Saturday, July 2, 2016

Introducing Author Bruce Judisch

Here's the questions I had for author Bruce Judisch. He's new to me and perhaps to you, also, but I think you'll find him fascinating.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
A friend of mine shared a newspaper from 1896 she found in the attic of her aunt’s house. Here is the unabridged article that was nestled in the bottom corner of an interior page.
Rangeley Lakes, Volume 2. Rangeley, Maine. Thursday, August 20, 1896. Number 13.
The center of attraction Thursday was at the railroad station after the arrival of the 1 o’clock train. There came on that train a “bridal trunk,” anyway, one of the cards attached said: “I’m a bride;” another announced, “We are married.” There was a drawing of a loving couple with wedding bells and a cupid. But the happy couple didn’t come. There was a crowd awaiting the train at night, and again they were doomed to disappointment, but they have the pleasure of looking over the trunk just the same.
I ask you, how can a fiction writer see something like this and not write a mystery? J
 How exciting! How did you find your publisher?
Quimby Pond was my first novel to go indie. I’ve been with a small publisher for a number of years, but I felt it was time to expand the horizons and seek independent editing and cover design—and try my hand at promoting my own work.
Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?
Absolutely! J  I’m working on the sequel to Quimby Pond, a teaser to which I included as an addendum to the book. I’m also completing a trilogy, “A Prophet’s Tale,” which is a novelization of the life of the Old Testament prophet Jonah. The first two books (The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled) are currently available via Amazon, but I’m revising them and will complete the series with Part 3, The Promise Fulfilled. When will they be ready? Well, I’m not quite sure just yet—however, I’ll be quite pleased to let you know when, I am sure. J
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
All kinds. In the fiction arena, my penchant for historicals currently immerses me in Justina Prima’s The Pawnbroker’s Ring.  In non-fiction, I’m getting a lot out of Dale Patrick’s The Rhetoric of Revelation in the Hebrew Bible. My reading preferences are really quite broad.
What has your writing journey been like so far?
I’ve made just about all the mistakes one can make entering the industry (too many to name), wasted countless hours and almost as much money, and still don’t have the marketing thing down. But that’s okay. The love of spinning out a story is what drew me in, and it’s what keeps me going—despite the associated logistics of getting a book on the street and trying to keep it there. If you measure success by the joy of sharing a tale, I’m unsurpassed. If you measure it by the royalty payments, well …
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
I don’t know yet. I’ll get back to you when I cross the last item off my bucket list.  J
Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
I should let my wife Jeannie answer that one—wait. On second thought …
Okay, here’s one. I’ve often wondered if I was born a generation late. I love the Greatest Generation. As horrific as WWII was, the era still intrigues me—the music, the hope coming out of the Great Depression, so much of it. I guess I should have been my dad … or something like that.  J
If you could be a song, what would it be?
Gosh, too many angles on this question. What song do I identify with? Which is the most inspiring? Do I pick a pun on a title? I love music, and different genres appeal to me in different ways. I think, though, if I had to pick one out of the many, it would be When I Fall in Love. The message is so tragically—and inspiringly—true.
Where can we find you online?
I have a poorly kept-up blog (told you I was a horrible marketer). I do keep up with my writing (and have some fun facts about Quimby Pond) on my Facebook author page. You can find my books here.
Tell us about Quimby Pond.
August 20, 1896, Marble Falls, Maine. A festively-adorned bridal trunk arrives on the one o’clock train, but no newlyweds debark to claim it. Curious townspeople gather for the evening train, but again no one shows up. Where was the happy couple? Why was the trunk on that train? And what if it wasn’t a bridal trunk at all…?

Present Day: Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her and her friends, one by one. Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Marble Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time? If not, what have they stumbled into?
Bruce Judisch has been writing fiction for many years.  His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with contemporary and 20th-century historical storylines.
Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh.  Bruce and Jeannie are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.

I so enjoyed "meeting" you, Bruce. God bless your writing.

Do any of you have questions or comments for Bruce?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Bruce is a good writer and QP an excellent read. I understand why he would
want to live in the previous generation, but when I look in the mirror, I
feel like I've been through enough in this one! Truly, it was a time when there
was so much home support for our men/women overseas...looking around today we can
see how important that was. They were the best! :)