Monday, October 6, 2014

WELCOME AUTHOR LYNN SOLTE TODAY

Monday Musings
 
It looks like the hummingbirds may be gone for the winter. I haven't seen any at the feeders for a few days. A few stragglers may fly through. The nectar will be there for them until the end of the month.
 
Today, I'm delighted to introduce you to Author Lynn Solte.
 
Bio.
 
"I am and graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature living in Hollywood, Florida.   My professional background includes, but is not limited to, writing/designing fund raising brochures and newsletters for the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Easter Seals, the Concert Association of Florida and ArtCenter South Florida.  In the Blink of an Eye  is my first novel."  

As an addendum, I'm currently working on another YA historical novel -- this one takes place in New Orleans in 1861, at the start of the Civil War (It's about a 15 year old Jewish girl and her best friend, who happens to be her slave, and what happens to their relationship as a result of the War).  I also have a small resume' writing business.  For more info on that, please go to my website
, www.risingstarresumes.com.
About the Book:
In the Blink of an Eye is a suspense-filled historical novel that traces the lives of seven-year-old Rachael Wasserman, a Jewish child, and her family, living in 1938 Vienna.  It begins the night of the Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass,” when Rachael’s father is arrested. With only their fair “Aryan” looks to protect them, Rachael, her mother and four-year old brother leave home to find safety in the perilous, Nazi-occupied streets of their once culturally-enlightened and hospitable city, posing as Germans.  Danger now lurks everywhere, and they narrowly escape exposure many times.
           Their search leads them first to a priest who takes pity, but directs them elsewhere; then to an Austrian baker who provides them refuge in his basement where he is secretly sheltering dozens of other Jews, and where a baby’s cries lead to a tragic outcome; then to their Austrian housekeeper, whose nephews betray them. Finally, in an unexpected and unusual twist, a German SS officer facilitates their welcome by risky escape. 
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Just FYI, the story is told in flashback by Rachael, whose intuition and cleverness play major roles in her family's survival.  Meant as an introduction to the Holocaust for adolescents/early teens, it presents a taste of the horrors inflicted upon Jews, but does not delve deeply into the atrocities committed by the Germans after the 1941 "Final Solution," which called for the extermination of all European Jews.   
 
All historical and geographical information are factual.  While the characters and sequence of events in the story are fictitious, they are based upon true life experiences of those who lived and died under the Nazi reign of terror.
 
Lynn was kind enough to answer some questions for me. Enjoy.
Hi, Lynn. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.   
Now that I think about it, Beverly, my becoming a writer is a bit of a surprise to me.  Maybe it shouldn’t, because I “penciled” my first “book” at age six (written on scraps of notebook paper held together with Scotch Tape, the title was Why I Love My Mother and Father : ); expressing my innermost thoughts on paper helped get me through my teenage years in one emotional piece, and in my early twenties I used writing fiction to distract myself from a difficult episode in my life; but, as much as writing was therapeutic for me, I never thought of it as a “calling.”  It must have been fighting to get out, though, because I found a way to incorporate writing into most of the jobs I held, even when it wasn’t required.  Eventually, I wound up writing and designing fund raising and promotional material for nonprofit organizations -- a career evolution that was fulfilling on many levels.  It wasn’t until my late forties, when I applied and was accepted by the Institute of Children’s Literature, that I felt drawn to writing fiction.  My goal, I decided, would be to educate, as well as entertain, young adult readers.  Whether or not I’m a full-fledged writer is up for grabs (I’m certainly not as prolific as most), but I will say that finishing my first novel, In the Blink of an Eye, was possibly the most gratifying moment of my life (I still remember the chills I felt when I wrote the final line.)  Since then, I’ve written a series of six short stories in rhyme for children four through eight that have yet to be published, and I’m working on another historical novel geared toward the YA audience.  I’m officially retired, but have a small résumé writing business that I love. All things considered, you could say I came to writing organically -- I didn’t plan it or even realize it was happening.  I guess that’s what surprises are made of.
                  
Twitter your newest release in 140 characters or less:  
In the Blink of an Eye is a taut, suspense-filled page-turner that will hold your interest from page one through to the surprise ending.
 
How did you come up with the idea for your book and were there any glitches along
the way?
I’d been trying to come up with a substantive idea for a couple of years and was at my wit’s end, when someone walked into my office and said she’d just seen an episode of the “Jeraldo Rivera Show” in which he interviewed survivors of the Holocaust who had been children at the time.  That was it!  I would write a novel about the Holocaust, written from a child’s perspective.  I never looked back.  
 
You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. What character from a book other than
yours would you want to be stranded there with you?  
Jean Valgean (Les Miserables) because he’s sensitive, smart and physically strong -- which would be very important if I were marooned on a deserted island.  And, he’s not bad looking, either : ) 
 
If we peeked inside your closet, what would we see?  
You’d see the normal things -- clothes, shoes and purses.  You’d also see left over wool and needles from my knitting days, art supplies, “dummies” of my two unrealized “inventions,” a few bottles of wine, a doll I received on my sixth birthday (she’s 67 years old!), and my 1959 Purim Festival “Queen Esther” trophy
Tell us your favorites:
Movie: Can’t name just one: Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, Love with the Proper Stranger
Actors:  Cary Grant, Spencer Tracey   
Actresses:  Katherine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman     
Books:  Crime and Punishment, Solomon’s Song    
Singer or Group:  Barbra Streisand  
Coffee or tea?  Coffee, unless I’m sick
Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?  Fall (I live in South Florida, but I’m originally from New Jersey/New York and miss wearing wool suits/sweaters and boots)
If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?   Romantically speaking, for its charm, its art, its innovation and its lovely, poetic language, I’d choose the turn-of-the-last century past.  However, as a realist, it’s impossible to overlook the fact that living conditions were harsh back then and life spans were short.  I’m not at all that optimistic about what it will bring, but at least we’ll have modern medicine and conveniences, so, by default, I will choose the future.
What is something about you that no one knows?  I love “Roseanne” reruns. 
Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.   I’m working on another YA historical novel temporarily titled “Lydia’s Story.”  The year is 1861, the place New Orleans, Louisiana.  The story is about a 15 year old Jewish girl and her best friend, who also happens to be her slave, and what happens to their relationship as a result of the Civil War. 
Where can your fans learn more about you?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynn.solte
Website: www.risingstarresumes.com
Would you like to share anything else with your fans?  Just that I very much appreciate their support and they can reach me anytime at lynnsolte@gmail.com.  I’d love to hear from them.
Thank you, Lynn, for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. Stop by anytime.
Happy Reading!
 
 

 

9 comments:

  1. What a tragic and riveting time you've chosen to set your story in. I hope many readers find your book and share it.

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    1. Historical novels are some of my favorites, C Lee. This does sound like a good one.

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  2. Your book sounds like a very intriguing and touching story! So does the story you're current writing--good luck with both of them!

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  3. What a difficult subject to tackle.
    Congratulations, Lynn. Break out that wine that's in the closet.

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    1. The subject certainly is, Alex. Time to celebrate.

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  4. Wishing you a huge success with the novel, Lynn!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Lynn. Best of luck to you.

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