Interview with Charley Pearson!

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By Charley Pearson

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August 14, 2018

Medical Thriller

Financially independent, biochemistry genius Stacy Romani grows up off the grid, while her Roma family takes advantage of her knowledge for their own gain.

Watching his family farm struggle, and traumatized by mass slaughter, Aatos Pires wants to heal animals but gets seduced by industry and goes to work for a big pharmaceutical company.

When Aatos’ co-worker Trinity creates a deadly doomsday virus, it puts the world population in jeopardy as it spreads exponentially. . .with no cure in sight.

Stacy and Aatos work alone to find a cure, as the CDC and FBI close in. Will they find a way to stop the plague or will it be the end of the world?

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Book Review: Psycho Analysis by V.R. Stone

31559996This book is a recommendation from Shaine of Wanderer in Neverland and probably my first attempt at reading a psychological, mystery, and thriller genre that has a connection with the medical field. This certain specific mixture of genres and preference are my own personal choices since I have this huge attraction on human behaviour, personality beyond the reputation, and of course, the darkness lies in each of us.

Psycho Analysis is a book that we could presume as dark, vivid, and imaginative. The pretense of the book displays so much connection to reality that inclined the readers more to read the novel. Personally, there are chapters that I find less engaging however there’s an impact on knowing the personality of the suspect more and more that makes me want to finish the book. It is interesting to know the actions, the thinking, the decisions, and the path that a suspect would choose once the trap has been set.

The book wasn’t impactful as I hope it was but it was delivered in such coordinate tone that I can see clearly the results of their actions. What made me continue reading this novel is because I wanted to know more about the past of criminal. Somehow, I’m trying to make myself believe that each person’s personality was affected or at least influenced by their environment, events in life – may it be hardships or achievements, and peers.  And it was stated in the book that there are people who could find pleasure in things that may not seem normal to the society. It challenges the mind of the readers. I’m asking myself the what ifs, the could have been, that maybe those unacceptable actions could be acceptable actions if it weren’t dictated by the law nor by the society.

It definitely stimulates one’s mind and questions their stance on morality. The concept and premise of the book are outstanding, however, it lacks the impact and the story is too predictable. I like how the author crafted the personalities of the characters but the execution of the story gave away too much to made significance to the readers. I could appraise the fast-paced, well-written writing style since I devour the book with just two nights and I commend that by reading Psycho Analysis as my introduction to the genre ignited my curiosity towards the topic.

Psycho Analysis by V.R. Stone is a good story to read if you need some distraction or change in your genre preference. It will make your mind question a lot of things and a conflict in your conscience will fight for what you believe in. The question after reading this book is: How far can human understand a mind of a human? That would seem an irrelevant question but if you will look into it in a deeper level of understanding, fear could invoke because we don’t know what underlying capabilities could human do if we try to go deeper than what we already have.

MY RATINGS: 3.5 STARS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


15643947V.R Stone is the author of psychological crime thriller PsychoAnalysis. The book is set in London, where he lives and works. He also holds a degree in Psychology.

V.R. has always buried himself in stories – films, books, TV – so it seemed natural to make up some of his own. The real world is boring, he’d rather live in the more exciting one that exists on screen or on the page!

Roll the Dice by Wayne Avrashow

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What happens when one of America’s biggest rock stars leaves the Las Vegas stage to run for the United State Senate?

The ultimate celebrity candidate, Tyler Sloan is no stranger to politics – his estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost a Presidential campaign. He runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions, and dismisses special interests and lobbyists.

Sloan is caught in a political campaign fraught with; sexual scandal, corruption and conflicting loyalties.  Will he be able to navigate through political turbulence and his own past to win the race?

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THE SWEET SPOT IN FILM ADAPTATIONS OF BOOKS

            There have been countless fiction and non-fiction books adapted to the screen. My list of great films that were derived from books includes the classics; The Godfather, Schindler’s List, Gone with the Wind and the Wizard of Oz. Our entertainment world is richer because of both the books and the films.

            What elements are necessary for a movie to be a great adaptation? What is the ultimate goal? What is the sweet spot?

            First, the disclaimer—in art there are no hard and fast guidelines. It’s art.

            A successful adaptation will have a film that completes the story, creates a universal, visual image to the protagonist, edits out the background details and has a quicker pace for a two-hour film.

            The sweet spot is when a movie is true to the novel’s characters, pacing and plot; but conveys unique qualities that result in a movie as memorable as the book. The movie needs to enhance the most memorable moments of a book. Ideally, a film maker respects the novel, but trims what needs to be trimmed and focuses on what needs to be focused on. Ideally, the director has a new “take” on the novel.

            There are numerous reasons why a book is a natural starting point for a movie—the novel has the story, characters and plot. A screenwriter does not begin with a blank page. The latest adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie is a classic story with numerous television and film adaptations. A screenwriter can read the novel and place the characters in numerous locales and scenarios.

            A novelist focuses on characters, plot and pacing. The novel has the time to complete the characters, fills in the blanks of their thinking and motivations. The novelist does not have the worries that plague filmmakers of actual filming; lighting, sound, inclement weather, temperaments of actors and directors or logistics that exist in films.

            A great film immerses the viewer with sight and sound. The visual images and expansive sound transport you when sitting in a dark theater or living room. This is where the director’s imagination comes to life. One of the most enjoyable aspects of any adaptation is to hear the dialogue spoken by a great actor or actress.

            The purpose of adapting a novel is to illustrate and create visual depth to the author’s work. Books are far more detailed and offer their own rich, compelling experience. A good read is: thought-provoking, escapism, illuminating, and ideally, makes the reader pause to think about the meaning or characters of what they just read. When I close the book of a good novel, I yearn to read the next chapter. A good read is a long and satisfying meal. A novel’s pace is always slower than the film. I savor a good novel far longer than a two-hour film.

            Let’s look at four book-to-movie adaptations. Critics of the film The Hunger Games claim the film was too similar to the novel, it was too faithful. I loved both the novel and film, The Godfather. The audience was hooked in the film’s opening scene with Marlon Brando’s memorable half-speak, half-mumbles. One wave of the great actor’s hand spoke volumes.

            The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel. Yet both film adaptations fell short, despite great actors; Robert Redford in the 1970s and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013. The novel’s characters and dialogue possessed emotional insight, but the 2013 film appeared chaotic with its visual explosions of color and decor.

            J.K. Rawling’s Harry Potter has a unique place in the pantheon. My wife and I read the novels to our young sons until they could read for themselves. The novel forces its readers to employ their imagination with the characters. Reading the book and visualizing the Hogwarts School was a supremely enjoyable exercise. The movie also delivered. The special effects were outstanding and seeing Alan Rickman portray the life of anguish of Severus Snape was uniquely fulfilling.

            There have been many stories of authors being thrilled or betrayed by the film adaptation. I hope I have that opportunity with my novel Roll the Dice.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


wayneWayne Avrashow was the campaign manager for two successful Los Angeles City Council campaigns and a Deputy/Chief of Staff to those two elected City Council members. He served as a senior advisor for a successful city-wide referendum in the City of Los Angeles, co-authored ballot arguments on Los Angeles County-wide measures, served as Chairman for a Los Angeles County ballot measure, and was a Los Angeles government Commissioner for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Yaroslavsky Institute, a public policy institute founded by long time Southern California elected official, and now UCLA professor, Zev Yaroslavsky.

His background in politics, government, business, and law provides unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns.

Wayne is a practicing attorney who specializes in government advocacy, real estate, and business law. Formerly, he was an officer in two real estate development firms.  As a lawyer-lobbyist, he has represented clients before numerous California municipalities and in Nevada and Idaho. He has lectured at his law school and taught at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. He has also authored numerous op-ed articles that appeared in daily newspapers, legal, business, and real estate publications.  In addition, he is the author of a self-published book for the legal community, Success at Mediation—10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys.

Website: https://www.wayneavrashow.com/

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Triple Cross Killer by Rosemarie Aquilina

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Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters?  In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.

In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.

When Jaq’s friend, the lovely nurse, Rita Rose, takes a chance on love again, she gets caught in Nick’s web. Working with the ME, she joins in, adding her perspective when events take a sinister turn.

Can this diverse team of characters pool their insights, barbs, and taste for bad food to save Rita when she discovers the final clues or will she become the next victim?

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Abel and his Coney Hot Dog’s

Each of the four detectives in Triple Cross Killer have their quirks, but none as pronounced as Sarasota Detective Abel Mendoza with his chronic hunger for Detroit’s American Coney hot dogs. Abel’s appetite for dogs results in a constant detour to sit at the American Coney Island or order take-out. When American Coney is out of range, you will find Abel alternatively eating A&W Coney dogs.

Sarasota Detective Abel Mendoza takes his Coney Island hot dogs seriously. Abel, often to the consternation of his Sarasota partner, Detective Ronald Randall—also known as Rabbit, and Detroit Detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell will neither address nor change his eating habits nor his hot-dog-shaped physique. Whenever the detectives are within smelling distance to the American Coney Island Hot Dog establishment on Lafayette in Detroit you will find them seated at a table where the center of it is filled with Coney Dogs. No one gets between Abel and his hot dogs. And, Abel is aptly pirouetting a happy hot dog dance because 2017 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the Detroit’s American Coney Island.

Abel’s love for Coney dogs began in-utero when during his mother’s pregnancy she lived and worked in Detroit for a brief time after which his father had American Coney Island hot dogs with all the trimmings shipped to her until he was born. For his fifth birthday his mother ordered him a surprise Take Home Coney Kit shipped from Detroit, Michigan to his Sarasota, Florida birthday party. Abel fell in hunger-lust with the specially-seasoned, natural-skin-casing hot dog from Dearborn Sausage and the Keros family secret recipe American Coney Island Chili Sauce developed decades before Abel was born. To this day, Abel piles on the fine mustard and sweet chopped onions that add to the distinctive taste of the American Coney Island Hot Dog. Rabbit carries along chewing gum and mints and air freshener because he knows interfering with a dog and Abel is futile.

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Excerpt

Jaq covered the bed table with Coney dogs, fries, and drinks. “You have to share ’cause we’re starved.” Abel grinned and helped distribute the food from the bag.

Rita grabbed a fry. “Did you leave anything for any other Detroiters at American Coney Island?”

“Look little lady, I plan on eating my share till we’re on the plane.” Abel stuffed a Coney dog in his mouth, then licked his fingers and grinned.

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Shortly after nine thirty, Abel clomped in and called out to Rabbit as he approached. “I’ve got the ticket. Si. But it’s on a really long reel.” He set an A&W bag on the corner stack of papers on Rabbit’s desk.

“Spending time at the American movies again?” Rabbit stuck a straw in the soda lid. “Explains your bearing gifts of soda and chili dogs this early. Americans prefer donuts, bagels, and eggs for breakfast.”

“Si. I’m not married to two women for a reason. You’re beginning to sound like my other wife. I’ll wait till we go to counseling to answer?” Abel’s face contorted like it did when he’d emptied the dog bag. He pushed the bag at Rabbit to take the first helping.

Rabbit reached into the A&W bag. “You’re forgiven, my stomach thinks it’s lunchtime. Try thinking about the phrase: you are what you eat.” He took a long drink. “This additional Mountain Dew will replace my lost hours of sleep.”

Abel lowered his voice. “My wife put me on a diet. She makes green food. This is my only real food.”

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So if you want to hang out with these fun-loving wise-cracking detectives, look for them at your local Coney hot dog vendor. Abel is sure to be causing a Coney hot dog shortage in an area they travel in.

See you between the pages. And, by the way, I love Coney dogs, too!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


RosemarieRosemarie Aquilina is the mother of five children. Elected as a 30th Circuit Court Judge serving in the General Trial Division, after having served as a 55th District Court Judge in Mason, Michigan, she takes pride in public serve.

In 1986, Judge Aquilina became the first female JAG Officer in the history of the Michigan Army National Guard, she retired in 2006 with twenty years Honorable Service.  She is an adjunct law professor at both Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law and has earned teaching awards at both institutions. Judge Aquilina is the former owner of Aquilina Law Firm, PLC, and former host of a syndicated radio talk show called Ask the Family Lawyer.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosemarie.aquilina.7

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AquiRosemarie

15 Authors Who Have Influenced Me

I’ve been tagged by Anna Urquiola Green to do this list. I have a unique list of Authors Who Have Influenced Me and I’ll describe or explain how, when or where they influenced me as a reader and as a person.

rick_riordanRick Riordan will always be on the top of my list. I was a reader back on my childhood days. I love to read everything my hands would grab on. I’m not aware back then but it is one the things that I love to do. Way back in my high school days, I was introduced to Rick Riordan. Specifically, his Percy Jackson and The Olympian Gods Series, I never imagine that I would be so inclined with that book. Picture this out: Even in midnight, I’m still reading the series. And that midnight? There was no supply of electricity. And I couldn’t put the book down. That was then my mother banned me from reading the book by confiscating them. Anyway, she couldn’t do anything. I was a fast reader back then. I read three books a day. And yes, it is difficult to believe but it was true. In the morning, I can imagine the characters are living within me. I remember having a dream with the characters of 39 clues which, I started when my mother confiscated the Percy Jackson series. It’s Rick Riordan and you read everything he writes.

“Bob says hello,” He told the stars.
The Argo II sailed into the night.”

Rick Riordan, The House of Hades

566Paulo Coelho is intimidating — more like his books are intimidating. I always hear my friends recommending him anywhere and with his book, The Alchemist. And I was like, “yeah.yeah..yeah… I know.” but I didn’t indulge myself with his book. Okay, I agree with them that The Alchemist is a good book but I wouldn’t say that it was one of his best. I still prefer his book Adultery. Paulo Coelho is compelling. He knows how to make his book stand out with everyone else. He inspires you with his words and made you realize that there’s more to life than what you are having now. You’ll never know that you were captured by his books. I would totally recommend Adultery and Veronika Decides to Die by him.

“Sin was not created by God; it was created by us when we tried to transform what was inevitable into something subjective. We ceased to see the whole and came to see just one part; and that part is loaded with guilt, rules, good versus evil, and each side thinking it’s right.”

-The Spy, Paulo Coelho

mitch-albomMitch Albom is one of my favorite authors! It started (again) on my high school years. It was the days when the teachers wanted her students to submit a book report and my sister doesn’t want to read a book. So, I ended up doing her book reports and that’s the time that I was introduced with Mitch Albom. His’ Tuesdays with Morrie. It was a mixture of emotion. I learned a lot with Morrie while reading the book.

“All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?”

Mitch Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

711u-qk2q5l-_ux250_Kim Holden fascinates me. Her book, Bright Side was a recommendation by a friend. Back in 2015, I only read the book that will pierce through pain, emotionally. The Author herself is a manifestation of a kind and pure soul. She loves to hug people and love to stay positive despite on everything. And you can see it on her books too. Bright Side made me hate life less than I used to. I just know that you’ll just love her books just I loved them like how I love Kim Holden, herself!

“Don’t judge each other. We all have our own shit. Keep your eyes on yours and your nose out of everyone else’s unless you’re invited in. And when you get the invitation, help, don’t judge.”

Kim Holden, Bright Side

colleen-hoover-408567071_bannerColleen Hoover is the author that really made me hooked into Romance. I read Romance before — Jennifer Smith and John Green — but I didn’t really enjoy like how I enjoy my experience with Colleen Hoover. I never knew that it was a New Adult genre and it seems that it was my genre after all. I love how she constructs her words, how she includes different concepts with her books. So far, Slammed is always on the top of my list when it comes to her.

“Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.”

Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us

christine2Christine Brae is one of the most generous and appreciative and stunning women I’ve known! Her books taught me that even the simple form of love can ruin you along the way. I had a chance to talk to her and to interview her and do you know what I felt when reading her answers? Surreal. Inspired. Overwhelmed. It was one of the purest forms when a person touches your heart through words. That was her. She was the kindest among I’ve known and I know that she will be loved along the way.

“Remember that the mind is a powerful thing. You can convince yourself of anything. But at the end of the day, it’s your heart that you have to contend with. It doesn’t bend as easily as your mind.”

-In This Life, Christine Brae

3433047Sarah J. Maas‘s books really had an impact on my reading. I am a fan of hers and I love her books. Her books made me think outside the box, out of my comfort zone. Celaena, her character, made me see the foreshadowing of life with little glimpses of actions. I wish I met her when she had a signing here in the Philippines.

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

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Michele Amitrani is one of those rare authors who are male and both at the same time has a male POV characters with their books and a Science-Fiction as a genre! It is surely one of my rare gems finds when it comes to a book. What really struck me with his books are his life teachings and how he tried to explain the concept of his book in the simplest way by using word play and putting teachings with his words. It feels like everything that he writes in the book is simply his character. And I just liked it. His book is one of the books that I wished I could read for the first time.

“Sometimes the final victory cannot be obtained without a calculated number of losses. A strategic retreat can sometimes be the best alternative to avoid total defeat.”

-Omnilogos, Michele Amitrani

ineruda001p1Pablo Neruda is my favorite poet! I never knew that I will both fall in love and hurt with his words. You could feel his longing and sorrow into his poems — devastating yet beautiful. Signifies the true meaning of life.

Because on nights like this I held her in my arms,
my soul is lost without her.

Although this may be the last pain she causes me,
and this may be the last poem I write for her.”

Pablo Neruda

71dsjtqhmpl-_ux250_Brandon Sanderson will blow your mind off with his books. One of the best things that happened in my life by reading his books. Not yet all but some. He will never fail you to be amazed and to look forward to his next books. I couldn’t describe how indescribable his books are but I tell you. Prepare your mind to be mindblown. I was influenced by his captivating writing style and unexpected plot twist. It will make you think to go out of your comfort zone and try everything that you could even if you don’t want it. You’ll learn from his books – a lot. Manipulation is his best asset. At least, that’s what I think.

“Sometimes, son,” my father said, prying my fingers free, “you have to help the heroes along.”

Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart

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Romina Russell shaped my fantasy and science fiction craving when it comes to her Zodiac Books. I love her books as much as I love her. She’s so kind that she even sends a lot of love overseas! I discover her when I read Zodiac a few years ago — it captured my heart. Reading her book makes me be aware of what I want in life. I learned a lot of lessons from her books. I love Sage Ferez when he is giving his life Philosophies, Miss Trii and Lord Neith for their unusual and brilliant thoughts. Romina taught me that there’s no border between a reader and an author. You could both be a human being, a friend at the same time. No barriers. You can just love because you have a certain point of interest. I love you, Romina!

“Sometimes the best way to love someone is to let them go”

Romina Russell, Wandering Star

Mia Asher greatly influenced my thinking when it comes to love. She writes openly and very westernized book or what we easterners call liberated book. I don’t mind it. I once read Arsen and the book, specifically, the author taught me that there’s a lot of kinds of love and not all the love that you wanted will be the way it is. A lot of times, love is complicated. It will tear you apart, break you into pieces and often times, it will crash you to the point you don’t want to love. Mia Asher portrays the biggest heartache that I could ask for her books. It was devastating but I love it because it was so realistic that I grieve for the characters. Decisions may not be the best executed but what if even if you try to avoid it, that is the only outcome? Thank you, Mia!

“Sometimes not being in control, not being able to think, just losing yourself in the moment, is the greatest feeling in the world. It’s liberating. It’s addicting. It’s the most powerful high you’ll ever get. It’s a kind of freedom that tastes so sweet on your palate that you can’t help but want more each time you have it.”

Mia Asher, Arsen: A Broken Love Story

cynthia_hand_2014Cynthia Hand is a YA Contemporary Author that really struck into my mind because of her book The Last Time We Say Goodbye. I love it. It tackles suicide in a very different perspective and very timely for its awareness. Aside from 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, this book literally nailed the YA stereotyping of love. Grab the book and learn from it. It was beautiful.

“You never know when it’s going to be the last time. That you hug someone. That you kiss. that you say goodbye.”

Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye

23murakami1_span-jumboHaruki Murakami is an author that I looked up to and the best impression that I could offer is that he is an idealist and a philosopher. When I am reading one of his books, I could feel the depth that he sees through life. You could just dive in into his world and books and lost your way through because the information that you’ve been reading. As if, in those moments you are living in the past, present and the possible future all at the same time. It was scary but it was magnificent too. You will love Haruki Murakami. And until you do read his books, that’s where you will understand my feelings and thoughts of him.

“One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.”

Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

mte4mdazndewnjazodm2otqyJack London is the very first author I think — I read a classic from or I don’t know. White Fang is one of his works and I considered it classic. I am so proud that I finish a book that I’m not used to reading. It was great and it teaches me that whatever your race is or whatever your blood line is or your character to the impression of you of others, you can’t judge someone by their physical appearance. They may be scary but sometimes an appearance are just an act of self-defense. They are hurting too at some point, but not all those who hurt are bad. I just love how Jack London writes it and trying to implicate the injustice system of human life.

“The aim of life was meat. Life itself was meat. Life lived on life. There were the eaters and the eaten. The law was: EAT OR BE EATEN. He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralize about it. He did not even think the law; he merely lived the law without thinking about it at all.”

Jack London, White Fang

Interview with Pintip Dunn!

1. What made you include sensitive subjects like suicide, bullying, and pedophilia on your book, The Darkest Lie? What do you think would be the impact of it to your readers?
Honestly, I didn’t set out to write about these topics. They grew organically out of my concept of writing a story about a girl who was grieving her mother’s death — but whose feelings were complicated by the scandal that surrounded that death. In addition, I’ve worked as a counselor for a crisis hotline and wanted to include that setting in my plot. I suppose those topics also flow naturally from such a setting. When I was writing the book, my focus was on telling the story that was the truest to CeCe’s character. My hope is that the story will resonate with readers, as such topics are prevalent in our world today.
  1. After reading your book, I noticed that you have a soft spot for family. You really love your family, do you? If you are going to thank your family for one thing, what would it be?

This is such a lovely question! Yes, I love my family very much. They are, in fact, the most important thing in the world to me. I would thank them for the unconditional love they’ve given me my entire life.

  1. What made you write The Darkest Lie? I think it is completely different from Forget Tomorrow, did you have any difficulty in changing genres?

I wrote The Darkest Lie because I wanted to try a new genre. I agree that the two books are different, but I hope that my readers will see the same complexity of emotion in both novels. I actually did not have difficulty changing genres. It was different, to be sure, but I found it challenging and fun. I love alternating between the two genres now. I think it helps keep my writing fresh.

  1. What is your inspiration for writing The Darkest Lie? Any difficulties in writing the book?

I wanted to write a novel about a girl grieving the loss of her mother. My own mother passed away when I was five years old, and I have felt her loss like a hole in my heart my entire life. I wanted to explore that grief, especially when it has been complicated by the anger and confusion that comes along with a scandalous death. (Just to be clear, my own mother’s death was completely scandal-free!) The writing of the book was not difficult, but in some ways, the subject matter feels a little riskier to me. So, I think there is more difficulty for me in putting this book out in the world to be judged (compared to Forget Tomorrow).

  1. If you will be given a chance to have a date with anyone, dead, fictional or alive, who will it be and why?

If I weren’t happily married with three kids…then I would love to go on a date with the fictional Bellamy Blake, from the tv show “The 100.” I am completely obsessed with this show, and I have a huge crush on Bellamy. He will do anything to protect his sister. (Gee, wonder why this quality appeals to me?)  He’s asked to make really difficult moral decisions, and he’s conflicted about what is right or wrong. Plus, he’s really cute. 😀

  1. What books do you love to read when you are in a book slump?

If I’m in a book slump, I love to read my tried-and-true authors and preferably something light and funny. A Kristan Higgins book never fails me!

  1. Random Question: Top 5 Favorite Foods!!

Ha, I love this question because I’m a total foodie.

salmon toro sashimi

seared foie gras

roasted bone marrow

raw oysters

kir royale of mojito (can I put a drink? If we’re talking my absolute favs, I have to put a drink!)

8. What made you pursue the path to be an author?

I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I was six years old. I didn’t pursue the path; I think it pursued me. I went to law school, got my degree, and was a practicing attorney — but the need to write just wouldn’t let me go.

  1. Share a happy memory of yours when you were a child!

I was perhaps three or four, and I adored roasted chestnuts. There were some cooling on a tray on our kitchen counter. “I want that,” I said to my mom. “What?” my mom asked. “That!” I cried, not quite remembering their name, and for some reason, not pointing, either. “What?” my mom asked again. “That, that!” I repeated.

Well, we went through several more rounds of this, and I ended up clinging to my mom’s neck and crying. Not once did she lose her patience. She painstakingly figured out what I wanted through the process of elimination, and I ended up with my chestnuts, after all.

This is one of the five or six very clear memories I have of my mother.

  1. What is your favorite quote from your book, The Darkest Lie? And why?

“My mother was chaos and passion, devastation and joy. My dad used to say you could reach deep into her eyes and pull out a song. Well, her eyes are closed now, and I’m not sure there’ll be any music in my life, ever again.”

I love this quote because it gets right at the core of the book: CeCe’s grief for her mom.

  1. What does your name, “Pintip”, mean?

It is a Thai name and it means “harp in the heavens.” “Pin” is an ancient Thai harp, and “tip” means heavenly.

  1. Name 5 books and authors that influenced you as a person.

The following are the books that have influenced me most as a writer:

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

The Host, Stephenie Meyer

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Harry Potter, JK Rowling

  1. If you are going to define what love is, what will be your own version of it?

To me, romantic love is someone who will inspire you to be the best possible version of yourself.

Family love, to me, is unconditional. I will continue to love the person no matter what he or she does or doesn’t do.

  1. How do you plot the events, clues, codes and messages on The Darkest Lie? Was it like spur in the moment and you continue on typing the story or you plot it chapter by chapter?

I had a pretty complete outline of the events in the story, but most of the clues came to me while I was actually writing the story. I just went with it, and after I was done writing, I had to go back and layer in the details that would result in those clues making sense.

  1. What do you do in your daily life if you are not writing?

I take care of and play with my kids. I work out on the elliptical machine in my gym while watching one of my reality shows (Top Chef, Survivor, Amazing Race or The Bachelor/Bachelorette). I go out to fabulous restaurants with my husband and friends. And I read!

Lastly, any message to your readers and readers-to-be?

Thank you so much for reading my books! It means the world to me to be able to share my stories.

Super big thanks to Rafael for this interview and blog tour! Simply put, you are the best!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

 

968Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Release Date: 28th of March 2006

Published by: Anchor Books

Wow. Just wow. I just finished reading Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and I don’t know how to express my feelings. Honestly, I don’t have any ideas what the book is all about. Yes, I do sense that the book is mysterious and about treasure hunting because of the cover but far from that I don’t have any slightest idea. Aside from my personal favorite Japanese classic literature Flowers of Grass by Takehiko Fukunaga, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Da Vinci Code added to the list of the books that I will surely remember.

Jacques Saunière, the curator in a museum, was murdered in Paris. The day he was killed was also the day he had an appointment with Robert Langdon, a known historian, and a lecturer. Robert Langdon, unknown of the said appointment with the curator became the only suspect in Jacques’ murder where in fact he didn’t get to meet Jacques on their supposed appointment. The head of the police, Captain Fache, made clear that Robert Langdon will go to jail before the night ends. The twisting and intriguing story of Da Vinci Code will lead you to shocking revelations and belief shattering stories.

Cryptologist Sophie Neveu, the granddaughter of Jacques Saunière, felt bad because she discovered the clues that her grandfather left late and she felt responsible for Robert Langdon, innocent, interrogating and for some reason the only suspect that the Judicial Police Department of Paris has. From the thrilling adventure of Robert and Sophie to the exciting hunting of the treasure that her grandfather is protecting. They both unlock the truth of the history and, on the other hand, the truth about Sophie’s family.

What I like about this book is the:

Crypts: I like how Jacques put double meaning on his clues. From the message he left on his murder, to Leonardo Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa, to the Fibonacci sequence, to the message under the wood box, everything, I liked it. I enjoyed reading Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu figuring out the location, the answers and the ideas behind every word.

Information: One thing that I won’t forget here, are the words:

  • “Hermaphrodite”, I was speechless. The word came from the Greek God “Hermes”, represents the male and Greek Goddess “Aphrodite, which represents the female. I never thought of where the word originated, so, when I read it in the book I was in total awe.
  • “PHI”, this is the golden ratio, in mathematics, art, and architecture, it represents 1.618. We can see and find this everywhere, from bees to humans. Proportion to the height and navel of humans. You will see. Everything from us to our surrounding is Divine Proportion and it is amazing how Dan Brown describes it and how he states that the Divine Proportion can be seen in Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings.

Story Line: I was not totally shocked when revelations at the end of the story revealed — more of I was amazed how Dan Brown put everything in place.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a novel that is worthy to read. I travel from Paris to London, see the arts of the churches and places. I even acquired knowledge that will surely make a difference to my beliefs. I don’t have any expectations from this book before I read it but as I read it, I thought, “I need more!” I can’t seem to put the book down.

This controversial book will surely leave you hanging.

“Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”

MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


630Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”

The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing.

Brown is currently at work on a new book as well as the Columbia Pictures film version of his most recent novel.