Today's guest is author, David Russell, talking about his latest release, Self's Blossom, published by Devine Destinies
AUTHOR: David Russell
BOOK TITLE: Self’s Blossom
PUBLISHER: Devine Destinies
BUY LINK: www.devinedestinies.com
Please tell us about yourself? Born 12 June 1940 and living in West London, UK, David is a writer in all genres, including poetry, fiction, and criticism, and he is a guitarist and singer-songwriter. Some of David's erotic poems have been featured in anthologies produced by Forward Press. He has a collection of poetry and prose entitled Prickling Counterpoints, that has been published in many magazines. He has written two novellas: High Wired On (speculative fiction) and Self's Blossom (romance). The latter, together with the short story Explorations, have been published by Silk's Vault. His albums include Bricolage (Hangman Records, 1992) and Bacteria Shrapnel (Posterity Recordings, 1997).
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Be true to yourself; believe in yourself.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? (Has anyone ever realized it?) Yes; this work is a fictional composite, taking fractions and elements from people and events I knew, and adapting it. One or two close friends have realized the connection.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Ben Okri
What are your current projects? I am working on a sequel to my short story ‘Explorations’, also published by Devine Destinies.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? I would reveal more flawed human being qualities in my heroine; I may have put her on a pedestal.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Yes; there is a struggle to capture complex situations and sensations. One is to some degree tunnelling in the darkness. Hopefully this gives the reader incentive to persevere in finding the meaning.
Do you ever have problems with writers block? If so how do you get through it? Everyone has problems with writer’s block; the imagination cannot flow consistently, automatically, like turning on a tap. At times of blockage, there are always editings and revisions which can fill the cap and keep the engine lubricated.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Ben Okri, because he embraces the totality of contemporary, contingent life and timeless dreamscape.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I was impressed by the diversity of response it aroused. It reinforced my belief in the axiom ‘Without contraries there is no progression.’
Do you have any advice for other writers? Keep on writing. Be receptive to criticism, but never accept one individual’s judgement as absolute or final.
Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention? Poem to be published in next edition of Rubies in the Darkness magazine.
*Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them? My current publisher is Devine Destinies. It is now in its third edition. The first edition was a limited edition paperback, with Public Press, a branch of JazzClaw publications, which ceased operations. It then had an e-book edition with Silk’s Vault Publishing (now defunct), and I kept it in circulation until Devine Destinies took it on.
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Journalist Selene is a woman with a plan. Although her career is a success, she decides that something is missing in her life–romance– so she throws the full brunt of her intellect and determination behind filling the gap. After saving and planning every detail, Selene finally arrives in her Central American destination hoping for primal adventure and a little loving on the side. Sure, she meets Hudson and has an afternoon delight with an unnamed native, but Selene’s greatest impediment is the one she refuses to acknowledge. Her training as a journalist keeps her as observer and judge and prevents her from ever living in the moment. Will the danger she encounters be the impetuous she needs to find her passion? Or will she compartmentalize the men in her life so that she can safely put them back in their boxes once she’s finished playing with them?
David Russell’s story is lush with description and replete with back story. His prose is strung like a strand of pearls, each shiny treasure perfectly chosen, making this story more literary than genre fiction. The narrative, told usually in omniscient POV, is almost surreal and blurs the space/time continuum. All together Self’s Blossom is for those who want a reading adventure off the beaten path and are pioneering enough to sink in Selene’s lugubrious world.