Dennis Gelbaum adds - "To get his hands on his inheritance, Jason Warren has to convince a jury that his stepfather, who had been convicted of killing his mother, did not commit the crime he was convicted of. Hal Warren was convicted solely on DNA found at the crime scene. But he always claimed he did not murder his wife. In fact, he had an airtight alibi! Jason hired me to tell his story and his story raises so many questions about the accuracy of DNA, the American judicial system, the international scientific community and the big business of DNA Profiling. At times, I found parts of the story difficult to write, even more
difficult to believe. I often wonder, was it always about the money? Was that
Dennis Gelbaum is also the author of 'Something About Going Home', a book of poetry with illustrations by Christina Qualiana and is presently the CEO, Managing Partner of ramp it up entertainment.
50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading
After conducting hundreds of interviews, it became very apparent that the number one issue common to most writers is the marketing of their books, rather than the writing and the production of the book itself.
As "THE AUTHORS MARKETING POWER HOUSE", The Authors Show prides itself in giving authors a number of tools, many of which are free, to give their work the exposure they need. 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, gives these writers an added element for their book marketing campaign tool box, and presents to the reader some of the best writers this new world of publishing has to offer.
Hundreds of thousands of books are written and published every year. Each represents months, years - perhaps decades of arduous effort on the part of the author of that book. Though nearly all of these authors hope to achieve success, how that success is defined is specific to every individual writer.
50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading offers the stories of fifty such authors. As guests of The Authors Show, they have willingly bared their writer's souls to the world. Here you will find amazing stories of success and dismal tales of failure. You will hear narratives of dreams achieved and stories of hopes dashed. Above all you will hear, from the mouths of these writers, what it means to become a successful author.
Whether you are just starting down the path to becoming a published author or have been a writer for many years, you will find much of interest here. Though it may not appear to be so, the fifty people within were not chosen because they demonstrated extraordinary writing skill, used well-crafted phrases or achieved phenomenal sales. Instead the people within were chosen for their ability to verbalize their deep love for their craft, for the inspirational ideas they offer and, in some cases, for the sheer determination that caused them to become one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.
AUTHORS FEATURED IN 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading
Art Adkins, Greg Allen, Billy Arcement, Beatrice Toney Bailey, Shobhan Bantwal, Jef Benedetti, Michelle Bersell, Rowena Cherry, Vera Jane Cook, Glen Copple, Chelle Cordero, Sandy Cropsey, Dane Cunningham, Aisha Curry, Christy Tillery French, Gene Garrison, Dennis Gelbaum, Kenneth Golde, Madeleine Herrman, Jessica James, Ken Jensen, Carl Jenks, Chloe Jon Paul, Mark David Gerson, J. Y. Jones, Sandra Bell Kirchman, Michael Kleiner, Jeff Knott, Mabel Leo, Sandy Lo, Alex Marcoux, Nancy Mehagian, John Meacham, Erica Miner, Ric Morgan, Robert Mottram, Carmen Navarro Talavera, Darden North, MD, Derek Randel, Alice Rene, Mary Paulson, Steven Rigolosi, Michael Rushnak, Frank Say, Paula Davies Scimeca, Debra Solice, Lois Stern, Janet Smith Warfield, Linda S. Thompson, Patricia Weber, L. Diane Wolfe, Traci Hall.
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Here's an excerpt from the interview with Dennis Gelbaum:
I began writing – mostly short stories and poetry – when I was about ten years old. I was a fan of biographies and I loved reading about history. I had a knack for putting a great story together and I had a wonderful imagination. Writing provided me with a way to tell my stories.
I loved it when family and friends would read my stories. Sometimes they would laugh. Sometimes they would cry. I felt inspired and motivated when I connected with someone through my writing. It’s that connection that I enjoy most – and the process of writing actually entertains me. That’s why I continue to write. I enjoy putting the pieces of the puzzle together, creating engaging characters, putting them in fantastic locations and I like to hear my characters talk – that’s why my novel is full of dialogue. I try to make fiction read like non-fiction. If I can make you think for one moment that what you are reading is real – than I have accomplished what I set out to do.
Everyone who has read my novel, ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ all agree it is a big movie idea – questioning the validity of DNA Profiling. And that was exactly my motivation. I wanted to write a book that could be turned into a movie. I think I have done that.
My poetry - ‘Something About Going Home’ - is a collection of very personal thoughts on relationships, love, fantasies, dreams, sex, drugs, war and god. I reveal a lot of myself in each poem and the illustrations offer up a unique – the illustrator’s - Christina Qualiana – interpretation of what she read. (She read each poem only once before providing me with an illustration.)
I give up a lot of myself in everything I write. I am the main character in my novel. The challenge in both cases was to find an agent and/or a publisher for my work. I eventually decidedto self publish – because I got anxious and wanted to see my books printed.
I think completing my books and having them published was my greatest victory – so far. Having my book turned into a movie and winning an Academy Award is a victory still not realized.
I like books that I can ‘see’. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a great example. I saw Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu clearly and they worked for me on many levels. I like character driven stories, so developing the story and the characters is the most important thing I do. When I develop the story correctly, it all seems to make sense. If it doesn’t make sense, than I go back and rethink and rewrite until it does make sense. The story is the most important thing. I was able to tell the story to others in about ninety seconds. That was good. That convinced
me I had a solid story.
I use a lot of facts to back up my story. So I do a lot of research. I also like to travel so my stories feature lots of locations – some exotic, some historical.
If I could meet up with Hemingway in Key West, that would be a fantastic lunch. We could sit on the dock and watch the sun set .All my characters are based on someone I knew, know, met or read about. I enjoy writing the dialogue more than doing the research. I usually write in the morning, do research in the afternoon and write in the evening. Once I am in the writing zone, I write and write and
write. And that’s the best advice I can give to any author – write, write, write and then write some more.