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Author Interview On The Run

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Have you been writing for a long time?

Yes, on and off. I wrote literature for a few years in the late 1990s but I didn’t publish anything back then. Then I started working in Branding and Communications, where I had the opportunity to write copy for corporate communications for many years. A few years ago I started writing literature again and publishing my work.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Because writing is probably the ultimate creative work. I worked as an architect for many years and I do sculpture and photography, but when you write you can go way beyond that. You can build whole virtual worlds, move in time and space, etc.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

It’s a stand-alone. It was conceived that way and the story was told to the very end. You can stretch a story for as long as you want, but when you finish it and tie all the knots, it’s over. You can’t go back and reopen it because you have nothing new to say. It doesn’t mean that you can’t write something new using some of the characters in another setting and another time, like in a sequel. But I have no plans to do it at the moment. I’m moving on to new challenges.

Why did you choose this genre?

I didn’t choose literary fiction. It just happens that the stories that I write are best described that way. It’s not an easy genre, I know. Literary fiction can be anything, it offers no orientation to the potential reader, in contrast to more specific genres like romance or science fiction. But on the other hand you have more freedom. If you write a very beautiful love story set on a space station on Mars in the year 2150, which genre is that? If you call it science fiction, science fiction fans might dislike the romance side; if you call it romance, romance fans might dislike the science side. You’re better off with literary fiction!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I’m very skeptical of advice because there is so much of it out there, and most of it is contradictory. This forces you to pick and choose which advice to follow, bringing you back to square one: if you knew what to do, you wouldn’t be asking for advice, would you? If you happen to find yourself in this situation, my suggestion would be: when you choose, don’t try to do what you don’t believe in and don’t try to be who you aren’t.

Thanks a lot for having me here today, Charlene!

About the Book

Izai_Amorim-On_The–Run-COVER-2016_02_11.inddTitle: On The Run

Author: Izai Amorim

Genre: Literary Fiction

New York City, early 1990s: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it takes to survive, Pablo ironically embraces the very drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Who is he?

What is he really capable of? The question of identity is at the heart of On The Run. More than a

contemporary story of survival, it’s a journey of self-discovery.

Pablo’s voice is funny, sometimes mean and merciless. He moves with nightmarish ease from recounting his adventures to recollecting his early life. Not always politically correct, On The Run gives you an insightful, twisted, humorous, and often disturbing view of conflicting worlds and beliefs: North and Latin America; black, brown, and white; rich and poor; rational and esoteric—and shows how they mix, match, and clash.

Author Bio

“Make me think, make me laugh, make my day!”

That’s why Izai Amorim reads and writes books. He has great interest in the interplay of media, information, and politics in a globalized world and the quest for identity and borders in a worldwide cultural melting pot.

Izai was born and raised in Brazil but spent most of his adult life abroad, briefly in the USA, mostly in

Germany. He was trained as an architect and worked many years in this profession. But his real passion is story telling. At some point in his life he decided to mix storytelling with architecture, changed professions, and became a branding consultant, something that he loves and has been doing to this day.

His first novel, The Games (2013), is a humorous but dark, even mean, political thriller. This mother of all conspiracies shows how information is processed to create and spread the stories needed to establish power structures not accountable to anyone.

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My personal site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/

Book site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/ontherun.html

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Author Interview Traveling Left of Center

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Have you been writing for a long time?

More than half a century! I started writing short stories when I was eight and now I’m… well, never mind how old I am but it’s been a long time! But I didn’t start submitting fiction until more than 20-odd years ago—rather erratically, actually—and had my first piece published in 1996. But I never thought much about getting published. That wasn’t my goal. My goal was, and to some extent still is, just to write.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I have to differentiate between the two types of writing I do to answer this question. Fiction isn’t so much a career for me as a passion, although I am more focused now on getting published than I had been before Traveling Left of Center was released.

But I also write professionally. I started writing for magazines and newspapers back in 1987, and went full-time in 1996. Now I do more copywriting for clients than I do magazine articles. That’s my income—chosen because I am terrible at retail and prefer to be in charge, even if the only person I boss around is me!

What is your favorite story in this collection, if you have any?

It would have to be “Annabelle.” It took decades to get it finished—a lot of starts and stops. But each time I worked on it, it was as if she was telling me a little more about her life. It’s hard for me to believe she isn’t a real person. Second place would be a tie between “The Shop on the Square” and “Skating on Thin Ice.”

What story was the most challenging to write?

“Waiting for Sara” was an emotionally difficult story for me as was “Alice in Wonderland.” The most fun? “Traveling Left of Center” —what I like to call my southern slut story!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Focus first on the work—doing the best you can, getting good feedback from those who will be honest, then editing and revising and polishing it until it glitters. Honor the work and respect the craft. Don’t be in such a hurry to see your name on the book that you give it less than your absolute best. Then, once you’re ready to submit it, recognize that the writing business is a business. Learn all you can about it. Your story is a widget among a million other widgets out there for sale. You need to do all you can to attract the widget-buying market to yours!

 

About the Book

Christie--Traveling Left of Center-printTitle: Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories

Author: Nancy Christie

Genre: Literary Fiction / Short Story Collection

There are some people who, whether by accident or design, find themselves traveling left of center. Unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, they allow fate to dictate the path they take—often with disastrous results.

TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES details characters in life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared. Their methods of coping range from the passive (“The Healer”) and the aggressive (“The Clock”) to the humorous (“Traveling Left of Center”) and hopeful (“Skating on Thin Ice”).

The eighteen stories in TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES depict those types of situations, from the close calls to the disastrous. Not all the stories have happy endings—like life, sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t.

In these stories, the characters’ choices—or non-choices—are their own. But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired.

Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash?

About Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie-2Nancy Christie is the author of the fiction collection, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and two short story e-books, Annabelle and Alice in Wonderland (all published by Pixel Hall Press).

Her stories have been accepted by print and online publications such as St. Anthony Messenger, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Talking River, Wild Violet, EWR: Short Stories, Hypertext, Full of Crow, Fiction365, Red Fez, and The Chaffin Journal.

She is also the author of The Gifts of Change (Atria/Beyond Words), an inspirational book that encourages readers to take a closer look at how they deal with the inevitability of change and ways in which they can use change to gain a new perspective, re-evaluate their goals and reconsider their options. Since its publication in 2004, The Gifts of Change has been released in three foreign editions.

Currently Christie is working on several book projects, including a second collection, a novel and a book for writers. The founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day, and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Short Fiction Writers Guild (SFWG), Christie hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, OH.

Website: www.nancychristie.com

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1048768.Nancy_Christie

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Author Interview The Watermelon King

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Have you been writing for a long time?

 Hmmm, not really. I didn’t start writing until 2007 when I began documenting a four-month backpacking trip across India. Prior to that it would have been nearly impossible to get me to write anything more than an email. I didn’t even do my book reports in high school.

What inspired you to start a writing career? 

I didn’t necessarily want writing to become a career. I really just wanted to document and share interesting experiences with people. So far, it’s always taken the form of adventure travel.

My first really big writing endeavor was when I started the online publication, This Boundless World. It was (and still is to some extent) a travel website that showcases articles and guides on adventure travel. At our peak we had about 60 writers contributing content.

After that, this project (The Watermelon King) began to manifest as a way to combine a series of short stories written by my father and a three-month backpacking trip across East Africa. It seemed like a great way to pay tribute to where I came from as well as share a little bit of my own experiences.

Is this book a stand alone or part of a series? 

This book will be a stand-alone novel. There are no plans to write a full series. However that’s not to say people haven’t been requesting it.

Why did you choose this genre?

 

It was never deliberate. It just kind of happened that way. Writing started as a way of documenting my long backpacking trips through other countries. From there, it grew and eventually The Watermelon King became a reality.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

The hardest part is just sitting down and doing it.  So find a way to force yourself to write.  Create a time each day/week/month where you have absolutely nothing else to do, but to write.  Devise a situation where you find yourself absolutely and completely board out of your mind, and let your only possible activity be writing.  Otherwise life’s other distractions might very well win out.

About the Book

The Watermelon King Book CoverTitle: The Watermelon King

Author: Daniel Royse

Genre: Literary Fiction

After being laid off from his job at a prestigious consulting firm, Dean decides to embark on a journey across east Africa with his younger brother. Unknowingly, the two travel into bandit territory through Northern Kenya where a medical emergency forces them to choose between their safety and their health.

Inspired by true events, The Watermelon King follows the journey of two brothers as they backpack across one of East Africa’s most inhospitable regions. As they endure endless days of difficult travel, a series of short stories written by their father begins to uncover some of their deepest motivations and brings to light their connection to the past. Along the way they begin to understand the beauty and frustration of life in Africa.

Author Bio

Daniel Royse - HeadshotDaniel Royse is the founder and editor in chief of the online travel publication, This Boundless World. He has written numerous articles on travel, business and politics. The Watermelon King is his first full-length novel.

Daniel is an obsessive writer and explorer who has backpacked to over 50 countries, spanning five continents. To the disbelief of many, he still enjoys long, hot bus rides through chaotic places.

 

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Book Excerpt The Real Estate of Things

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In the boardroom, Jason and Anh, chairs pulled out at one end and butting armrests, were in rapt discussion. Jason convulsively brought his coffee mug to his lips while Anh draped tightly crossed arms under her skimpy bosom. Jason panned her as Shaku offered him a broad, polite smile, but he only offered a glazed eyes and a knit brow in return. Anh launched the inquisition.
“Shaku, what were doing at the WYREC meeting? I didn’t see any invitation going in your mailbox.”
“I actually am a big fan of Ruth’s,” Shaku lobbed.
“Really, what you do mean, like a groupie?” Jason threw in.
Shaku wanted to erase his smirk by stuffing his mouth with a carrot muffin. She let out low giggle instead, “So funny, Jason. No, actually, I called Ruth’s secretary and said that I heard Ruth was speaking and that I was newly minted agent and that I really thought I could learn from her. Her secretary, said sure, why not.”
“Sure, why not?” Anh launched the next hurl. “What’s her secretary’s name?”
Shaku eyes widened, her teeth biting her lips. “Um, you know, Anh, when you get to my age, you can’t, well, remember everyone’s name. It was Sh- something, Shemara, Shamira, you know.”
As if on cue, Jason and Anh raised their mugs and drank their coffee.
“Really,” Jason uttered again, sniffing. “WYREC is supposed to be for seasoned professionals only, Shaku. You weren’t supposed to be there.”
“I know, and I explained that to Ruth’s secretary…”
“Shemara or Shamira,” Anh interjected.
“Exactly.”
“Maybe it was Shakira,” Jason punted, while Anh snickered.
Shaku dropped her gaze to her watch: enough time to use the washroom before returning for the meeting. When she crept back to the boardroom, the door was opened.
Anh and Jason had vanquished any signs of their accost, their chairs returned to their chaste, original positions at the table. Most of the other agents had filed in and found seats: Aldina, her freshly-highlighted hair drawn up revealing the sinewy muscles of a bronzed neck, Oksana, in a Pucci-esque printed blouse that stretched over her soccer-ballsized pregnancy and flowing, palazzo pants; and Usman the well-read yet irrevocably Total Uncle, with his coarse, taut black hair worn as a weave. Winson hated being the first one in at a meeting; he would wait a few minutes, ensure everyone had moments for their greetings, and settling into their seats before he would swoop in. Melissa X., his assistant, everyone’s assistant really, had arranged for a carafe of coffee, an urn of hot water for the tea lovers, a basket of black and green teas and a tray of biscuits. Melissa X.
must also have set up the projector. On the boardroom whiteboard was the introductory page of a PowerPoint. Soaring to New Galaxies: Evolving SuperStar for the 21st Century.

About the Book

The+Real+Estate+of+ThingsTitle: The Real Estate of Things

Author: Nitin Deckha

Genre: Literary Fiction

The Real Estate of Things is a comedic story about real estate, spirituality and politics in the sprawling, multicultural suburb of West York.

Fifty-­‐something Shaku Sehgal is looking for a new lease of life. With two grown kids and a supportive accountant husband who gardens, she’s followed her best friend, Neelam, into the exciting world of real estate. While she dreams of becoming the premier realtor of West York City, a position currently held by the much envied, Ruth Leslie, Shaku’s languishing at her current brokerage, SuperStar Realty.

To jumpstart her career, Shaku sneaks into a real estate conference and learns about a new redevelopment contest for a local derelict site. Part of the prize is to be an exclusive broker for the chosen new development. Shaku successfully pitches it to her brokerage, teams up with the young up-­‐and-­‐coming realtor, Jason Sevende, and they throw their hat into the contest.

Soon, Shaku and Jason find themselves competing against teams across the city, including Shaku’s friend, Neelam and the doyenne of luxury realty, Ruth Leslie. Not only that, the contest draws the attention of global spiritual guru, Chakra Sahib, and the ire of a seemingly anonymous movement protesting and threatening to derail the whole redevelopment.

Join Shaku, Jason and the band of realtors as they confront obstacles and reflect on the meanings of success, love and friendship in this epic race amongst realtors, The Real Estate of Things.

Author Bio

Nitin Deckha author picNitin Deckha is the author of a collection of short stories, Shopping for Sabzi (2008). His fiction has been published in magazines, edited collections, and chapbooks and he has read his work across Canada, the US and India. In 2010, he was featured as part of the Canadian Writers in Person lecture series at York University, Toronto. Nitin holds a PhD in Anthropology and has taught social sciences for over a decade. More recently, he completed certification in Adult Training and Development (MCATD, CTDP) and crafts and leads learning and organizational change. He lives in Toronto. Contact him at @RealEstateofThi

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Guest Post To The Promised Land

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Today I’m hosting an interview with Michael Boylan, author of literary fiction “To The Promised Land”. Enjoy!

Q: Why did you write this book?

MB: This book fulfills two overall purposes. First, it explores forgiveness. This is a fundamental problem in the human experience. We all do bad things. Most of this is against a particular person. Some are in the unfortunate experience of doing bad things that hurts many people. In this story we have the character of Moses Levi who experiences both: he has betrayed his college roommate, Peter Simon and he has gotten a large chemical company off the hook from any legal damages after the company killed and injured thousands of people.

Q: That reminds me in a small way of the Holocaust.

MB: Yes. Unfortunately group forgiveness is required in so many instances. Just recently in the U.S.A. there was an instance of forgiveness witnessed by the victims’ families of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The perpetrator did not ask for forgiveness, but the families of the victims came forth anyway and offered their forgiveness for this horrendous crime. In other instances it isn’t so simple. The chancellor of West Germany once tried to go to Israel’s Knesset to ask for forgiveness for the Holocaust.

Q: But aren’t there lots of examples like this?

MB: Yes, every single day on a small scale there are instances of group atrocities. The larger ones are thankfully rarer. Each person needs to establish her own position on this. Books like To the Promised Land hope to help get you there.

Q: What about the individual case of forgiveness?

MB: This is very common. There are many models for this. To the Promised Land examines one approach from the Jewish tradition.

Q: What was the second reason you wrote this book?

MB: The book is the third in my De Anima series of novels that examines prominent worldviews loosely based upon the major world religions.

Q: Who is your target audience?

MB: People who want an entertaining story that also gives them something to think about afterwards: an aftertaste, if you will.

About the Book

TTPL_cv_HRTitle: To The Promised Land

Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Mystery

Every student leaving the protected grounds of school wonders: must I now throw away my ideals, or can they guide me through the rough-and-tumble city? The philosopher Socrates’s descent into the bloodsports of business and politics was called “ketabasis.” But for the old college friends Moses and Peter, it is betrayal and murder found in Michael Boylan’s fast-paced and gripping novel, To the Promised Land. Can their friendship, and their morals, survive in the Washington world of corporate crime, backstabbing bosses, floundering do-gooder groups, and a media ravenous for scandal? The old adage, “Do no harm,” is pulverized in Washington’s internecine power-struggles: for nearly every action brings an unexpected harm, and several enemies. Moses leaves the law, seeking atonement for shielding a company that poisoned a town; Peter leaves the small world of the campus, and takes up a controversial campaign to alter affirmative action, seemingly to bring about “the greater good.” Their threads of ethics must do battle against lawyers, private detectives, secretive lobbyists and, looming over all, the charge of first-degree murder. Boylan sets philosophical passions, and an engaged dialogue about forgiveness, inside a film-noir world, where affection, family loyalty, and trust come under threat. Propulsive and witty, To the Promised Land is smart about ideas, and smart about people negotiating justice and power in public life.

—David Gewanter. Professor of English, Georgetown University.

Michael Boylan’s thought-provoking novel, “To the Promised Land,” is a gem. Read it for its suspense-filled, fast-paced action, for the philosophic insights its characters raise as easily as they breathe, or for probing its main mysteries: why did Moses Levi disappear; why did he send his journal to his college roommate; and, more profoundly, how can one heal a guilty conscience or live without harming others?

—Virginia L. Warren, Professor of Philosophy, Chapman University

Author Bio

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 26 books and over 120 articles in Philosophy and Literature. Details can be found at michaelboylan.net.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelboylan22207

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelboylan60

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Release Day Party To The Promised Land

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About the Book

TTPL_cv_HRTitle: To The Promised Land

Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Mystery

Every student leaving the protected grounds of school wonders: must I now throw away my ideals, or can they guide me through the rough-and-tumble city? The philosopher Socrates’s descent into the bloodsports of business and politics was called “ketabasis.” But for the old college friends Moses and Peter, it is betrayal and murder found in Michael Boylan’s fast-paced and gripping novel, To the Promised Land. Can their friendship, and their morals, survive in the Washington world of corporate crime, backstabbing bosses, floundering do-gooder groups, and a media ravenous for scandal? The old adage, “Do no harm,” is pulverized in Washington’s internecine power-struggles: for nearly every action brings an unexpected harm, and several enemies. Moses leaves the law, seeking atonement for shielding a company that poisoned a town; Peter leaves the small world of the campus, and takes up a controversial campaign to alter affirmative action, seemingly to bring about “the greater good.” Their threads of ethics must do battle against lawyers, private detectives, secretive lobbyists and, looming over all, the charge of first-degree murder. Boylan sets philosophical passions, and an engaged dialogue about forgiveness, inside a film-noir world, where affection, family loyalty, and trust come under threat. Propulsive and witty, To the Promised Land is smart about ideas, and smart about people negotiating justice and power in public life.

—David Gewanter. Professor of English, Georgetown University.

Michael Boylan’s thought-provoking novel, “To the Promised Land,” is a gem. Read it for its suspense-filled, fast-paced action, for the philosophic insights its characters raise as easily as they breathe, or for probing its main mysteries: why did Moses Levi disappear; why did he send his journal to his college roommate; and, more profoundly, how can one heal a guilty conscience or live without harming others?

—Virginia L. Warren, Professor of Philosophy, Chapman University

Author Bio

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author of 26 books and over 120 articles in Philosophy and Literature. Details can be found at michaelboylan.net.

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Anniversary Event Saving Babe Ruth

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About The Book

SavingBabeRuthBookCover423x648Title: Saving Babe Ruth

Author: Tom Swyers

Genre: Literary Fiction / Thriller / Sports

Based on a true story, Saving Babe Ruth is an award-winning novel about a family headed by David Thompson, a burned-out lawyer and Civil War buff. When he learns that the town’s youth baseball league is going to fold, David’s love for the sport and for his son, Christy, inspire him to try to save it for the boys in town. David puts his fading career on hold as he struggles to resurrect this dream while at the same time trying to salvage his marriage to his wife, Annie.

Though Christy and Annie want to see him save the league, David finds himself in way over his head; the more he passionately tries to save it, the more he ends up hurting Christy and Annie. It’s a catch-22 that leaves his family wounded and David lost, wedged between his desire to revive the league so he can live with himself, and the desire to heal his family so they can live with him.

When David starts to keep secrets from Annie to satisfy these desires, he weaves a web of deceit that further fractures the family. At the same time, the town wrestles to keep its own secrets under wraps while it almost bursts with people leading double lives. They want David and the league to fail, and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want, even if they have to go through Christy and Annie to get it.

With the help of Johnny McFadden–a newfound friend who’s addicted to baseball–David concocts a plan to defend the league and his family. The pair will have to navigate through a maze of backroom politics, corruption, scandal and crime that extends to the professional sports world. David will have to call upon all of his legal and survival skills to try and turn things around.

Saving Babe Ruth is also the inspiring story about a baseball team full of teenage outcasts struggling to believe in themselves. When the time is right, they’ll face the prospect of having to fight crazy with crazy to save baseball for themselves, their town and beyond.

The novel reveals the underbelly of youth sports that’s hurting communities nationwide today, but readers and reviewers say you don’t have to be a fan of baseball or sports to enjoy the story. Its themes, including one of community responsibility, are beginning to resonate. The story is so powerful that one of the nation’s leading professional sports agents has threatened a lawsuit over the book. The novel has even caused one town to come to a standstill to hold an emergency board meeting over it. Watch this trailer video to learn more about how Saving Babe Ruth came to life.

New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey says Swyers “has created a man for all seasons” in David Thompson and calls Saving Babe Ruth “an absorbing and compulsively readable novel.”

Saving Babe Ruth is the winner of a number of accolades including the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Award for “Best First Book: Fiction.”

If you like fast-paced and humor-laced stories, don’t miss this family’s fight to stay together as it confronts a youth sports underworld loaded with captivating characters.

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Author Bio

TomSwyersProfileAward-winning author Tom Swyers first had an audience on the edge of their seat (and the girls giggling) when his play, The Great Train Robbery, made its debut in the seventh grade.

After high school, he worked his way through some of the best colleges in the country. Employed in a variety of jobs ranging from a late-night convenience store clerk to a fine jewelry salesperson, Tom eventually graduated from college and then worked his way through law school in the caverns of Wall Street.

Since then, he’s studied at the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College. He’s also a member of both the Authors Guild and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

Along the way, he married his high school sweetheart and raised a family. With that came baseball, but that’s another story (Saving Babe Ruth). Tom is also an award-winning youth sports advocate.

When he isn’t writing or reading, Tom is usually running (literally) away from trouble on the back roads of Upstate, New York where he lives with his family and two cats (really two dogs working undercover).

Saving Babe Ruth is his first novel and these are some of the awards it has received:

  • Gold Winner, “Best First Book: Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
  • Silver Winner, “Best Popular Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publisher Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
  • Reader Views, “Best Regional Fiction 2014/2015: Northeast.”
  • Finalist, “Best New Fiction,” 2014 USA Best Book Awards.

Email: SwyersTom@gmail.com

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