March 25, 2016 New Release La Razza Di Trenta Nove
On March 25th my fast moving and highly visual historical fiction novel will be available. As that day approaches I am releasing more details on the technical aspects of publishing a novel of this size and scope. My previous posts revealed two very important inspirations for La Razza Di Trenta Nove. Please read them.
Although there is no solid precedent for having a Table of Contents or Chapter listing in a fiction novel, I have embraced having an index beyond the simple enumeration in the front of the book. A good index grabs the reader’s attention with an a la carte styled selection to browse conveying the excitement that guides you into the first words on the first page.
i Milan, 1938. The vision of Niccolò Giangele
ii Oklahoma, USA. Michael Streets and the box car races
iii Berlin and The Kommandant
iv La Razza Di Trenta Nove
v Michael Dreams Big
vii Father versus Son
viii Saving the Farm
ix The Death of Professor Feise, Nazi grip tightens
x Battle of the Races
February 2016 The Second Inspiration. (Last month I announced the first of two inspirations for La Razza Di Trenta Nove.)
As another war was eminent in Europe, the United States was recovering from a financial disaster and dust bowl famine. In response to these tensions the U.S. geared up its industrial and technology sectors in an effort to save the country from internal and external collapse. These actions ultimately revived the economy, increased the U.S. GDP, funded new ideas in research and built the most powerful military force on the planet, but it was not without consequences to individuals. The United States raced against time as the axis of evil continued to expand as Germany and Japan showed no sign of giving in, until a new technology entered the scene.
Battle of The Races is inspired by “Batter My Heart” from John Adams Dr. Atomic. This breath taking aria performed in baritone reveals the personal conflict Oppenheimer struggled with in the rush to create the first atomic bomb. The ultra fast moving duo competitive scherzo is the essence of the Battle of The Races and in the ending pages of La Razza Di Trenta Nove it kept me in the surprising and climatic ending. I was excited about translating Adam’s theme and energy from this section of his libretto into my story. I highly recommend you experience both of these inspirations.
January 2016 The First Inspiration. La Razza Di Trenta Nove.
With just over 60 days away from the release of my new historical fiction thriller La Razza Di Trenta Nove, I am unveiling two inspirations for this novel. La Razza Di Trenta Nove was born from my passion of early 20th century European history and the underpinnings of two world wars. A great part of my fascination was the rise of power of Nazi Germany prior to World War II. The Nazi SS, Storm Troopers, Kommandants and Gestapo ascended to cult status icons in the decades following the fall of Germany. They were malevolent, depraved, evil and directly responsible for the murder of millions of people, most notably Jews and I wanted to include this in La Razza Di Trente Nove. Writing “Krystallnaught” was important to me and difficult, until Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3. The soul stirring and spirit wrenching soprano pulls every note through me in a lento that keeps me in that moment of peril that seems to last forever, and this was before I understood the lyrics. The text screams an urgent and impaling cry from a mother that stretches from the concentration camps of 1939 to now:
“Oh, you bad people….In the name of God, the most Holy…..Tell me, why?…..Why did you kill my son!”
I am incredibly moved by the piece and from there I was able to complete ‘Kristallnacht’ inspired by Symphony No. 3 from Henryk Górecki.
December 2015 Two colors divided by a series curves, strikes and dots. As we go further down the digital road, e-books on the various digital platforms are continually evolving and grabbing a greater share of the publishing market, but how have these platforms affected the delivery of the story? I asked some of my writer friends this question. Most, like myself, discovered the bells and whistles of e-readers are a distraction from writing the story and they choose not to write for the platform feeling the multi-media aspects can easily sidetrack an e-book and suddenly the story becomes…. a text book. I embrace the challenge of transcending and building a world built upon words. For most writers it is about the story, how it is written and the language that takes the reader beyond the two dimensional constraints of the text on the page to a place of dreams and imaginations. All of this with two colors divided by a series curves, strikes and dots.