What is your latest release and what genre is it? Echo from Mount Royal, a romance novel
Quick description: Montreal, 1951. Rebecca, an 18-year-old girl from a working class, Catholic-Jewish family falls in love. Her courtship with a handsome man from Westmount fulfills her romantic dreams and his wealth introduces her to a world of upper-class privilege. But class, religion, sexual secrets and family conflict test their love. And then, a late-night telephone call changes her life forever.
I grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts. I attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, majoring in English literature. During my junior year, I studied at Oxford University and travelled in Europe.
After graduating in 1968, I enlisted in the Air Force, avoiding my draft board’s kind invitation to join the army and travel to Vietnam. I married Susan, my high school girlfriend, during leave.
Discharged from the military in 1972, I became a computer programmer. I began writing short stories and a novel, but wasn’t disciplined enough to write much over the next 25 years.
After 35 years in information technology, I retired in the spring of 2012. I had a long talk with myself, “If you want to publish a book, you’d better take writing seriously.” I published a novel, Echo from Mount Royal, in January 2015.
My wife and I live north of Boston. We have a son and daughter and four grandchildren.
What are you working on now?
My next project?
Authors are superstitious about discussing their next project. They may discover after six months of writing that the novel or memoir isn’t working and abandon it. Inevitably, the writer often underestimates the time required to finish the work (I needed an extra year for my novel), then feels compelled to justify why the book is taking so long to complete. These discussions can be depressing.
Nevertheless, I often ignore my own advice. My next book is about the last years in the lives of the main character’s parents when he faces the fact that they will not be with him much longer. Watching them fail both physically and mentally causes him to confront his own mortality. The novel will explore how memories change over time to reveal one’s parents in a different light. Of course, there will be juicy family secrets. I hope to show how memories both deceive us and encourage us to reexamine our lives.
And, no, I do not know when it will be finished.
Dave’s reading recommendation:
I’m partial to Irish authors. Recently, I enjoyed the novel Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.