera is a published author, painter, designer, traveler, cook, and Psychotherapist. Her most recent novel is 'Here Be Dragons.'
Danny Gutknecht Finds
Meaning At Work
CEO and author, Danny Gutknecht, has discovered the key to reviving a sense of humanity in the jaded work environment with his book, 'Meaning At Work.'
Children's Authors Solve The Mystery,
Where The Socks Go
Teachers and authors Nicole McCalla, Claudine Barbot, and Jocelyn Barbot decided to take on the challenge of writing children's literature.
Michael Jabbra on Masters
and Monsters and More
American author, Michael Jabbra, explores this relationship in his first children's book, "The Adventures of Master and Monster."
Keaton Maddox and the Red Hen Saga
Keaton Maddox is Associate Editor and Publicist of Red Hen Press - one of the only literary presses in the Los Angeles area since its foundation.
Two Shades of Vice:
Dewey Reynolds's Long Strange Trip
'Two Shades of Vice' is the first work of fiction by author Dewey Reynolds and the chance to tell his most important story.
Fifteen-Year-Old Filmmaker, Novelist & Activist
Even as a young child, Orz had always known he wanted to be involved with filmmaking. After trying his hand at acting and other film-related activities, he realized that his true passion was in telling stories, via directing.
With a Vampire Twist
Author Thomas Hewlett knew what he wanted to do from the age of fifteen. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was drawn to Science-Fiction and Mystery works. When he found books whose endings he didn't like, he re-wrote them himself. In doing so, he realized his calling. "It sparked something inside me," Hewlett muses. "When I didn't get that same feeling from anything else, I knew that all I wanted to do was write."
The First First Gentleman
Gerald Weaver's first novel, "The Gospel Prism," is a poetic story of redemption, drawing influence from Dante's Inferno. His latest novel, "The First First Gentleman," tells the story of Melinda Sherman, a former war hero, who is vying to be the first woman in the Oval Office. While the timing is eerily similar to Hillary Clinton's Presidential run, Mr. Weaver emphasizes that his novel is not a commentary on the current election cycle, but rather an attempt to push the notion of true gender equality past the 'tipping point,' as he calls it.
Marguerite Nardone Gruen
How Her Dream Comes True
Taking "follow your dreams" to a whole new level, author Marguerite Nardone Gruen asks us to experience the journey of Chase and Marguerite. A love story like no other, both the characters and the audience are sure to fall in love. An instant classic based on a dream that is sure to make you feel like you are in one.
Caitlin McKenna And Her Big Fake Irish Life
Caitlin McKenna is the author of four novels, "My Big Fake Irish Life," "Manifesting Mr. Right," "Logging Off," and "Super Natalie." She is an accomplished chick lit genre writer, and just wrote her first dystopian science fiction novel, "Logging Off" after she had a vivid dream detailing a world dominated by technology. She is also a seasoned actress and based "My Big Fake Irish Life" after her experience as an American actress who completely changed her identity in order to book more acting roles. McKenna is also a voice over actress and casting director and splits her time between her writing and acting work.
How did you get started as a writer?
I was an actor with too much time on my hands, so I began writing screenplays. The idea of my first screenplay came from a vivid, detailed dream I had one night about a futuristic dystopian world. I got up and wrote down as much as I could remember and it ended up being 25 pages of notes. This became "Logging Off," which I adapted into a novel a few years later.
You also act, do you consider yourself more an actor or a writer?
I consider myself both an actor and a writer. I make my living as a voiceover actor working on films and television shows and when the work slows down, I write. If I had to choose though, I'd choose writing over my voiceover work.
Your book, "My Big Fake Irish Life," is based on your true story. How true to life is the book?
I'd say about 65 to 70 percent of the book is true. I kept a journal while I was Irish. A lot of the dialogue in the book was actually said and many of the situations that Meghan finds herself in actually happened to me. You'd think that some of the most outrageous events that occur in the book are fictitious but they are not. I actually taught a Northern Ireland guy how to speak Irish, and I've been accused of being in the IRA twice.
What made you decide to pass yourself off as a native of Ireland?
I took every acting class in town, I studied with every top-rated coach, I did everything I possibly could to stand out. But I was so unbelievably invisible, and I knew I had to change that fact. It got me to thinking that I needed to reinvent myself. With my pale complexion and my desire to change my hair color to red, I decided I'd be Irish. I packed up and went to Ireland for a month. I created a whole character. When I returned, I had a new name, new headshots, and new hair color. I started booking acting jobs very quickly.
How differently did people treat you as the Irish Caitlin?
The difference was night and day. When I was called in for an audition, everyone in the room loved to hear my accent. I'd watch their faces light up, and they seemed as if they were genuinely interested in me. I was completely invisible before I went Irish and then after I suddenly became the most interesting person in the room.
What do you feel the experience taught you?
It taught me that we all judge a book by its cover, and we treat people differently according to how we judge them. For me, I was treated far better Irish than American. This experience also helped me understand my industry better. In order to work as an actor, you have to categorize yourself. You have to know what "type" you can play. Pre-Irish, I only fit into the generic girl next door type. With the accent and the red hair, I was able to expand the types of characters I could play.
You've written it as a novel and a screenplay. The novel has been published. Are there any plans to make a film version?
I'd love for "My Big Fake Irish Life" to become a movie or a television series. One of my friends who is an independent producer is trying to see if she can make that happen.
Your work could be put under the umbrella of chick-lit, but you also have a science fiction book, "Logging Off," how did that book come about?
As I mentioned, the idea for "Logging Off" came from a dream I had, otherwise I might not have ventured into the science fiction genre. When I originally wrote it as a screenplay, I had trouble fitting the story into 120 script pages, so the screenplay became my outline to write the novel. I really enjoy writing in both the chick lit and science fiction genres.
Was your writing process for Logging Off different from that for your other books?
Yes. "Logging Off" is a more complicated story, so I needed to have an outline. With my chick lits, I begin with the one message I want to convey, and then I sit down, open myself up for ideas, and begin writing.
What is your most recent book?
"Super Natalie," and its message is embrace who you are. It's about a girl who can communicate with ghosts. She's hates her ability. She feels like a freak, but she learns how to control it. She realizes that she truly can help the living and the dead and that her ability isn't a curse but a true gift.
Are there any new projects you're currently working on?
I'll probably write a continuation of Natalie's journey. I'm thinking of making it into a series. I also need to squeeze in another science fiction. That's my plan. Unless I go to bed tonight and dream some amazing new story that I have to get out right away!
For more information on Caitlin McKenna and to read about her books and voice over work, please visit her website at http://CaitlinMcKenna.com.
The Gift of Light And Color: Sparkle and the Gift
Anyone who has ever tuned into the news can tell you that the world seems like a pretty dark place. Yet author and teacher Ayn Cates Sullivan is here to counteract that darkness, and remind you of your inner light. A prolific writer of spiritual and uplifting literature, Ayn's latest children's book, Sparkle and the Gift, is a heartening tale for "children of all ages." Ayn holds Masters degrees in spiritual psychology and a Masters and Doctorate in literature from Columbia University and King's College London. She integrated her higher education and her spiritual education in color and light healing to find a higher purpose - to remind us all of our authentic selves.
Sparkle and the Gift is a story within a story. Part one deals with a little girl named Sparkle, who reminds her mother Alice that we are beings made of light. In turn, Alice tells Sparkle the story of "Kachina's Gift." "I want kids of all ages to know that their light never goes out. When they close their eyes and remember the sun, they know that there is a beautiful light within them always."
Sparkle and the Gift has received a diverse range of positive reviews. The esteemed spiritual teacher Mirabai Devi, remarked, "Sparkle is a gift, not just to children, but to the child and spirit within each of us. She is our reminder to stay connected to our souls, our purpose, and to the divine light whose love and healing can be found in every aspect of life, down to the blessing of a flower."
Another more humorous reviewer likened Sparkle to "Carlos Castaneda for children without all the drugs." A testament to her age-appropriate yet mystically eloquent writing. Perhaps the most revealing and grievous review came from a thirteen year old girl whose mother had recently passed away. "This little girl's mother died suddenly, but she said that knowing that her mother is made up of light helped give her the strength to heal and move on."
Sparkle and the Gift is the first book in a series of five. Although it is the only children's book she has published, Ayn is no stranger to producing compelling spiritual literature. She is also coming out with a novel, a spiritual adventure story about a girl who has a vision and follows it. Through ten spiritual initiations she is able to resolve her inner conflicts, and restore herself to her full life. The novel is largely reflective of Ayn's struggle with depression in her twenties and the help she found on her journey with spiritual teachers. "The experiences of my own awakening out of life were difficult times in which I suffered a lot. Working with color, I was able to come to peace and live a much more prosperous and successful life with more intimacy, and a loving family."
Ayn is also working on a book of prayers inspired by Howard Wills, a healer who ordained her to be a practicing minister. She seeks to help end patterns that cause pain and suffering by making color essences that inspire and uplift people and writing inspiring books. Ayn works on an individual and group basis with her students, and currently lives with her husband near the Topa Topa Mountains in Ojai, California.
- Chris Caplan
Learn more at: www.SparkleAndTheGift.com
America's Human Wake Up Call
By: Donna Letterese
Oftentimes, when asked how they are doing, people will say they're "fine" when feeling far from it. Mike Jaffe realized that "fine was not enough" for his life or career. Since that revelation, it has been his calling to teach others to fulfill their potential without delay. "I don't want others to have to go through an external wakeup call before they're pushed to make those better choices," Jaffe states.
Up until Jaffe's own wake-up call, he felt as if he was "floating down the river," without clarity of who he was. Earning his MBA brought him opportunities, both in the corporate and the smaller
business spheres. Jaffe was excited to find work in a small Internet startup. Unfortunately, when the Internet bubble burst in 2001, that company subsequently lost its funding.
For Jaffe's financial stability, and for the sake of his wife and eight month-old daughter, he had to take a corporate marketing position. Yet, he realized he was unhappy with the lengthy commute from Connecticut to
lower-Manhattan, and the job itself. "September tenth was really my wake-up call," Jaffe elaborates. "It was a beautiful blue day - I had to go outside." He then made an inward promise to take steps to improve his circumstances. His first step would be to have breakfast with his family the next morning.
The morning of September eleventh, 2001, Jaffe did go into the office later. The possibility of getting in trouble at work paled in comparison to his need to spend time with his wife and daughter. When Jaffe boarded the commuter train, he was relieved to have taken some control with a seemingly small decision. Ultimately, that small decision saved his life. Had Jaffe gone to work on time, he would have been at his office in the World Trade Center when the first plane crashed. No one in his team survived, and he would have been among them. From then on, Jaffe realized the magnitude of the decision he had made - and the importance of taking one's destiny into one's own hands.
It would be an oversimplification to call Jaffe a "life coach" or a "business coach," although he has been introduced as both. Jaffe himself believes the important thing to be how his work can dramatically improve a person's life. Empowerment is a large part of the coaching, as well as "gentle fire:" positive pushes of strength and encouragement that people need to get going. He notes that too many people wait for a mythical moment of stability before doing anything, when today is the day to implement even the smallest change.
Jaffe spreads these teachings to a variety of forums, from individuals, to small businesses, to Fortune 500 companies. Helping individuals take that next step can vary from helping them make a career transition, to one on one life coaching. With smaller businesses, he helps push the company's passion and ideas towards leaders and managers. Then, they can bring those ideas to fruition, allowing an end to end impact within the company. To ensure corporations receive maximum value, Jaffe brings in a high-caliber team. Employing other coaches allows for education on a larger scale. "We each bring a unique perspective and skill-set into the work. Whether it's from myself or a coach colleague, I make sure the work is delivered at the level of excellence I demand," he states. Jaffe's bottom line is giving clients receive what they need, whether he is watching over the work, or doing the coaching himself.
Jaffe encourages patience to those who feel "stuck," as well as the courage to want change. "Life design and transformation is a process," he advises. "Allow yourself to cross that 'rickety bridge,' and transition from one thing to another." He urges people to want accountability for their lives, and their decisions. Things may feel like a storm as they're happening. Yet, it is often better to forge through a storm than to sit back and hope it abates, only to have years go by without any progress made. "Too many times we look only at the benefit of what seems safe," Jaffe muses. "But every choice has a benefit and a cost."
As to what is on Jaffe's horizon, his first book, "Wake Up! Your Life Is Calling" is planned to have an August release. He is also busy working on the creation of the online community "Wake Up Revolution." The site is to offer free sound bytes, tools, and other content. Users will be able to share their own stories of how "waking up" positively impacted their lives, while encouraging others to do the same. "In the next few years, I intend to create a lot more tools and aids to help people through feeling overwhelmed," Jaffe concludes. "I want to teach them how to be self reliant in getting through the storms."
For more information about Mike Jaffe and his work, please go to www.HumanWakeUpCall.com.
To contact him, please email wakeup@JaffeLifeDesign.com.
The King and Dr. Nick: What Really Happened to Elvis and Me
By George Nichopoulos with Rose Clayton Phillips
This book reveals the true story of Dr. George Nichopolous who was Elvis's personal physician for 10 years. The book outlines the joys and frustrations of working with high profile clients. It also addresses the subject of how being an advisor to a star often draws unwanted media attention and in this case, the inability to get a fair trial after the media frenzy. Celebrity scandals have coined the need for high paid celebrity lawyers and they are the only winners in these tragedies. "The King and Dr. Nick" is a must read for anyone thinking of getting into the entertainment field or who is currently working with the stars. It is a cautionary tale behind the myth of "the glamorous life." The book is now on sale at Borders, Davis-Kidd and Amazon.com.
Dr. Nichopoulos spent a decade with Elvis on the road and at Graceland, trying to maintain the precarious health of one of the world's greatest entertainers. But on August 16, 1977, he found himself in the ambulance with Elvis on that fateful last trip to the ER. He signed the death certificate.
From that day forward, Dr. Nick became the focus of a media witch hunt that threatened his life and all but destroyed his professional reputation.Now, for the first time, Dr. Nick reveals the true story behind Elvis's drug use and final days-not the version formed by years of tabloid journalism and gross speculation. Put aside what you've learned about Elvis's final days and get ready to understand for the first time the inner workings of "the king of rock n' roll.
TEARS OF STONE
In a deeply personal and honest memoir, Angeleno Estherleon Schwartz lays bare an ultimately jubilant life shadowed by the tragedy of the Holocaust and an emotionally destructive mother.
Using a unique literary style that interlaces journaling with original poetry, Tears of Stone and my Deal with God weaves the story of Estherleon's life journey, beginning with a harrowing escape from the Nazis in 1944 and immigration to America as a poor refugee in 1948, and ending with understanding, insight, and compassion.
Throughout, Estherleon has remembered her father's plea to God as he threw her over the barbed wire fence at the border into the arms of the Swiss Guard, "Save my daughter and she will always serve you." Estherleon's nakedly honest musings on deep-seated feelings of anger and abandonment, coupled with reflections on her faith and her love for the people in her life, make Tears of Stone a moving and exceptional read.
"This personal journey has taken me through many difficult stages in my life of 67 years, and I am happy I can say I have addressed so many necessary demons. In spite of everything and when all is said and done, with a brave heart I sang my way through it all."
Cantor Estherleon Schwartz
Estherleon has pledged one dollar for every book sale to Feed the Children, a non-profit relief organization that delivers food, water, medicine and hope to children worldwide.
Tears of Stone and my Deal with God is available at http://www.estherleon.com and http://www.amazon.com .
If you want to land a major publisher like Random House, it's virtually impossible to get a book deal on your own. You need an agent.
on agents because they receive too many unsolicited manuscripts from the public. When an agent submits your work to a publisher, it's considered
"pre-screened" and given far more serious consideration than when you submit it on your own. Agents get paid 15 percent of your book income, but
they help you get a better deal from your publisher. Plus they sell foreign rights, movie rights and book excerpts to magazines and newspapers.
How do you land an agent for a non-fiction book? You write a book proposal - a document that is a cross between a business plan and a synopsis
of your book. Here's what to include:
- First, create an overview, a one- to three-page mini version of your proposal.
- Next, talk about the audience for your book, showing specifically who is interested in your topic.
- Follow that with an analysis of competing books and how your's stands out from the pack.
- Next up is your bio, which shows why you're an expert on your topic, and your marketing plan.
Now it's time to explore your book idea. You have to prove your concept is worth a full-length book, as opposed to a magazine article - and show
that you know how to write. Start with your proposed table of contents, then add a detailed outline with half a page or more per chapter. Finally, add
about twenty pages of a chapter or two from your book.
That's your book proposal. (For a more detailed explanation and four examples of book proposals, refer to my book, Write a Book Without
Lifting a Finger.)
Add a cover letter, referred to as a "query letter," and send it with your proposal to agents who specialize in books with the same topic as yours.
You can download a free list of agents and their specialties at www.GetAnAgentNow.com.
Develop a strong enough book proposal and you could get paid an advance to write your book. It may seem like the odds are against you, but as literary
agent and author Peter Rubie says, "If you have a polished and well-written book idea, you're in competition, not with all the others who submit,
but with the five to 10 percent whose material cries out to be taken seriously by editors and agents."
- Mahesh Grossman
Former Bodyguard to the Stars Tino Struckmann - His New Book on Women's Personal Security
Tino Struckmann, a former bodyguard to the stars, who has recently done some starring roles of his own, authors his new book on stalking and women's personal security.
Already popular in Europe, the book serves as a guide with top of the line professional advice on how to deal with one's own safety and enhance personal security.
The book contains accounts from actual stalking victims as well as case studies from the author's own experiences. The book is a great resource for women living in an increasingly dangerous world.
Struckmann, an expert in the field of security, has been an advisory figure on TV and film projects. Most recently he has been seen on E!- Entertainment News, CNBC and CNN.
As an actor he has been a guest star on numerous television shows and has had notable roles in a myriad of feature films. He has also just produced and starred in his first feature film, Brothers War that will be released in the US on DVD this spring. (See FILM & VIDEO Section)
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Avoiding the Next Economic Depression:
Not a Stimulus, a Revolution
- Kellen Merrill
Our economy is now unarguably in a recession; the bail out for the banks, and now a proposed second stimulus package are clear evidence of how we are in need of some extreme help. Instead of enlarging the debt, which all of this assistance has done and will continue to do, Jonathon Brown has a solution that will permanently solve our problems: the V-Tax.
Like the guy with the bomb deactivation codes in an action movie, Brown believes he has the answer and is trying to get it to the right people to save us from the impending doom.
The V-Tax starts with understanding the economy as it really is; the economy is not only the GDP, to which most will point when regarding it. The key to Brown's plan is this fact: 80% of our economy is "Wall Street", 15% is business to business or industrial and only 5% is the GDP, or "Main Street." While Main Street is the smallest contributor, it pays 90% of taxes. The rest is from business to business. Wall Street pays $0 in taxes. That's right; zero taxes are collected from Wall Street.
Brown asks the obvious question: "why?" If Wall Street paid 1/5 of 1% or 1 penny out of every 5 dollars from its transactions, we could raise 1.6 trillion dollars in one year's time. That's ten times the amount of the second stimulus package.
What is included in this Wall Street definition? Basically, the exchange of stocks, bonds, currency, and the banking system; they are the 80% of our economy operating tax free. A concern you might have when considering taxing Wall Street is the effect it may have on interest rates. Brown estimates a maximum rise of 1% as a reaction to the V-Tax. The positives far outweigh the possibility of this relatively miniscule increase.
Remember, the V-Tax can provide a stimulus package 10 times larger than what is proposed right now. According to Brown, if we passed the V-Tax, taxing the velocity (movement of money) in Wall Street would eliminate the need for income tax for working Americans earning less than $50,000 a year. Those earning above this would still pay taxes, but on a much smaller scale than now.
Social Security could also be funded through the V-Tax. This would alleviate your paying and your employer's matching your payments into Social Security. Business in America would save money, while also enjoying the increased spending that would result from the V-Tax. If the average American did not have to pay federal taxes, Brown estimates half of the money would be invested and the other spent. It would revitalize the economy using our money saved, not more money borrowed by the government.
Why hasn't someone else brought this up? The reality of how our economy breaks down and where our taxes are coming from is generally misunderstood. Brown has put fifteen years of research into economics before solidifying his ideas.
To help illustrate the economy with Brown's favorite example: if you picture a building with a hundred floors making up our economic system, the first five floors would be Main Street, or the GDP, the next 15 floors would be the business to business or whole sale market; the remaining 80 floors are Wall Street.
The V-Tax is like taking a small drop out of a bucket. Wall Street is many buckets (80% of all of America's buckets) moving around, sharing water, and to date, untaxed. If we adopt the V-Tax, the benefits felt on Main Street would trickle up to Wall Street, benefiting everyone, and heal the economy for good.
Brown has written a book to get this plan for economic salvation to the powers that be. Originally meant to for publication, like Brown's first book, which had an untimely release of a week before nine eleven, his current work is available via download from his website: www.v4victorytax.com. Brown has made it available this way in an effort to get the word out to as many people and as quickly as he possibly can.
According to Brown, The V-Tax is the answer to our failing economy, and it doesn't require enlarging the already massive national-debt. It would eliminate income tax for 50% of working Americans, and fund Social Security. The V-Tax sounding too good to be true is an obstacle Brown has to overcome.
Jonathon Brown is the underdog protagonist trying to save the day in this action/suspense turned horror movie that is our economy. Only it's not a movie; it's real. Does he have the answer? Download Brown's book to see for yourself.
Find out more at: www.v4victorytax.com; help spark the revolution.
The Chic Mom's Guide To Feeling Fabulous
With the recent celebrity baby boom, it seems that everywhere one looks there are images of gorgeous actresses rebounding quickly and easily from their pregnancies. Nina Sutton, author of the new book, The Chic Mom's Guide To Feeling Fabulous: Easy tips for an Amazing Life After the Stork has Arrived and Beyond, stresses that rebounding from a pregnancy and adapting to becoming a new mom is much more difficult for average women who don't have an entourage to help them make such a major life transition appear effortless.
Nina, the mother of two young boys, wrote The Chic Mom's Guide in order to provide real women with helpful advice and time saving tips to adjust to new motherhood while still looking and feeling stylish and beautiful.
With 15 years of experience in the fashion and beauty industries, Nina Sutton has worked with companies such as Sebastian International and the Christal Corporation to create and launch beauty products and marketing campaigns. She also has experience in online marketing - working with companies such as Nestlé and ConAgra on their online promotions and coupons. Additionally, she is somewhat of an expert in the world of samples sales, after launching a series of designer sample sales in the Los Angeles area.
After giving birth to her first child, this busy career woman suddenly found herself with new challenges, and less time to devote to personal style. In an effort to create a community of new mothers like herself, Nina started a "Mommy and me" class with women from the Hermosa Beach, CA area. In the class, she found that some of the mothers were not only more stylish, but also seemed happier than others. Curious to know their secrets, Nina engaged these mothers in a series of discussions that helped inspire her book.
In The Chic Mom's Guide, Nina stresses the importance of assembling a team of experts, much in the same way that celebrity moms do. Therefore, every chapter in her book features an interview with an expert in a different field. These chapters reflect different aspects of a woman's life such as beauty, fashion, fitness, cooking, relationships (with one's child and one's spouse), and finances.
In addition to writing The Chic Mom's Guide, Nina is also the founder of the website www.dealsfordivas.com. She launched the site in September 2006 after giving birth to her first child, in order to provide deals and discounts to women on beauty, fashion and lifestyle products. The site also features Nina's weekly blog, which includes information about sample sales around the country as well as online.
Nina asserts that the time saving tips in her book can be useful for almost anyone, including moms with older children or busy professional women without children. According to Nina, her goal in writing The Chic Mom's Guide was to empower women from all walks of life "to feel fabulous."
The Chic Mom's Guide is available on www.Amazon.com and www.iuniverse.com/bookstore .
- Sarah Kelly
THE PRIEST AND THE NAZI
By John LeConte
Interview by Kelly Boler
Photo courtesy of David Roberson
The relationship between the Catholic Church and the Nazi Party during World War II and its aftermath is a complex and sometimes disturbing one. In the new book The Priest and the Nazi, author John LeConte uses fiction to investigate one of the murkier aspects of this relationship, as well as the unlikely nature of redemption, in the story of a Bavarian priest and a Nazi officer who make a deal for the Nazi's passage to South America, and his soul. In an interview, LeConte talks about his challenging subject.
In your story, the priest collaborates, but not all priests in the Catholic church did so, in fact, were cruelly persecuted for their opposition to the Nazis, and many also aided Jews in hiding.
Yes, individual Catholics saved many and should indeed be praised for that. But many didn't, and many of the powerful bishops and cardinals of the church in the thirties and forties did not protest. And yes the pope did do some good things behind the scenes, but the pope set the tone: he did not want the church to be destroyed as it surely would have been if they did speak out. The Church did not speak out publicly in a campaign of protest, the institution was not out front acting as a counter moral force against Hitler. They knew, as did all in Europe that Hitler was not bluffing, he would destroy the Church. They were afraid, like all men would be. But that is what courage is about, acting in the face of danger.
You have created an allegory about good and evil, yet your priest is hardly wholly good, and the Nazi soldier hungers for redemption. Why the ambiguity?
No one is entirely good or evil. The priest is human. The Nazi is human. One of the things we have done with both Hitler and with Christ is that, based on their deeds, we have assigned them an inhuman status. Hitler was a human being and that's the thing that is the most scary about him. He was a human being who did unbelievable things that can never be adequately explained, much less justified in any way. Christ was a human being who did good things that we all should emulate, so we are all capable of doing those good things as well. What I was trying to do with the priest was not to make him a pristine good guy but to show his fallibility even though he was connected with the church. The Nazi was not to be the all encompassing bad guy. He was human and did evil, but he had human qualities as well. In the end they each reverted to their essential souls.
Who are your favorite philosophers and why?
One I like is Eric Hoffer, the working man's philosopher of the 1950s. He theorizes on the heart and soul of the working man and woman and the challenges they encounter when faced with powerful forces that they can't control. Shakespeare is a philosopher to me. His insight into the human condition is astounding and he told it in most beautiful and dramatic ways.
- Kelly Boler
CHIC LIT'S RELATIONSHOP GURU
By Emily Jebson
Who hasn't had a tough breakup? We all have. We also all know they're not so easy to get over. So how do you recover? According to author and relationship expert Alison James, with humor. Alison's breakup survival guide "I Used to Miss Him...But My Aim is Improving," helps women laugh through this often-devastating experience. Her book does everything from outlining early warning signs that the relationship may be in trouble to advising ways to channel anger into positive outlets.
Alison guides women through their painful post breakup up days by embracing the joys of shopping and makeup and helps women reenter single life with the confidence of lessons learned. Her humor and honesty show the bright side of the breakup experience by helping women laugh in even their most desperate moments. Most importantly, "I Used to Miss Him...But My Aim is Improving" helps women gain and retain their post-breakup self-respect.
Alison has been featured in Maxim, Complete Woman, Woman's Own, Daily Mirror (UK), Ladies Home Journal Online, as well as on 120 radio shows. She is a graduate from Princeton and The London School of Economics. She uses her unique and practical outlook to mentor young women on life and love.
Her next book, The 10 Women You'll Be Before You're Thirty, which is due out in late Spring, explores the different phases a woman goes through in young adulthood. The book addresses all the persona's women take on in order to please family, friends, and society. It encourages women to laugh at their various personalities, while helping them rejoice in and embrace their true unique selves.
For more information: visit www.10women.com
Spin to Win: The Essential P.R. Guide For Business & Career Success
by Anthony Mora
Spin to Win puts the power of the information age in your hands. Using the techniques outlined in the book, you'll no longer simply watch the news - you'll be the news!
Spin to Win gives you insider media tips to successfully utilize the most powerful form of marketing available. How can you place your story in the local and national media? What do editors and producers look for? How do you effectively pitch stories to the media? Spin to Win answers those questions and more.
Featuring interviews with top journalists from such media as USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The BBC, Entrepreneur, The View, Readers Digest, and Self, Spin to Win teaches you the insider secrets of how to place yourself, your business, or your product in top national and regional media. Whether you're a business owner, physician, attorney, artist, entertainer, entrepreneur, or author, only media relations can reach your target market and offer you and your business credibility, authenticity, prominence, influence, and results.
Spin to Win is a step-by-step guide on how to define goals and utilize the power of the media to achieve success in any field. Practical and user-friendly, Spin to Win can be utilized by heads of major corporations, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists.
A former journalist and magazine editor, Anthony Mora is the President and CEO of Anthony Mora Communications, Inc. As a media and public relations expert, Anthony has been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, as well as on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, and other media. Spin to Win is his third book.
Hawk Publishing ($15.95)
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THE PERFECT PITCH
How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood
by Ken Boccop
as told to James K. Shea
This is an important book for anyone who has a script or business project you want to sell to the people with money. It will teach you:
- How to pitch your story in two minutes or less
- How to connect to Hollywood's top mover and shakers
- How to think and react "on your feet" during a sales pitch
- How to communicate through a memorable and passionate pitch that will make you and your story a winner
Michael Weise Productions $16.95
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THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
By Devra Z. Hill, Ph.D.
This is a different kind of health book! It's about new supplements but also about the physical and emotional aspects of good health.
Devra's motto is: "Lighten Up, Cut the Drama, and Enjoy the Visit."
- Read how to survive the 21st Century's insanities
- Learn the latest health info and...
- How to look younger and feel great!
This is a must read for everyone...no matter how old you are!
(LULUZ Publications, 168 pages, $18.95)
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