martes, 27 de noviembre de 2012

Interview with Robert Ruisi -- "Dancing into the Fog"

Dancing into the Fog by Robert L. Ruisi
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I would suggest beginning the book with About the Author. This would make the reader more sympathetic to some differences in ordinary writing such as using several verb tenses in a paragraph, the lack of or interesting flexibility in punctuation.
Another suggestion would be to divide this work in Book One, written by Ruisi, and Book Two, written by the medical specialists. The former tells a poignant story during the prodromal stage of the illness. The latter is a detailed medical exposition about Alzheimer's disease and findings about its diagnosis, prognosis and still underdeveloped treatment. Both sections are written in very different styles and languages -- one understood by most, the other understood by those familiar with medical lore.
From personal experience, I think that this is a book worthwhile reading especially if the reader has a family history of Alzheimer's disease.

Interview with Robert Ruisi
1. When did you start writing, professionally?
Funny about that it happened shortly after I became ill about 5 years about and have not stopped since. 
2. What did you learn about Alzheimer's through writing this story?
Although for myself I make a great deal of fun out of the illness but what I did learn through the story is 30% of the people diagnosed for Alzheimer's disease DO NOT have it but have something else. I also learned the scary side of the disease and have at the end of the book a image of the brain before and after. It is alarming to say the least. 
3. I have written your short stories. Have you ever attempted a full-length novel?
Oh yes I write short stories all the time. I have written over 60 short stories for children that will be released a few at a time over the next two years. Because I awake until a story is finished I did write one that is rather long 82,000 words over a 4+ day stretch and no I do think anyone could make sense of it! lol Seriously, none of my normal editors are willing to go through it and it is adult orientated which is something I do not normally write about so...

miércoles, 14 de noviembre de 2012

Blog Tour with Lucy Pireel

Lucy Pireel invited me to  participate in the Next Big Thing blog hop! I had never written anything about me in order to participate in a blog tour.  Perhaps that is why it is called a blog hop! 
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be self-published, though I have had experience with agency publishing.  It was a great agency in Spain, with disastrous results for me -- financially.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I have always written novellas, which are short --  never more than 24k words.  I write an only draft, which I later try to edit.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
One of my novellas --  Little Macho -- was compared to Broke Back Mountain.  My genre tends to be psychological fiction.  My most recent one, in English, is "Sweat, Glamour and Light Sins," which describes some of the inner world of most formal gyms in the American Continent. 
At the moment I am participating in NaNoWriting Month and I am confident that I shall be able to finish my first full-length novel, which carries an interesting title, "It's the water."
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I am always inspired by real life, either mine or what I see happening around me.  Of course, I will never replicate events but modify them according to my whims.  This is part of the liberty that makes writing pleasurable, I think.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
There is always some social criticism.  I believe that the writter should contribute to expose either social injustices or highlight was may be improved.

lunes, 12 de noviembre de 2012

Interview with Mitt Ray

Jack The Homework Eater by Mitt Ray

Review by Alex Canton-Dutari
Though this story seems directed more at teenagers than adults I found it quite enjoyable, especially as it was well written.
Some situations may have not been quite believabl...e from my adult stance, though my child inner being accepted the presence of several dozen children cramming into Alex’ room.
The final lesson learned was not expected by me, and I was quite pleased by it.
I will definitely read more stories by Mitt Ray.
BTW, I was taken by “Tea being eaten,” an expression I would have frowned upon had a close British friend not explained to me that “tea time” is more than just tea but includes other edibles.


- Have you attempted writing a full novel?
Yes I have. I finished my first novel last year. It was a book that follows the life of a fox hound, his pack of hounds, their masters and the foxes that live in the forest. I haven’t published it or sent it to any agents or publishers yet. I might do so in the near future.
I finished my second one recently. This is definitely complete and I am trying to find an agent for it. Hopefully I will find one.
- What do you like most about being a creative writer?
When I start imagining something and I type it or write it down, it brings a smile upon my face. The only thing that can beat that is when someone appreciates my work. These are the two best things about being a creative writer.
Who is your favourite?
My favourite author is Jack London. I adore Jack London’s writing style. His book ‘White Fang’ is my favourite book. I also like ‘The Call of the Wild.’