I've been writing most my life, sometimes with the left side of my brain, as when I wrote technical documentation in the 1980's, and more recently and consistently with the right side of my brain, as when writing my new novel, Torn by God: A Family's Struggle with Polygamy. Either way, my focus has always been on the human mind. My most basic desire is to know how people come to believe what they believe, and how those beliefs lead them to act in specific ways. Exploring the depths of another's mind, with all its intellectual and visceral layers of complexity, is as exciting and stimulating to me as exploring a foreign country.
Given my fascination with mind, I search for books which have a unique and idiosyncratic voice. It is not the writer's voice I am looking for, but the voice of the characters who live out their lives on the pages. For me, is more than just a tone or narrative style: it reflects the movement and subtle nuance of a character's mind, it maps the associative leaps between one experience and the next, and it connects the character's sensory experience with a unique perception. Maybe the best way to say it is that everything in such stories is characterization, to one degree or another. Books such as Jane Hamilton's, Book of Ruth, Frank McCourt's, Angela's Ashes, and Joyce Carol Oates', Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, all have this quality that I so admire.
Many authors whose work has a clear voice. Authors such as Jane Hamilton (The Book of Ruth), Bastard out of Carolina, Angela's Ashes, works by Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, and even T.C. Boyle in Drop City.
Just published, Torn by God: A Family's Struggle with Polygamy - A fictional account of events that happened when I was a child when he became interested in polygamy.
A second novel, tentatively titled, Man in the Mirror - about a man who is finding himself while he looses himself to Alzheimer's. It is a story with humor. A story about Alzheimer's as a state of enlightenment.
My passions are writing, reading, teaching writing (an advanced weekly writing workshop - 8 years on-going), and running (everyday on the wonderful mountain trails near our home). I also enjoy foreign and intelligent, independent films. I value the music of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, Joan Baez, and all the achy breaky heartache songs - which I like to sing for anyone who wants to listen. Travel is a wonderful education, especially to Asia. I'd love to experience Greece and India and China.
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