Feb. WordFest features “dark thriller” from Alan Rose

On Tuesday, February 5,  Alan Rose will read from his newest work, a story about suppressed memories and how the forgotten past continues to bleed into one’s present. “The Unforgiven” was recently published as an e-book by Bold Strokes Books.

Alan, the author of two other novels, will also speak about his experience of finding a publisher, and how it reflects the changing face of book publishing.

“Typically, you submit a manuscript, wait months to hear anything, and if it is accepted, you’re looking at one to two years before the book appears. I emailed my manuscript, heard back within a week, and had a book contract within a month, with publication scheduled for the end of the year,” says UNFORGIVEN COVER 9-20-12Alan. “It was all a bit breath taking.”

The increasing popularity of e-readers, iPads and other tablets is providing publishers and authors more opportunities, he says.

“At 75 pages, ‘The Unforgiven’ was too short for a novel and too long for a short story, and probably would never have been published in print, except in a collection of other pieces,” he says. “But as an e-book, it was cost effective to publish as an individual work, and with a quick turnaround time.”

The story is about a man who, in trying to save his marriage, works with a psychotherapist to explore memories from his youth, his friendship with a priest, and specifically events that happened to him at a church summer camp. The publisher’s promotional copy says: “Eventually, he will come to the conclusion that he was molested by the priest; but he is wrong. The truth is much worse.”

“It’s probably the darkest piece I have ever written,” says Alan. “It has a number of twists and surprises and a kicker of an ending that I think helped sell it.”

Also at WordFest, Mary Lyons will be reading from “Matters of The Heart,” a “Valentine collection” of her essays and poetry. Mary says that being a single, middle-aged survivor of a cardiac arrest inspires a unique perspective on hearts, love, and romance. She offers an emotional spectrum, from loving humor to heartbreaking sadness, in these pieces.

How to be a StorytellerDaily News reporter Leslie Slape will read her contribution to the newly published anthology, “How to be a Storyteller: Essays and Advice on the Art of Storytelling.” Fifteen  storytellers share a wide range of advice on how to communicate with passion and skill through storytelling. Leslie’s contribution is written from her point of view as a reporter and  how she has seen storytelling used in the courtroom. She has been a professional storyteller for more than 20 years. Copies of “How to be a Storyteller” will be available at WordFest. The book is also sold at Northwest Gift Gallery in Castle Rock and through Amazon in print and Kindle versions.