Interesting experience being interviewed for the book blog Seattle Wrote
Here’s a nice takeaway quote:
“Ultimately, I like to think that I write about common human questions. The past influences the present, and the need to find connection with each other – those human needs are the same across the centuries,” he said. “It’s a question of, can you redeem yourself? Can you mend relationships, and make your life have meaning? Can you find meaning and value and in some sense, salvation – saving yourself and finding your true self?”
Referencing something he read that author Alice Walker said, about how the ghosts of the past actually tell her their stories, Ned “Always thought that was silly. But in this novel, I really had that feeling with Mear. I felt that I was telling Mear’s story, and not mine. That was a fascinating experience, too,” he said. “Her humanity and experience as a person is the most appealing. Being able to see things through her eyes, gives us richer empathy for each other and helps us not to objectify each other … The human experience shouldn’t be subjected to one gender or one perspective.”
Live anywhere near Spokane, Washington?
Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane will be hosting an author event for author Ned Hayes's new historical novel, Sinful Folk. A reading, Q&A and book signing will begin @ 7:00 p.m.
More details here: http://www.auntiesbooks.com/event/readingqasigning-ned-hayes
7 pm -- March 20 -- Author Reading, Signing and Q&A -- Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane
Also check out the Northwest Writer's Guild Panel discussion the previous night (3/19) with local Pacific Northwest authors.
Come one, come all !
A quote from Sinful Folk:
"The knight still waits silent. He stands and pulls his sword in scabbard from the wrapped saddlebags. He dismounts. The snowflakes swirl as he moves, like sand in an underwater stream. A pale green gaze, like a leaf caught under frost."
-- from the novel Sinful Folk
"In writing SINFUL FOLK, I felt the truth of Alice Walker's idea that she is writing down the story of "ghosts" -- of real people who want their stories told in the present. I felt like I was hearing her in my own head: reading her own personal journal.
I heard Mear's voice so clearly and her story was so real to me, I needed to tell it.
SINFUL FOLK ultimately became her story -- a story of loss and tragedy that becomes Mear's very personal narrative of redemption and personal triumph."
-- Interesting Q&A with Ned Hayes on 2ReadorNot2Read