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Every issue, IN presents INside Authors, a look at authors from around the world who have significantly caught our attention and deserve a little space and recognition. The following two authors are this month's choices, based on the heat arising from their corners. Our hope is to provide a glimpse, a snapshot, an overview of some of the finest writers of our time making waves both tidal and ripple.
Background INfo: I’m an Englishman, born in 1937. Lived here all my life. Travelled Europe. Various work in public sector-water authority, etc. I turned to writing as a form of expression after years of reflection on the significance of my life. In subsequent years, several inward, spiritual experiences, I found, were the most vivid and indelible experiences of all. Thus I turned to poetry. I studied the work of 20th century sage/seer/philosophers, such as Ramana Maharshi, Alan Watts, J.D. Krishnamurti, Ken Wilber and others, only to see the whole non-duality movement of the east as highly relevant to the world, both east and west, and certainly to my writing. The great master T.S. Eliot was certainly versed in eastern sage paradigms and teachings — one has only to read his Four Quartets. There are the great eastern poets that speak with the non-dual voice but seldom in western English prosody, and few western poets use a dualistic language to express the non-dual vision. The more I felt compelled to try in verse, that takes it's rise from the common place, to point to something beyond itself. At my age, I enjoy nature and the causal spirit implicit within it, and also my dear wife Sarah and our little dog.
Internet presence: In today's world, internet presence is a great help. My own pages at http://www.zalivanda.com/id3.html I use to provide information about my work, so that potential readers may get a taste. They may also read the forward and blurb to one of my books. The site will also take the visitor to the point of purchasing through several outlets, to my publisher in particular which can be a demographic advantage for some. Amazon U.K., U.S. and EU, Barnes & Noble and even Tesco. I understand Amazon U.K. seems to have a reduction for some reason. Sites such as The Freelance Writing Organization International and IN provide great resources for writers. We have a whole world to access, which most decidedly was not the case in the past. It's potential is in theory enormously good, but alas, there is a lot to be avoided.
The Future: My life, to some extent, is now determined by that old inevitability called age. But I, more often than not can feel another poem coming on. Some thing in nature might be analogous to a metaphysical understanding. Usually it’s something quite simple. In my case its largely a question of, "If the bus comes jump on it." The moment has become a bit of a cliché but it has all the potential that one needs. Or to put it another way-everything comes from nothing-no-thing existentially speaking.
Mystic Seed: Echoes Of The Sages, ISBN 141201882 (paper)
Towards Atman: Amazon, ISBN 1846851955 (cloth)
Background INfo: I'm 24 years old, and I currently live in Liberty, New York, where I was born and raised. I just moved back after having spent the last six years of my life in eastern Washington. I became a professional writer at the age of 18 when I had two children's stories published in an online magazine. I also spent a year writing a trivia column for a newspaper, which was considered for national syndication. My career as a writer has been a love-hate relationship at times, where I absolutely despised what I was doing, and was incredibly frustrated at lack of progress, but ultimately the desire to write was too strong and too deeply embedded in my make-up to just throw in the towel and do it as a hobby. I'm really only recently discovering just how important it is to me that I pursue a career as a writer. I don't think I could do anything else and be truly happy with it.
INfluences: As far as authors go, I would have to say my favorite is Nora Roberts. When one of the first reviews of the novel I just finished said I wrote in a similar style, I wasn't surprised (extremely flattered, but not surprised) because I read more of her work than anyone else. Other favorite authors include Catherine Coulter, Terry Goodkind, and Stephen King. Stephen Kings book On Writing has helped me immensely on more than one occasion when I was stuck and just looking for a way to distract my mind while still keeping that writing vibe. Personally, I'd have to say there were three people (outside of family who are always a big influence) who were the biggest parts of my writing. Laura Josselyn; when just starting out it was her I turned to most for technical assistance and critique. Nancy Edwards, whose love and support allowed me to move forward even when all I wanted to do, was give in. And Miranda Carroll, who I have always been able to turn to for help both in the technical realm, and the emotional realm, which is more of an asset than I could ever say. The same goes for pretty much anyone who has ever influenced or encouraged me. I have been blessed with a large network of family and friends.
Internet Presence: As of now, my only Internet presence is my books for sale page at LuLu.com, but I do intend to launch a website devoted to the book and myself in the near future. I think the Internet is a must- have marketing tool for almost any writer because it just opens up so many opportunities and connections that you wouldn't receive otherwise.
The Future: Right now I have a children's book in the works (working title is Green Mouse & Jelly) as well as the sequel to my currently published adult romance/erotica novel Dream Of Reality. I enjoy the challenge of writing in two genres that are on opposite ends of the spectrum, and think I am suited to do both. I also plan on attending college in the fall to further my education in the creative writing field.
Bibliography (all dates 2001)
Princess Becca And Her Royal Vegetables, Wee Ones Magazine
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