Thursday, February 25, 2016

Print your own book at a library?

I was recently searching this great internet of ours for weird thing libraries check out. My library checks out iPads and digital cameras. They recently added a ukelele and record player you can rent for 2 weeks! :-) I came across an article from USAtoday that stated you could bring your memoir to a library and have it printed. What?! I needed to dive further into this. With a company called Self Espress, you can publish and print your own work. Now, from what I can see it would cost around $96 to print one copy. To some that's too expensive, but for others it may be just the right price to print a family heirloom.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Demons by Donald James

Demons by Donald James

I was recently given a book to read called “Demons” (think inner, personal demons, not angels and demons) by Donald James, an up and coming local author.  All I can say is “WOW”.  I could not put this book down!  In fact, I read it for twelve consecutive hours one night, getting no sleep at all, finally putting it down when I was forced to either get ready for work or be late.  During the time I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.  Dreaming about it.  I couldn't get enough of this story or the characters in it!  Ok, so what's the big deal, you ask?  Let me take you through it.
            To sum it all up, the story is about a woman who has experienced a horrific crime which she barely survived, and the ways in which it has taken an incredible toll on her once perfect life and the people she loves.  Alex Collins is a character with so much complexity and so many different layers.  On the surface she is a successful lawyer, incredibly wealthy, and drop dead, out of this world, knock you over gorgeous.  She is confident, witty, smart and has a way about her that you can't resist.  In reality, she is damaged to the core.  She suffers from multiple medical issues, which stem back to trauma she endured during the attack.  She almost never sleeps, which plays a huge role in the story.  She is guarded and she is private.  Except with Jason, her best friend of twenty five years, the narrator of this story, and the person who has single-handedly kept Alex on the tracks for the last 4 ½ years.  At first glance, Jay is the obvious hero in the story.  He's a gorgeous, rich, confident man who spends nearly all his time taking care of the damsel in distress.   As the story unfolds, however, and we learn why he and Alex are so close, we find out that, in reality, he is extremely flawed, vulnerable and scared to death he is going to fail at keeping his best friend safe, or alive even.  The character development in the book is top notch.  I could not only picture what Alex and Jay might look like, I could imagine their voices, predict their reactions to things and really felt like they were people I know.
            The story twists and turns up until the very last page, never for a moment getting dull or boring.  Of course, when you have beautiful, wealthy people living extravagant lifestyles, falling in and out of love, being stalked, having attempts be made on their life, being lied to and cheated on, all while spending a great deal of their time trying to just keep it together, what's there to be bored with?
            This book is definitely worth reading.  It will make you laugh, it will bring you close to tears, it will shock you, bewilder you and leave you wanting more!  As for those demons, well, they will haunt you.

I got the opportunity to sit down with the author, and he allowed me enough time to ask five questions.
Q: Where did your inspiration for this book come from?
A:  actually, it started as a journaling exercise that was recommended to me while I was working through a difficult time after my father passed suddenly.  Most of the events and emotions that these characters experience are taken straight from my own life, just warped or skewed to fit the story.  Each of the characters are a mixture of my own friends and family and myself.  

Q: Are you Jay?
A:  Ha!  I wish!  But no.  I am not Jay.  Jay does, however, have some traits that do directly reflect my own personality.  Like his inability to filter what comes out of his mouth for instance, or which Dunkin Donuts is his favorite  

Q: How much did you have to research for this book and how long did it take to write?
A:  I set the story in Chicago because it is home.  The places and streets and routes are all real and accurate, (except for The Spot, which is a hodge podge of places) and the horribly cold and snowy winter is based on this most recent winter we had. Much of the story was written while being snowed in at home.  Some research had to be done for the Las Vegas and Atlanta scenes.  From start to publish, it took about 11 months.  
Q:Evan is the most controversial character. What do you want us to know about him?
A: Oh Evan.  Evan is that person that we all know:  you don't like him but you just don't know why.  You can't put your finger on what it is that irks you.  Even before his "secret" comes out, Jay just isn't sure about him, doesn't trust him.  In reality, Evan is a spoiled college kid that has bit off a bit more than he can chew.  Alex's crazy world is a little more than he can handle.  Jay pegs it when he says (repeatedly) that he's just a punk kid.  That's really what it is.  He has no business in Alex's world.  There's just that one little problem with his past:  he might be really violent.

Q: Can we expect more from Donald James in the future?

A:  Well, if everyone goes out and buys my book, then yes!  Demons ends with a definite opening to a second book.  Which may or may not already be in the works.

You can add Donald James as a friend on Facebook. Or maybe the characters, Jason, Adrianna or Evan. Leave a comment about the trailer on the website.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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