Author Interview & Book Giveaway – Part 2 Widow’s Walk

Welcome to author Kenneth Weene.


Bio:

Life itches and torments Kenneth Weene like pesky flies. Annoyed, he pick up a paper to slap at the buzzing and often whacks himself on the head. Each whack is another story. At least having half-blinded himself, he has learned to not wave the pencil about. Ken will, however, write on until the last gray cell has retreated and there are no longer these strange ideas demanding his feeble efforts. So many poems, stories, novels; and more to come.

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Interview:

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Widow’s Walk explores the meaning of spirit and the limits of religion.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have a new book, Tales From the Dew Drop Inne: Because there’s one in every town, currently in the queue at my publisher, All Things That Matter Press. There is another novel at my agent. Right now I am working on yet a fifth novel, which is an almost elegiac piece about life in Maine. Yeah, I keep busy.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
When very young, I loved anything with a dog in it. Lassie Come Home, I must have reread that one a hundred times. Then I graduated to Call of the Wild and White Fang. Next I discovered Steinbeck, read The Grapes of Wrath and never looked back.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Write. Read what you have written aloud. Rewrite. Read to others (not your cheering section but people who want to share meaningful feedback about the craft). Rewrite. Get an editor. Worry over every sentence, word, comma. Make love to your writing, and it will love you back.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
There are times and places I would love to visit, especially if I could do so in a cocoon of safety; but for living, I’m pretty happy here and now. Here, by the way, is Phoenix, AZ. So, some of those visits: Hitler’s Germany and the camps to have a better sense of evil. Gandhi’s ashram to better understand the scope of my idol. The steps of the Lincoln Memorial when King spoke to be a part of the history I consider so important in my life. Gettysburg to hear Old Abe. Dorchester Heights and Bunker Hill to help win my country’s independence and Philadelphia with John, Tom, and Ben when they wrote the words. Hiroshima if I could sound an alarm. And the list goes on.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be a writer. Even then I loved books. I took a rather long detour through a career as a psychologist, but finally I made it.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Judd Hirsch for his manner or Alan Arkin because he is a great actor who could capture the nuance of me.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I’d take my wife out for some good sushi and then we’d go home and just be together. In other words, nothing very different.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I admit it. I watch a lot of Disney. I like to escape to a world of simple answers and happy endings.

Favorite places to travel?
I’ve had lots of opportunities to travel in my life. My all time favorites were Paris, Venice, and India.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
I’d love to do something with Paul Harding. Hey, Paul, you listening?

Book trailer:
Widow’s Walk – http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?p=wbgzb2yk

Widow’s Walk:

Mary Flanagan, caught between her sense of religion and obligation on one hand and her very human desire for love and life on the other, is in emotional limbo. When she meets Arnie Berger, who becomes both her lover and philosophic guide, Mary’s world seems to be transformed. Changes also come for Mary’s children, who have been trapped in their own dilemmas. Sean, a quadriplegic, is looking for a fulfilled life. Mary’s daughter, Kathleen must cope with infertility and anger in her search for happiness. The lives of all three Flanagans are turned upside down by happiness and tragedy.

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive a copy.
Open to US & Canada only
Ends 10/23

Optional Extra Entry
+2 Follow Kenneth on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Ken_Weene

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