Friday, December 16, 2016

Straight from the Mouth of Jane Jordan, Author of 'The Beekeeper's Daughter'

Jane was born in England, and grew up exploring the history and culture of London and surrounding counties.  After some time spent in Germany in the 1990’s she immigrated to Detroit, USA, eventually settling in South West Florida. She returned to England after a fifteen-year absence, to spend six years in the South West of England living on Exmoor.  Here, inspired by the atmosphere, beautiful scenery and the ancient history of the place, she began writing.

Jane is a trained horticulturist, and also spent time working and volunteering for Britain's National Trust at Exmoor's 1000-year-old Dunster Castle.  Gaining more insight into the history and mysteries surrounding these ancient places, and having always been intrigued by the supernatural, inspiration came for her fourth novel, The Beekeeper's Daughter, a supernatural thriller. 

Jane Returned to Florida in 2013, and lives in Sarasota.


Questionnaire:

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

J.J.: Because I had a story that just had to be told. If I had not written it down it would have gone around and around my mind, and drove me completely insane.

That was in 2004 and once I started to write, I was hooked. That first story started out as a stand- alone book, but it grew into a trilogy. Since then, I have completed my current novel, The Beekeeper’s Daughter, and I am well on my way to finishing my fifth book.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?

J.J.: The perks of being a writer is you are not bound by a nine to five regime.  I write when I can, and I try to write most afternoons, but that is not always possible. Some of my best writing has come in the middle of the night, when an idea comes to me and the house is quiet and there are no interruptions.

Seeing all your hard work come to fruition, when you finally get a copy of your book in print is an amazing feeling of satisfaction.  I have had readers take the time to write to me and tell me how much they enjoyed my novel, and that makes the whole process, no matter how long or painful, completely worthwhile.

Mostly the demands are what I place on myself.  I often write short stories, while I am writing my novel, sometimes another book is also on the back burner.  I have only had to write to a deadline, when I wrote an article for a magazine.

If my publisher requests any information I make sure I focus my attention on responding as soon as possible.  I believe it is important to be conscientious and professional at all times.  It makes people want to work with you again.

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

J.J.:  With my first book, Ravens Deep, I had a meeting with a London agent, but she could not compare my work to anything else on the market at that time.  She told me she didn’t think she could sell it to a publisher, that was in 2007.  My first book was dark romance.  It combined a complex modern love story with vampire superstition. 

Of course, a few months later, ‘Twilight and True Blood’, saturated the market and every writer was trying to write vampire romance.  I knew then that my work would not be seen as it should have been, a new fresh idea.  Instead, I would just be another author trying to jump on the band wagon of what was becoming a saturated market.

So I decided to self-publish, my next two books, Blood & Ashes and A Memoir of Carl, completed the trilogy.  This was while I went to live back in England for a few years.   

I moved back to America in 2013 and signed a publishing contract in 2014, for, The Beekeeper’s Daughter’. Only to have this turn into a nightmare.  Partly my own fault as I should have been more thorough in my research of this Publisher.  If I had done so, I would have read many other authors horror stories.

In the end, I had to engage the services of a publishing attorney to have my rights reassigned to me. I put that episode down to a bad experience and moved on.  I found my current publisher, Black Opal Books, who liked my novel enough to want to publish it.  By contrast, they have been very professional to deal with. 

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

J.J.: My family are very supportive of my writing. At first they thought it was just a hobby, but they saw it was a serious endeavor for me especially when I went ahead and I self-published my first novels and did a couple of book signings and was a guest speaker for a literary festival on Exmoor in England.

I try to divide my time between my family commitments and my writing.  That is why I like to write in the middle of the night, no one expects you to do anything then.

This is for pet lovers.  If you don’t own a pet, skip this question, but do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?

J.J.: I have three cats, one is particularly vocal.  So when dinner time comes around he will sit in my office and cry.  How can I ignore that?  So, yes they all get their food on time.

This is for plant lovers.  If you don’t own a plant, skip this question, but if you do, are they actually still alive?

J.J.: I love plants and gardening is one of my real passions. I collect plants all the time, and they are all alive.  Although, occasionally I realize that I have forgotten to water them as their leaves are wilting, then, I feel hugely guilty to have stressed them so much.

In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?

J.J.:  I work in the mornings for my husband’s company, so I never write in the mornings.  Although, I do sometimes research obscure things if I get time while at work. 

When I am in my own office at home, I will ignore the phone, or food requirements until I can leave whatever I am working on.  I try to wrap up what I am doing by late afternoon, again trying to divide my time between my writing and my family.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

J.J.:  It was probably the nightmare scenario of my previous publisher.  Now, I am able to look back, the lies she told me seem unbelievable.  She broke every agreement we had, and her excuses ranged from her computer breaking down, sickness, vacation and even death.  As much as I tried to believe that just maybe bad things kept happening to this person for real, part of me knew I was being lied to. 

When I finally lost patience after nine months of this nonsense, and questioned her, she became really abusive. Accusing me of impatience and hounding her even though it was the first time I had contacted her in over six weeks.

It was an insane episode, and I am so thankful that she never published my book and I did not have to deal with her again. 

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

J.J.: The trouble with most social networks is no one actually cares about anyone else’s work.  It’s very narcissistic.  Everyone wants post their novel on social networks and say, “Hey, look at me, I am a published author, buy my book.”  But in reality not many people will buy your book that way, only your friends or family. 

Genre groups are better, at least you might have a chance of appealing to a group of people that might actually want to read your book.

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

J.J.:  My first three books sold in various independent book stores in England, as well as various online sites.  Since the recession hit England a few years ago, all the small bookstores closed, so now my trilogy sells mainly through online sites such as Amazon.  I am hoping to renew interest in them, as interest grows for The Beekeepers Daughter, and people become interested to read what else I have written.  

The Beekeeper’s Daughter sales reports are not available yet.

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

Celebrities that have books published, and know nothing about writing.  They don’t have a clue about the heartache and hard work that goes into writing.  They only get a publishing contract because of who they are.  I suspect that most don’t even write their books, but employ a ghost writer.

Then, there are people who got a publishing deal because they know the right people in the industry.  They can write a book or three and even though the writing is not that great, the repetition is truly shocking. Regardless, it becomes a best seller.  But when characters roll their eyes more than forty times, and bite their lip more than thirty times, I have to wonder if this author has ever opened a thesaurus.  And just where was her editor?

This example shows there is one rule for the majority or writers and another rule for a few people that get a publishing contract, because of who they are or who they know.  It’s got nothing to do with talent.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

J.J.:  I love that I have a publishing contract.  It was one of the best moments of my life. It made all the anguish, hard work and dealing with people that ultimately let me down, recede into the past. Ultimately, these experiences made me stronger, and more determined to become a published author in the end.

I have learnt a lot on my writing journey.  I used to listen to experienced authors say, “never give up, keep writing, keep trying to get that contract,” and think, it’s easy for you to say that, you’re a successful author.

But what they said was true.  If you believe in your writing and make it the best it can possibly be, then sooner or later, someone else is going to see the merit in your work. 



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Straight From the Mouth of Robert J. Dornan, author of 23 MINUTES PAST 2 A.M.


Robert J Dornan is someone who wishes to leave a better world to his children. He realizes that the odds are slim but he will do whatever he can to increase the probability of success.  He is always open to discuss new and innovative ideas and hopes someday to see the building of a functional solar city as well as a fair and community-driven compensation system.

Robert’s latest book is the historical fiction, 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.
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About the Book:

In the early morning of her sister's wedding day, Mila Kharmalov stared in stunned silence at the coloured sparks streaming from Reactor Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.  At that very moment, her life and the lives of everyone she knew changed forever.

Years later and on another continent, Adam Byrd was writing biographies for everyday people looking to leave their legacy in book form. When the woman he loved phoned from Kiev offering him the chance to write the story of a lifetime, he jumped at the opportunity not realizing that his voyage would be a bumpy ride through a nations dark underbelly. With the help of his friend's quirky cousin, Adam is nudged into a fascinating adventure of love, greed, power and psychotic revenge, culminating with a shocking finale.

23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a work of fiction based on factual events from Chernobyl and villages throughout Ukraine.

For More Information

  • 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is available at Amazon..
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Thanks for letting us interrogate interview you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?
I thought it would be a great way to meet women.  I was so wrong.

Kidding.

A couple of reasons and neither have anything to do with the voices in my head. When my children were born I wanted to leave them some kind of legacy that they could look back on; something they could tell friends about and eventually, their own children.  Secondly, I’m a closet radical and I have a lot I wish to say.  The best medium to share my opinion is with an attentive audience that doesn’t include rope or duct tape.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands? 

I’m not quite sure what any author is expecting once they begin their foray into writing.  There is the romantic notion of earning a living from writing books but for most of us, that dream is nonsense and approaching delusional. 

The best perk is any kind of critical acclaim and I’m proud to say I’ve achieved that from several readers. As for demands, they’re minimal at the worst of times.  I do everything at my own pace so pressure (other than work life) is nonexistent.  The book is ready when I say it is. (Psst…that was me being forceful. Pretty cool, eh?)

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?
I went the self-pub route because I’m age handicapped (that means old btw). I don’t expect a publisher to take a huge leap of faith on someone who is happy just to wake up in the morning.  Besides, I hop from one genre to another like a keyboard gigolo and that’s unacceptable to most serious Publishing Houses. 

Contrary to what some Internet articles write – and we should believe whatever we read on the Internet – self-publishing is not an easy alternative.  23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. took four years to arrive at final product.  Editing alone was close to five months.  Self-publishing can be tedious, maddening and downright flustering but – take a deep breath – it’s worth it.  I have total control and can make revisions if I want to at any time.  I can remove it from Amazon or wherever with a few simple keystrokes.  I don’t have to share any residuals with anyone except the taxman and my ex-wife.  That’s kind of nice in a dysfunctional way.

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry?
The publishing industry is like a gold star on your homework except you have to pay for it and you don’t get to choose where the gold star will go.

As I mentioned earlier, getting published by an established Publishing House is a romantic notion and, let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a badge of honor.  Unfortunately, unless you’re Stephen King, you can forget the hefty advance payment and expect a much less attractive payday and a heavier workload than anticipated.  There is too much competition to keep Publishing Houses profitable enough to offer what was presented a decade ago.  Someday, months after you signed the contract, your book will be edited, bought or predetermined reviews will be written (ok, not always the case) and a clearinghouse with a computerized press will create just enough first edition books to be sent to retail chain warehouses.  Once the book is ready for delivery, you will end up doing the vast majority of marketing and for your efforts you will see a smaller portion of the residuals than say…some hack like me. More importantly, you no longer have control of your book.  Get used to that. Oh, and most people would rather buy the E-book anyway.

But you can tell friends and family that you were published.  Snarky enough?

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
My family as a group are somewhat aloof and don’t really care what I do or where I go.  I could tell them I’ve been in a Mexican prison for the last ten years and they wouldn’t bat an eye.

My children are always excited to see a new book and now that my daughter is over eighteen she can read 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M., which she is now doing and loving it.  She looks at me differently than before (and from a safe distance) but she loves the book.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?
Oh, that’s something I wish I could forget but for the sake of redemption, let’s just say, lesson learned.  I guess most authors are proud of their books and want to tell the world whatever way they can.  Once the realization that not everyone is interested in your book sets in and your friends have blocked you on every social media site, “novelist novices” begin their journey to the unknown.  I joined a site that exchanged Facebook Likes.  Yep…I sold my soul for a “please like me”.   I can’t believe how silly this was and how desperate/naive I had to be to engage in something so trivial.  Three years later and I still only have ten likes.  What the hell? 

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

Good question.  I’m not really in love with Twitter.  I kind of toe the line between introvert and extrovert and Twitter – to me - just seems inane for anyone who isn’t Barack Obama or Batman.

Instagram is kind of cool if you’re younger than the food in my fridge.

Pinterest is great for cat pics, recipes and amateur porn.  Not my cup of green tea.

That basically leaves Facebook and although I don’t frequent FB too often, as far as book enthusiasts and having a place to chat with readers is concerned, it’s the best place to hang out.  Word of warning: No cat videos allowed in my profile

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I beg a lot.  A bit of groveling, tears and promises to do laundry.  I also have marketing people doing their thing.  I’m here chatting with your readers, which has been a blast btw.  My take on marketing is that I’m a clump of coal and these guys will somehow turn me into a shinier clump of coal.  Shiny enough to convince readers that 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a gem. 

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?
I’d scream out loud that although 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. may at times be weird and gory, it is a fantastic read that will teach you a lot about Chernobyl and the lifelong effects it had on the residents living in and around the reactor.  It really is a gripping story.  Buy it today and support my hair growth initiatives.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

Can I get some coconut water instead?

It’s a rush to see your book on Amazon or wherever and you’re absolutely right…the pain is forgotten as soon as someone purchases the first book.  I received email on Saturday from a lady outside of Kansas City who thoroughly enjoyed 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.  Seriously, how cool is that? 

Also, if your book gains any measurable amount of success you can leverage that to discuss other projects such as alternative energy and vertical farms in a third world country.  That’s a plug by the way.  If you wish to contact me, please do at jackcityguy@gmail.com.  Thank-you!!!

Straight From the Mouth of Robert J. Dornan, author of '23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.'



Robert J Dornan is someone who wishes to leave a better world to his children. He realizes that the odds are slim but he will do whatever he can to increase the probability of success.  He is always open to discuss new and innovative ideas and hopes someday to see the building of a functional solar city as well as a fair and community-driven compensation system.

Robert’s latest book is the historical fiction, 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.

For More Information
About the Book:

In the early morning of her sister's wedding day, Mila Kharmalov stared in stunned silence at the coloured sparks streaming from Reactor Four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.  At that very moment, her life and the lives of everyone she knew changed forever.

Years later and on another continent, Adam Byrd was writing biographies for everyday people looking to leave their legacy in book form. When the woman he loved phoned from Kiev offering him the chance to write the story of a lifetime, he jumped at the opportunity not realizing that his voyage would be a bumpy ride through a nations dark underbelly. With the help of his friend's quirky cousin, Adam is nudged into a fascinating adventure of love, greed, power and psychotic revenge, culminating with a shocking finale.

23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a work of fiction based on factual events from Chernobyl and villages throughout Ukraine.

For More Information

  • 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is available at Amazon..
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author?

I thought it would be a great way to meet women.  I was so wrong.

Kidding.

A couple of reasons and neither have anything to do with the voices in my head. When my children were born I wanted to leave them some kind of legacy that they could look back on; something they could tell friends about and eventually, their own children.  Secondly, I’m a closet radical and I have a lot I wish to say.  The best medium to share my opinion is with an attentive audience that doesn’t include rope or duct tape.

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and what are the demands? 

I’m not quite sure what any author is expecting once they begin their foray into writing.  There is the romantic notion of earning a living from writing books but for most of us, that dream is nonsense and approaching delusional. 

The best perk is any kind of critical acclaim and I’m proud to say I’ve achieved that from several readers. As for demands, they’re minimal at the worst of times.  I do everything at my own pace so pressure (other than work life) is nonexistent.  The book is ready when I say it is. (Psst…that was me being forceful. Pretty cool, eh?)

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?

I went the self-pub route because I’m age handicapped (that means old btw). I don’t expect a publisher to take a huge leap of faith on someone who is happy just to wake up in the morning.  Besides, I hop from one genre to another like a keyboard gigolo and that’s unacceptable to most serious Publishing Houses. 

Contrary to what some Internet articles write – and we should believe whatever we read on the Internet – self-publishing is not an easy alternative.  23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. took four years to arrive at final product.  Editing alone was close to five months.  Self-publishing can be tedious, maddening and downright flustering but – take a deep breath – it’s worth it.  I have total control and can make revisions if I want to at any time.  I can remove it from Amazon or wherever with a few simple keystrokes.  I don’t have to share any residuals with anyone except the taxman and my ex-wife.  That’s kind of nice in a dysfunctional way.

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry?

The publishing industry is like a gold star on your homework except you have to pay for it and you don’t get to choose where the gold star will go.

As I mentioned earlier, getting published by an established Publishing House is a romantic notion and, let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a badge of honor.  Unfortunately, unless you’re Stephen King, you can forget the hefty advance payment and expect a much less attractive payday and a heavier workload than anticipated.  There is too much competition to keep Publishing Houses profitable enough to offer what was presented a decade ago.  Someday, months after you signed the contract, your book will be edited, bought or predetermined reviews will be written (ok, not always the case) and a clearinghouse with a computerized press will create just enough first edition books to be sent to retail chain warehouses.  Once the book is ready for delivery, you will end up doing the vast majority of marketing and for your efforts you will see a smaller portion of the residuals than say…some hack like me. More importantly, you no longer have control of your book.  Get used to that. Oh, and most people would rather buy the E-book anyway.

But you can tell friends and family that you were published.  Snarky enough?

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?

My family as a group are somewhat aloof and don’t really care what I do or where I go.  I could tell them I’ve been in a Mexican prison for the last ten years and they wouldn’t bat an eye.

My children are always excited to see a new book and now that my daughter is over eighteen she can read 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M., which she is now doing and loving it.  She looks at me differently than before (and from a safe distance) but she loves the book.

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?

Oh, that’s something I wish I could forget but for the sake of redemption, let’s just say, lesson learned.  I guess most authors are proud of their books and want to tell the world whatever way they can.  Once the realization that not everyone is interested in your book sets in and your friends have blocked you on every social media site, “novelist novices” begin their journey to the unknown.  I joined a site that exchanged Facebook Likes.  Yep…I sold my soul for a “please like me”.   I can’t believe how silly this was and how desperate/naive I had to be to engage in something so trivial.  Three years later and I still only have ten likes.  What the hell? 

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?

Good question.  I’m not really in love with Twitter.  I kind of toe the line between introvert and extrovert and Twitter – to me - just seems inane for anyone who isn’t Barack Obama or Batman.

Instagram is kind of cool if you’re younger than the food in my fridge.

Pinterest is great for cat pics, recipes and amateur porn.  Not my cup of green tea.

That basically leaves Facebook and although I don’t frequent FB too often, as far as book enthusiasts and having a place to chat with readers is concerned, it’s the best place to hang out.  Word of warning: No cat videos allowed in my profile

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you?

I beg a lot.  A bit of groveling, tears and promises to do laundry.  I also have marketing people doing their thing.  I’m here chatting with your readers, which has been a blast btw.  My take on marketing is that I’m a clump of coal and these guys will somehow turn me into a shinier clump of coal.  Shiny enough to convince readers that 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. is a gem. 

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?

I’d scream out loud that although 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M. may at times be weird and gory, it is a fantastic read that will teach you a lot about Chernobyl and the lifelong effects it had on the residents living in and around the reactor.  It really is a gripping story.  Buy it today and support my hair growth initiatives.

Okay, too much sugar for you today!  Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in.  Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?

Can I get some coconut water instead?

It’s a rush to see your book on Amazon or wherever and you’re absolutely right…the pain is forgotten as soon as someone purchases the first book.  I received email on Saturday from a lady outside of Kansas City who thoroughly enjoyed 23 Minutes Past 1 A.M.  Seriously, how cool is that? 

Also, if your book gains any measurable amount of success you can leverage that to discuss other projects such as alternative energy and vertical farms in a third world country.  That’s a plug by the way.  If you wish to contact me, please do at jackcityguy@gmail.com.  Thank-you!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Straight from the Mouth of Nonfiction Author Robert Wideman

"Publishing is a Nightmare" 


         Six years ago I decided I wanted to write a book about my experience in North Vietnam as a Prisoner of War. I did this because I wanted something on paper for my two sons and six grandchildren. Four years later I had only written 100 pages. At 71 years of age, I realized I might not live long enough to finish my book. I decided I needed help in writing and publishing a book, so I contacted Graham Communications in Denver, Colorado. Mark Graham introduced me to Cara Lopez Lee. Cara finished my book in two years and did a great job.

         Now it was time to create and publish my book. Colin Graham at Graham Publishing Group published my book. He designed the front and back covers as well as the interior for the paperback and kindle editions. He did a very nice job as well.

Then it came time to distribute my book. We started with IngramSpark. What a disaster? Amazon took 55% of the retail price off the top. The printer (Ingramspark?)  then charged $6.44 for each copy. That left me 74 cents per book as profit. That was a 5% profit for each book. I thought that was outrageous, because you typically receive a10% profit from traditional publishers. The whole idea of self-publishing is to make more than the 10% received from traditional publishers.

         When I started this journey friends told me that they went to traditional publishers but did not make any money. They self published and did much better. Mark Graham said if I went to a traditional publisher they would ask me for a marketing plan. I would respond, “Yes, where is my marketing plan. You guys get 90% of the profit.” They will then say, “You don’t understand. Where is your marketing plan?” Someone told me that a marketing plane would cost $30,000. Mark said that it will cost $5.00 to print each book, and I can sell each book for $15.00. That is true if you buy the books at wholesale and then sell them on your own. However, if you go thru Amazon or Barnes and Noble, they get 55% off the top and that takes your profit. Kindle is better. With Kindle, I receive 60% of the retail price.

         I replaced Ingramspark with Createspace, and now I receive $4.25 for each book sold on Amazon. Createspce only deals with Amazon, however, so I had to keep IngrahamSpark for Barnes and Noble and all the other retail outlets.

         I learned that the publishing industry is designed for the benefit of printers, distributors, and book publishers. The publishing business is definitely not set up for the benefit of authors.

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 Title: UNEXPECTED PRISONER: Memoir of a Vietnam Prisoner of War
Genre: Memoir
Author: Robert Wideman
Websitewww.robertwideman.com        
Publisher: Graham Publishing Group
Find on Amazon

About the Book:  

When Unexpected Prisoner opens, it’s May 6, 1967 and 23-year-old Lieutenant Robert Wideman is flying a Navy A-4 Skyhawk over Vietnam.  At 23, Wideman had already served three and a half years in the Navy—and was only 27 combat days away from heading home to America. But on that cloudless day in May, on a routine bombing run, Wideman’s plane crashed and he fell into enemy hands. Captured and held for six years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam, Wideman endured the kind of pain that makes people question humanity.  Physical torture, however, was not the biggest challenge he was forced to withstand.  In his candid memoir, Unexpected Prisoner, Wideman details the raw, unvarnished tale of how he came to understand the truth behind Jean-Paul Sartre’s words: “Hell is other people.”

A gripping, first-person account that chronicles the six-year period Wideman spent in captivity as a POW, Unexpected Prisoner plunges readers deep into the heart of one of the most protracted, deadliest conflicts in American history:  the Vietnam War. Wideman, along with acclaimed memoirist Cara Lopez Lee, has crafted a story that is exquisitely engaging, richly detailed, and wholly captivating.  Unexpectedly candid and vibrantly vivid, this moving memoir chronicles a POW’s struggle with enemies and comrades, Vietnamese interrogators and American commanders, lost dreams, and ultimately, himself.

With its eye-opening look at a soldier’s life before, during and after captivity, Unexpected Prisoner presents a uniquely human perspective on war and on conflicts both external and internal. An exceptional story exceptionally well-told, Unexpected Prisoner is a powerful, poignant, often provocative tale about struggle, survival, hope, and redemption.


About the Author:  

Robert Wideman was born in Montreal, grew up in East Aurora, New York, and has dual U.S./Canadian citizenship. During the Vietnam War, he flew 134 missions for the U.S. Navy and spent six years as a prisoner of war. Wideman earned a master’s degree in finance from the Naval Postgraduate School. After retiring from the Navy, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Law, practiced law in Florida and Mississippi, and became a flight instructor. Robert Wideman holds a commercial pilot’s license with an instrument rating, belongs to Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado, and lives in Ft. Collins near his two sons and six grandchildren.

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