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ROBERT FRIEDMAN: JOURNALIST/NOVELIST

March 2, 2018

     While working as a journalist for the Stars and Stripes (Darmstadt, Germany), the Athens News (Greece), the San Juan Star (Puerto Rico) and the Daily News (New York), I often felt that the deeper truths of the news stories and the people involved escaped the journalistic form. Don't get me wrong, journalism—as practiced by the truly accurate, fair-minded, determined, judicious purveyors of history's (and I'd say in many cases, good literature's) first drafts—is as important for a functioning democracy as—and this may sound weird—honest, caring, scrupulous politicians. 


     My journalistic endeavors provide me with real-life incidents on which to base plots for novels, and to try to make that intuitive leap into the heart of what or who I'm writing about. I believe that serious fiction is the lie that tells the truth.
     While some of my novels are based on true incidents, I also invent characters and events inspired by the original story to try to explore broader themes, always presenting foremost the personal stories of the characters in all their humanity, good and bad but seldom indifferent.
     All my four (now five) published novels have been set in Puerto Rico. I lived and worked on the island for more than 20 years and became intrigued by the people who live and survive there, and, specifically, how the highly ambivalent relationship between Puerto Rico and the U.S. plays out in personal lives.
     Here's a quote from William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning Albany novelist and former journalist who happened to have once been managing editor of the San Juan Star: "The fact-fiction tension always exists for the journalist-turned-novelist. There's always the compulsion to use your collected information, the power of the event, in some way or another. But you have to transform it. You have to let the information pass through your soul." 
     That's what I try to do. All my novels—Caribbean Dreams, Shadow of the Fathers, Under a Dark Sun, The Surrounding Sea, and now “Island Wildlife”—are listed and reviewed on the Amazon books website. 

Sincerely,
Robert Friedman
Author of ISLAND WILDLIFE: Exiles, Expats and Exotic Others (Aignos 2018)

 

MEET DANIEL BRADFORD, AUTHOR OF WESTERNS

January 23, 2018
Bo Henry's family and characters in this and the subsequent novels evolved from my grandfather's tales and my family legacy. Analogous to the writing of my previous books, as I composed this story, I could not predict the content of the next scene. I witnessed Bo's adventurous life unfold as it was revealed to me upon the screen of my computer.


When writing a story, I do not know beforehand what form it will take. I am simply the conduit through which the story is revealed. In 1988, one aftern...

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MEET E. M. DUESEL

January 11, 2018
As a young adult, E. M. Duesel thoroughly enjoyed acting and dancing, and had the great fortune of being on stage for about six years. During those years, she learned character development and definition. This later became very useful in her writing. With her career as a sociologist, she has been able to combine real life experiences with research into informative and relevant stories, churning personalities she has met along the way into characters with deeply meaningful connections to the n...

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NICHOLAS BYLOTAS, NEWEST SAVANT STORYTELLER

October 26, 2017

Gnosis: Divine revelation. The basis of enlightened authoring, offering visions of this this and future epochs. In this enlightened state, I am gifted stories of the survival of our species, one of which is STORYTELLER (Savant 2017). As I write, I absorb my own stories, looking to becoming an example of how to evolve as a future human being with a fitting mind, body, and spirit. This is my secret way to not just survive but thrive, finding peace and resolving world suffering

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INTRODUCING NOVELIST LYNNE MCKELVEY

October 4, 2017

I always wanted a child. Even before I knew I wanted to be a writer, I hoped that someday I'd be a mother. 


I got my wish. As a new mother – first in my early twenties, and again at forty-five, I spent four unbroken decades raising several children and a stepchild, mostly on my own. Meanwhile, I earned a doctorate in English at UC Santa Barbara, taught the "Great Books" program at St. John's College in Santa Fe and Annapolis, became a political activist, and founded a popular singles club ...


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THE MAGIC OF A. G. HAYES

August 21, 2017


Readers know me as A. G. Hayes, author of the ingeniously compelling, multi-award-winning Koski and Falk secret agent series, including, in order of publication


WHO'S KILLING ALL THE LAWYERS? (Savant 2011)

THE JUDAS LIST (Savant 2012)

IMMINENT DANGER (Savant 2013)

THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015)

FINDING KATE (Savant 2016) introducing my Kate Keenan Special Assignment series

QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) with Raymond Gaynor

THE SOLAR TRIANGLE (Savant 2017)


which, many agree would make an exc...


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MEET AIGNOS AUTHOR NATALIE ROERS

July 7, 2017
As a professional actress, journalist, television news anchor, and voice over artist, I've spent nearly two-thirds of my life telling other people's stories; I'm now bursting at the seams to tell my own! My latest released title, BENEATH THEM, is my first release through Aignos Publishing, an imprint of Savant Books and Publications. BENEATH THEM (Aignos 2017) is a young adult thriller about a mentally disturbed young man who secretly moves into the crawl space underneath the home of a happy,...

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A. G. HAYES DOES IT AGAIN WITH THE SOLAR TRIANGLE

July 6, 2017

My authoring career began with studying television writing at UCLA and resulted in a number of short fiction works for CBS TV and other television production companies. But it was my personal experiences gained during service with British intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East that provided the raw fodder for my beloved Koski and Falk, and later Kate Keenan Special Assignment series of books.


Many readers have asked me where Koski and Falk came from. The co...


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The Rebel Inside SADDAM'S PARROT

June 12, 2017

I've been a rebellious, "misbehaving" individualist since childhood. It carries over to my writing which is dosed with irreverent characters caught up in mischief and troublemaking. Although I graduated from both Harvard and Berkeley and excelled in writing, it took many years for me to escape or maybe transcend dry and rigorous rationalism. 


For me this was actually a return to my individualist roots and the influences of both a mom and great uncle who were artists, terrific story-tellers and...


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2017 Savant Poets of the Year

June 8, 2017
It is my pleasure to present Savant Books and Publications "Poets of the Year" whose selected works are now available in SHADOW AND LIGHT - 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology. Every year our guest editor selects the best of the best poetry submissions to present to the world. This year's featured editor is multi-award-winning author, editor and poet, Helen R. Davis. 



This year we present the poems of twenty-two outstanding poets including, in order of appearance, Rose Seaquill, Bipul Banerjee, Dr. M...
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Daniel S. Get to know new and established Savant authors and what they're working on these days.

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