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aofjfont2 500750“Finding the courage to face the pain of the past in order to have a future.”

  • Title: The Agony of Joy
  • By: Red Haircrow
  • Published: February 17, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781301334520
  • Length: 350 pages
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction, GLBTIIQ Interest
  • Coupon Code REW50

“For many survivors of child sex abuse, there is a lifelong battle for understanding and acceptance, not only from others, but also from themselves. From London to Berlin, to the frozen seas of far east Russia, this is an unforgettable journey of rebirth, revelation and redemption as two men struggle to overcome their separate past agonies and allow themselves to experience friendship and love.”

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A Rainbow Award 2012 Winner In Category BEST LGBT Biography/Memoir

Description: An imaginative collection of memories and observations written from the perspective of a young man who was orphaned early, who was gay, deaf and Russian. He was simple and complex, light-hearted and serious, whimsical and infinitely strong, and when he loved, he loved with all his heart and soul.

A former sex worker and later a husband, he was an amateur activist and philosopher, a startlingly intelligent, passionate individual able to intensely appreciate even the small wonders of the world and the people for whom he cared.

Part diary, part dialogue, and part rhetoric, “Silence Is Multi-colored in My World” is based on actual experiences. It is a literary portrait of a man with nothing to hide and everything to reveal. It is a slice into the willing veins of a mental and emotional free bleeder. Winner in Rainbow Awards 2012 category: best biography/memoir.

“When all you ever wished for is the last thing you ever wanted….”

Description: “Cierrai is running away from a past that’s still breathing down his neck. Jack has no past, his memory wiped in the accident that killed his parents. They meet and their lives move forward like stones skimming the surface of the water, dipping into memories that want to surface and those that want to lie buried forever.

Together, they struggle to come to terms with what happened in the past and where they want to go in the future, but can Jack cope with a man who likes to dress in leather mini-skirts and silk kimonos? Can Cierrai trust Jack with the secrets of his past; secrets he can’t escape, secrets that are snapping at his heels?

When those secrets catch up, forcing Cierrai back to the life he’d left, a life that was slowly draining his life away, he and Jack’s love is both threatened and tested by forces from without and within.”

Description: “Troubled residents come and go at the Care House where River Caulfield is a caregiver, working towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a nurse. When Silver arrives, a patient found on a roadside near death after suffering terrible abuse, River finds his previous personal detachment is compromised. Seeking to help the mysterious and enigmatic young man locked inside his own mind and memories, River finds his professionalism slipping as Silver begins to open up and live again.

But as their relationship begins to blossom, the roots of Silver’s past abuse and the abuser who forced him into such a mental state sends forth new shoots of darkness enveloping them in dangers threatening not only Silver’s sanity, but their very lives. With River’s devotion and help, will Silver finally be able to break away from his past? The answer lies in the words of a priest, a painting and a long walk through a churchyard harbouring the secrets of the enigma that is Silver.”

Description: “River had always known that living with a freed sex slave, even one as sweet as Silver, was never going to be easy. It gets a lot harder when his parents are killed leaving him to care for his young brother. When Social Services get involved he has a choice to make. Unfortunately, he makes a choice that leaves the relationship in jeopardy as much as the master who returns to claim his former pet.”

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Interview with Angella Graff, Author of “Moments Collide”

About the Author

 

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

I normally write either historical fiction with theological backgrounds, Urban Fantasy, or contemporary literature.  I have a degree in Theology, though I’m not a religious person, I am a historian and a theology fanatic, so I like to fictionalize different theological theories, and different historical events.  I find a lot of characters in religious mythos interesting and fun to explore.  Urban Fantasy has so many avenues that you can take with it, and it’s a nice break from the traditional fantasy universes from time to time.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I knew I wanted to be a writer from a very young age.  In fact, as soon as I was old enough to start creating fictional stories, I was.  I think I wrote my first story when I was about seven or eight, and it just grew from there.  When I was a teen, I spent more time scribbling away at the piles of notebooks I had in my bedroom than I did hanging out with friends.  I remember spending hours sitting under my loft bed in my makeshift writing space, blasting old sixties folk music and just writing page after page of vampire stories.

Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

I take inspiration from almost everything.  Things I experience in life, stories from others, books I’ve read, places I’ve visited.  I’ve found the best way to make a story realistic and readable is to write what you know.  If I’m interested in a subject that I don’t know a lot about, I will spend months researching before I start writing about it.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m a mom, so I do a lot of mom stuff.  A lot of scout meetings with my son and daughters, and art classes, as all three of my kids are aspiring artists.  We do roller skating on the weekends, whenever we get the chance.  I live in the desert so the season for hiking isn’t long, but we try and get out as much as we can.  I’m an amateur gardener, getting into it this year and having a great time.  I landscaped my entire backyard all through the spring and I’m finally seeing the delicious, green results from all of my hard work.

Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?

I use a lot of social media to market myself, and I also have a blog of my rants and raves… mostly rants, haha.

https://www.facebook.com/AngellaGraffAuthor

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6541966.Angella_Graff

https://twitter.com/AngellaGraff

http://www.blogger.com/profile/09088711902540376573

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Currently I’m reading my favorite theology writer, Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas.

Do you remember the first novel you read?

I wish I did, but I was reading at a really advanced level really young.  I remember, though, that my best friend and I were reading The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell on a repeat basis.  My first adult novel was Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice.  My mom was reading the series and she told me I wasn’t allowed to read it, so I snuck in her room when she was done with it and devoured the first three books.  Once she realized I’d done it, she let me have the rest, but she wasn’t happy about it.

What would you like readers to know about you the individual?

I’m a pretty simple person.  I’m happy, I enjoy being a wife and a mother.  I’m super nerdy, obsessed with Doctor Who and BBC Sherlock, and nearly any and everything Joss Whedon has done.  I work in a restaurant, Saffron Indian Bistro, which feeds my constant craving for all things curry, and other than that, I’m a writer.

Who are your favorite authors and why?

The first mention goes to Anne Rice, though honestly I’m mainly a huge fan of her early works.  Ramses the Damned was probably my favorite book of all time, and I re-read it any chance I get.  I’m a big fan of Jim Butcher as a writer.  The way he handles himself with his fans, dealing with his notoriety, I really respect that and hope to conduct myself similarly should I ever gain that kind of fanbase… though I’m not holding my breath haha.  Elaine Pagels is my favorite theology writer.  Her research and unbiased way of providing the information really inspires me on my journey as I study the very wide world of theology.

Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

Probably that I don’t really read a lot of fiction at all, though it’s almost the only thing I write.  I find myself drawn to non-fiction history and theology books, and my list of books I want to read is so long I’ll probably never get through it all.

Where are you from originally?  Family?

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.  I’ve traveled a lot, Mexico, Canada and Europe, and a few states through the US here and there.  My mother was born in Arizona, my dad was born in Paris, France, though he lives in AZ and honestly I have family so spread through the globe that were a veritable melting-pot of cultures!

Is there anything unique about your upbringing that you’d like to share with readers?

I spent a lot of my childhood with my dad’s mom, who is French, so I was brought up with a lot of the French culture, which is really a lot different from American culture.  They don’t give out a lot of compliments, and they’re really brutally honest, so as I grew up, I had to learn that there were moments when my brutal honest just wasn’t appropriate, though I still have a hard time not telling it like it is!

Your Writing Process

 

Why do you write?

I write because it’s probably the one thing I do just for myself that I enjoy most.  I like gardening, I like doing yoga, and getting pedicures, and reading books, but I love writing.

What excites you about writing?

Creating a new world, new people, falling in love with brand new characters.  It’s all so exciting, and sharing that with the world… there’s no better feeling.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

My schedule is always hectic.  Between kid events, scout meetings, my husband’s job and my own, I have to squeeze writing in where I can.  When I’m working on the meat of a book, I usually take time off of work to get a lot done.  I usually give myself page goals, and make sure I take frequent breaks between pages so I don’t lose focus.

What would you consider is your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, the middle or the ending?

The middle, for sure, and the ending isn’t so bad for me.  I love the middle because it’s the heart of the story, and it’s really getting to know who the characters are as people.  I just love that!

Is there any other genre you have considered writing in?

I would eventually like to write a memoir, or two, and possibly co-author with a couple of friends of mine.  I think we could come up with something quite hilarious and definitely relatable.

Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing? 

Music is very distracting, unless it’s something classical and quiet.  The words of lyrics tend to influence what I’m writing, and not always in a good way.  I want my characters to come from my mind, and speak for themselves, and as much as I love music, which I do, I try to keep that separate from when I write.

Most people envision an author’s life as being really glamorous. What’s the most unglamorous thing that you’ve done in the past week?

I’m not sure where people get that idea!  Haha!  The most unglamourous thing I think I’ve done this past week is standing in a hot restaurant kitchen covered in boiling hot korma sauce.  Some day I might have the gorgeous outside gazebo with the writing desk and hammock where I can create my fictional worlds, but for now it’s all carpools and playdates and grocery shopping, and cleaning up messes, and when there’s time, writing pages.

Do you track work count or write a certain number of hours per day?

I usually have a page goal that I try and meet.  This week my page goal is 80 pages, and so far I’m about half-way there.  I have a deadline that I set to have the book ready for the beta-readers, which is my step before re-writes and editing.  I try and write at least two to three hours per day if I work, and more if I don’t.

What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?

I would have to say holding my paperback copy of my first book in my hands.  The UPS truck delivered it, and I remember opening the box and just sort of staring down at the cover thinking, “Wow.  I wrote this.”  I put the picture on Instagram and then on Facebook and twitter, and in fact, I’m still excited about it!

Your Books

 

Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

Absolutely terrified, and desperate for response.  The worst thing a writer can get is silence.  I’m never going to think my writing is perfect, but sometimes I don’t realize there are areas I need to improve on until someone points them out to me.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?

The end of November will be the birth of my series, The Judas Curse.  It’s a theological inspired Urban Fantasy delving into the world of all theologies, from Greek, to Hindi, to Buddhism (though that’s a philosophy), to the legends of the Norse gods, and of course Christianity.  The books draw from old Gnostic gospels like the Gospel of Judas, and from old legends from the ancient worlds.  It’s all in modern day, however, and I think the readers who like that sort of genre will be really excited to read it!

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

Because I have so much going on in my personal life, deadlines really help.  They give me a focus and goal, so being able to keep a date in mind keeps me on track.

 

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I know a ton of writers who live on outlines, but for me, they’re distracting.  I like my books to unfold organically, and for that to happen, I stick to the central theme I have in my head, but try and make sure nothing is predetermined.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My first published work is Moments Collide, and it became available for the public on September 24th, 2012, which was also the day my sister gave birth to my newest nephew, so it was a really, really good day!

Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?

My husband took me to one of our favorite fondue restaurants, and when he told the server about my book, she brought us a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and one of the chefs had written Congrats in chocolate on the plate.  I hope to make that a tradition!  It was delicious, too, by the way!

Your Characters

 

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

All of my characters have personality traits based on people I know.  To say that I created people out of nowhere would be arrogant of me, and rather untrue.  I believe all writers draw from the things we know and experience.  That’s not to say that they don’t develop, over time, a life and personality of their own, but they always start from something I learned from someone else in my past.

Is it hard coming up with names for your characters?

It can be.  I have a list of favorite names, but I tend to exhaust that list quite quickly and coming up with new names for characters for new stories gets difficult.  Last names are probably the worst for me!

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

I think my Urban Fantasy series would be a great movie, but if Moments Collide ever made it to the big screen, I’d love to see Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston play Felix LaPage.  For the character Rayne, I always kind of pictured Felicia Day, not because she’s crazy, but because I think she’d be good at playing it!  The true love interest was the hardest, but my husband and I eventually came up with Jenna-Louise Coleman, who consequently plays the new companion on Doctor Who, and she’s gorgeous!

 

Do you make a conscious decision to write a certain type of character with a certain occupation, or do the characters decide for themselves what they want to be?

Yes I do.  In my new story, one of the main characters, Ben Standford, is a detective, and I made that decision based on the person I wanted him to be.  I try and make it fit as much as I can.

Is there a character from one of your books that resonates deeply with you?

Probably Felix, from Moments Collide.  I know people who went through similar situations, I, myself being one of them, so it’s easy to sympathize with the character and definitely easy to feel the pain as you read through his journey.

Random Questions

 

Name one website you visit every single day.

Tumblr, for my geeky Doctor Who/Sherlock/Avengers fix.

Where do you get your daily dose of news?

Haha, from the news app on my husband’s phone, because the news app on mine is total crap.  And secondly from the people on my personal Facebook who are constantly posting articles saying, What the heck is going on, world?!

Author Profile

Angella Graff was born and raised in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. She married and became a mother very young, and after getting started with her family, began her University studies where she found her passion for creative writing, history and theology.

She now resides in Tucson with her husband Joshua, three children, Christian, Isabella and Adia, and their three cats, Archive (Ivy), Lasciel and Fix. She prefers to spend her days writing, gardening, and reading non-fiction theology theory books. Angella is also an avid, if not fanatic fan of Doctor Who and BBC Sherlock, which tend to dominate her dry, sarcastic humor, a lot of which is apparent in her writing.

Currently Angella is working on an Urban Fantasy series called The Judas Curse, involving extensive research into Mythos, Christianity and history. The first book of The Judas Curse, The Awakening, is due out November 2012.

Places to find Angella Graff’s “Moments Collide”: Amazon and Createspace.

Description: “There are no beginnings or endings, just a series of moments colliding.” Felix LaPage was a rising classical music star, but his personal life was full of pain and heartache. It wasn’t until he met a woman who changed his views on life and love that he truly understood the meaning of those words.

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New Release: Percevale-I. The Ghosts of Time by Anne de Gandt- Currently Free!

Another intriguing tale by French author Anne de Gandt, whom I was privileged to interview, and whose other works V.I.T.R.I.O.L and Decades I’ve previously reviewed here on Flying With Red Haircrow.

Now, her work The Ghosts of Time is free at Smashwords for a limited time. Translated from French to English, the description for this short work of literary fiction written for older children or young adults can also be enjoyable to discerning adults.

Description: “Kings, Queens and Witches in sleeping castles can be full of surprises! An old name, some mysterious dreams… The heroine, helped by her friends Roiteleau & Croquignol, tries to find a hidden piece of her past. But sometimes the borderline between dream and reality is thin ….”

Take the opportunity to discover of an author you may not have read or even heard of, but who creates stories full of rich imagery made even more vivid by the exotic European flair and use of English in ways that continue to surprise and delight.

  • Published: June 10, 2012
  • Words: 13595 (approximate)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781476017853

About the Author:

Writer-photographer, Anne de Gandt creates worlds which mingle past and present, dream and reality. She invites you to journey across time, space, memory, identity and hope.

Écrivain-photographe, Anne de Gandt crée des univers où se mêlent passé et présent, rêve et réalité. Son travail est une invitation aux voyages, à travers le temps, l’espace, la mémoire, l’identité et l’espoir.

Anne’s website: http://www.annedegandt.com/

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Decades by Anne de Gandt

Review: “I seek a woman, the woman of my desires. Who won’t be scared by loyalty and truth, nor turn away from the darkness of a soiled past.”–Decades by Anne de Gandt.

As I’ve experienced before, reading Anne de Gandt’s work, much is spoken, revealed and expressed in a dense, yet poetic way that left me as disquieted and thoughtful as the characters who share their emotions. There are times the narrative reads as literal, contemporary while at others it seems a dream, fantasy, and surreal, yet most of the time it is a mixture of all those things so that you wonder what is real and what imagined?

Elements of loneliness, pleasures that are simple and others complex, the desire for love and acceptance even after the knowledge and belief that one is soiled with past ugliness and indiscretion, the vulnerability that love inherently presents in us. Remembering this was a translated to English story from the author’s native French, reminds me of the different way people use a language, and is important for all readers to expect and understand. A native English speaker might have written the story differently, used other words in descriptions and ideas, but then it wouldn’t have the unique style that is Anne de Gandt.

I did find the paragraph structure a little problematic however; as many are extremely long and with the subject matter and imagery. I felt simplifying them would have been more effective, but wording and phrases were so often undeniably beautiful, “I don’t want to lose you. I want the disorder of happy horses to spread its euphoria through the infinite lips of joy, the bridges to keep swaying in the light, the sun to extend its rays of glory on our mingled skins.”

Lyrical, exotic, full of imagery that intrigues, Decades still conveys the dark poignancy of attraction, failure and fulfillment. ” Decades is currently free at Smashwords.

Description: “After the chaos of pain, the love desire, its expectations, its exaltations or disappointments. A love story of two women that will change their lives and give an unsuspected strength to each of them. Originally written in French, now translated to English.”

  • Publisher: Anne de Gandt
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2012
  • Available: Smashwords
  • Source: Self-procured

About the Author:

Writer-photographer, Anne de Gandt creates worlds which mingle past and present, dream and reality. She invites you to journey across time, space, memory, identity and hope.

Écrivain-photographe, Anne de Gandt crée des univers où se mêlent passé et présent, rêve et réalité. Son travail est une invitation aux voyages, à travers le temps, l’espace, la mémoire, l’identité et l’espoir.

My interview with Anne de Gandt. Anne’s website http://www.annedegandt.com/index.html. My review of her book, V.I.T.R.I.O.L.

 

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Released May 10, 2012: “Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World” Edited by Red Haircrow

From Flying With Red Haircrow:

Description: “This is an imaginative collection of memories and observations written from the perspective of a young man who was orphaned early, who was gay, deaf and Russian. He was simple and complex, light-hearted and serious, whimsical and infinitely strong, and when he loved, he loved with all his heart and soul.

A former sex worker and later a husband, he was an amateur activist and philosopher, a startlingly intelligent, passionate individual able to intensely appreciate even the small wonders of the world and the people for whom he cared.

Part diary, part dialogue, part rhetoric, “Silence Is Multi-colored in My World” is based on actual experiences and is a literary portrait of a man with nothing to hide and everything to reveal. It is a slice into the willing veins of a mental and emotional free bleeder.”

Genre: Creative non-fiction, GLBTIIQ

Published: May 10, 2012

Publisher: Flying With Red Haircrow

ISBN: 9781476164861

Available: Smashwords, OmniLit and other online distributors

Introduction:

“Who am I?

I am G.Y.S., a profoundly deaf man. I have blue eyes and red hair, which I wear long. I am gay and Russian, and was born in 1978 in the Ukraine, but I moved myself to Germany when I was fourteen. You’ll learn how and why later.

My words are a mélange of impressions, memories and observations for I love many things and am distressed by many things. I have wandered to a number of countries and enjoy meeting people and getting to know new ideas and perspectives. I find the world both a fascinating and terrible place.

Photography, Nature, Overcoming Disabilities, Inter-societal Understanding, and Love are some of the topics that interest, concern and keep my attention. In writing about me I wish I could have said something clever, unique or witty, but this is simply me: sometimes I’m silly, sometimes I’m angry, sometimes you may find me annoying or overly sad but I’m always honest and sincere.”

Flash bits about me? I once blew up a vacuum cleaner (not on purpose!). I prefer to sleep during the day but I’m not a vampire. Sometimes I hate being bothered to eat because chewing is usually necessary but can be so very boring.

Other works from Flying With Red Haircrow:

Night Shift

Katrdeshtr’s Redemption

The House of Doom, Dreams and Desire

The Coat: Secrets of a Hatcheck Boy

The Angel of Berlin

Enigma,Enigma Book 1 by Nephylim

Fighting The Man, Enigma Book 2 by Nephylim

Non-fiction:

Songs of the Universal Vagabond

CORE: A Poetry Collection (Coming 6 June!)

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