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Gravy in the Pie By J.H. Hayes
Carl Jr. and Bubba Gene were kissing cousins at age 10—which got them into serious trouble with their fundamentalist parents.
Featured Book: Gravy in the Pie, by J.H. Hayes
I recently featured one of J.H. Hayes’s books, How Christianity Sustains a Gay Man, including an excerpt. Now comes his new novel, just released from Club Lighthouse Publishing. “Gravy in the…
Author J.H. Hayes Joins the Live Mic Podcast
I recently had the pleasure of publishing an excerpt from author J.H. Hayes’s new book, ‘How Christianity Sustains a Gay Man.’ In this newest Live Mic podcast, James talk to me about his life, his …
“I had a terrific childhood before sex came to complicate everything,” writes author J.H. Hayes in a summary of his book. Raised in a Southern Baptist household near Houston, Hayes realized that he was gay during middle and high school; struggling with religious guilt, he escaped through drugs. Hayes recounts the dizzying years of 1975–’82: an arrest, a trip to rehab, his meeting and marrying a woman he met there, his college affair with a married man, his coming out in 1980, and his subsequent divorce a year later. From there, he chronicles his work as an AIDS activist, his second marriage (to his husband), and his relationship with his mother, a devout Baptist who grew to accept her son. Hayes wrote the book in the hope that others will learn from his experiences—which, judging from his synopsis, are many and memorable. Club Lighthouse Publishing (clublighthousepublishing.com). More at jhhayes.com. —Terrance Turner
A recent article on the Huffington Post
Playwright James Trivers' Provocative "Drinks with Mother Teresa" Selected for New Play Lab at 35th Inge Festival
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts..."
-- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
With Shakespeare's birthday fast approaching on April 23, it's gotten me thinking about us writers, we happy few, or indeed we cursed few -- among them, screenwriters Ben Ripley (Source Code) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight), music author Steffan Chirazi (Metallica's chronicle "So What!"), and my neighbor and playwright/author James Trivers.
Writing, oh, writing. For many, there are more close misses than homeruns. Writing drives us crazy, but we can't live without it.
Look at my neighbor Trivers' several decades long story -- for example, he's had two books ("I Can Stop Anytime I Want" and "Hamburger Heaven") published by Prentice Hall; had the screenplay Norma Jean, Jack and Me produced; and, has eleven e-books available through Club Lighthouse Publishing.
Writer James Trivers: All the world's a stage "I'm going through"
Trivers has been at this writing thing for awhile. And he still gets excited by what may happen with a good piece of writing like "Drinks with Mother Teresa," a clever, funny and provocative one-act play which has been selected for presentation in the New Play Lab of the prestigious 35th William Inge Theater Festival -- running from April 20-23 and finishing on playwright Shakespeare's own birthday. Trivers' play is one of only 35 scripts chosen, and the New Lab's goal is to help authors further their work through a public reading and discussion of the work.
The William Inge Theater Festival takes place in Independence, Kansas, in the hometown of William Inge, on the same streets in the town that inspired the young playwright. Writer Inge brought small-town life in America's Midwest to Broadway with several outstanding plays -- "Come Back Little Sheba" (1950), "Picnic" (1953, Pulitzer Prize-winning), "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957). He also earned an Academy Award-winning screenplay award for Splendor in the Grass in 1962 directed by Elia Kazan.
Historical fiction "Young Hitler" Trivers with Claus Hant--Quartet Books
Trivers, who has often mixed non-fiction characters with fictional situations in his writing, explains his inspiration for "Drinks with Mother Teresa":
When I read online that for the last thirty years of her life, Mother Teresa was racked with a crisis of faith, I was fascinated. I believe saints are bilious zealots anyway, single-minded and impossible in their way. Their worldview is simplistic and adamant. I researched her more. I read her bio on my Kindle, and also a telling collection of her letters. In that tome, I saw her word choice and her worldview. When I read that she'd lectured in Las Vegas in 1960, I loved the juxtaposition of a saint in a city where gambling and prostitution is legal. I thought actor/celebrated personality Peter Lawford, a Brat Pack member, would be a perfect foil. I figured they could meet in the Green Room of the Flamingo, and when I cast him as the emcee for her presentation, the story began writing itself.
The interactions between Mother Teresa and Lawford, who was JFK's brother-in-law, are poignant, thought-provoking and often hilarious, and these scenes drive the play.
Besides Norma Jean, Jack and Me, The Phil Spector Incident, and "Drinks With Mother Teresa," author Trivers has blended non-fiction characters with fictional situations several other times, including using Helen Keller, O.J. Simpson and even TE Lawrence (or Arabia). He suggests:
Marrying fictional situations with non-fiction people intrigues me, because it allows me to invent and interpret the stories we read about. For example, my O.J. story is a twentieth century spin on Othello, making him Ojello. When you write about historical or pop culture figures, the audience knows who these people are, you get to put these people under a microscope of your perceptions and dramatize what these people are like. I love reading biographies, as it's a way of witnessing great success and also great failure.
Trivers is also excited about having his play selected for the New Play Lab, expressing:
I'm hoping when 'Drinks With Mother Teresa' is presented as a play-reading at the Inge Festival, it will give me an opportunity to see how it sounds and plays in front of an audience. I also look forward to meeting other writers, producers and seeing that part of the Midwest. Perhaps someone may like it enough to take a step further and place it in an evening of one-act plays somewhere. Who knows, as it's always the roll of the dice. All I know is that the function of art is to entertain, entertain, and entertain. And I hope I've done that with my play.
As the Bard's birthday approaches, the playwright might himself say, "Such stuff as dreams are made on..."
Follow James Trivers and his work at Club Lighthouse Publishing, and check out the Inge Festival.
Amazon Removes Reviews
"I've been buried in a book deadline for all of October, and haven't been paying much attention to anything else. When I finally took some time to catch up reading email, I noticed I had many authors (more than twenty) contacting me because their Amazon reviews were disappearing. Some were the ones they wrote. Some were for their books. One author told me that reviews her fans had written--fans that were completely unknown to her--had been deleted."
Read the complete story at the following
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Stealth Media Group will co-produce the thriller "The Devil's Banker," the London-based company said at the Cannes Film Festival.
Stealth will also structure financing, as well as package and sell the $30 million film to international buyers.
"The Devil's Banker" depicts a political scandal that involves both the Mafia and the Catholic Church. These powerful institutions cause headaches for a British police Inspector investigating a murder in Rome.
Stealth describes it as an unlikely - some might even say unholy - hybrid of such past films as "The Name of the Rose" and "Wall Street".
The original novel and screenplay is by Gary Van Haas, with Patrick Q. Roberts as associate script writer.
Ross Boyask, who heads up Stealth's production and development team, will serve as executive producer along with Stealth's Chief Officer Michael Cowan. Stealth will be co-producing the film in cooperation with Cinema Arts Group.
Stealth says it hopes to start production in 2013.
See full story here.
Victoria Cannon, author of "So So So Good" will be a guest on Channel 1, LA Talk Radio, on Sunday, December 4 @ 5:00 PM (PST).
August 26, 2010 - Author
was interviewed on Blog Talk
radio..about his book "Follow The Falcon"
Confirmation that you will be a
guest on “A Book and a Chat with Steven Kendall”
Information about the show
and the guest through the month can be found on
now over 200 shows under my belt, I really enjoy doing “A Book and
a Chat” and while other shows are charging sometimes over $100 I
still keep mine free of charge. Any books I receive are used for
book charity events.
Barry Eva (Storyheart)
Author of "Across the Pond"
Check out my new radio show blog:
Radio Blog: http://abookandachat.blogspot.com
Humor Blog: http://laughithoughtmytrouserswouldneverdry.blogspot.com
Across the Pond Blog: http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com
Blog Talk Radio Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond
Book Site: http://across-t-pond.com
Amazon Reviews: http://tinyurl.com/o7sokp
August 2, 2010...The Shard Fence
Keith Madsen has been featured at the following sites
here to see a book trailer video of
this thrilling Inspirational novel that will keep you turning the
pages to the exclusion of all else until you have finished reading
The International Ministry is responsible for promoting
mission work in the author's denomination. He is also donating
20% of all proceeds from this book to the missionary school in Belo
Horizonte mentioned in the book.
In early April 2010 our CEO/Editor-in-Chief
Terrie L. Balmer was interviewed about Club Lighthouse Publishing,
it's inception and future direction by Raven and The Writing Desk
Click on the following link to
November 21, 2009 - Maryanne
Paige, author of
Cemetery Gates and
Hidden Shadows will be on a virtual
Blog Tour in December to promote her latest novel, Cemetery Gate,
published by Club Lighthouse Publishing in July 2009. Click
here to visit one of her
stops on the leg of this virtual journey...
Congratulations Maryann, knock the sock off 'em!!!!
We're immensely proud of you!!!
that titillating erotic rock and roll fantasy novel we released
in August of 2009. It has certainly been getting it's share of
attention and coverage by other media sources, all in thanks to the
effort of one of it authors, Cary Stone.
The following link is an interview
conducted with him by Jude Mason at her blog page:
click here to read another
interview with Glass House, a Newspaper in his Australian
Folks it pays to promote your books as much as possible
wherever you can!!!
Also this month, another one of our best
selling Sci-Fi and erotica Authors
R. Richard, released his first
print novel, one which he co-authored with Sunset Thomas. It
is titled "Anatomy of An Adult Film"
by Sunset Thomas and R.
Richard, ISBN: 978-1-935444-20-6.
In July 2008, Club Lighthouse Publishing was featured in online
entrepreneurial Magazine DARE Read the full article at the following