Monthly Archives: September 2016

Blessed are the speechmakers…

12… and the writers who share their truth. And at ASA College in both my Communications and Comp 1 classes, these fine New Yorkers from around the world, shared their perspectives on love, life, literature, social issues and the fine artworks they discovered at the MET.

I am so proud to have met and worked with you all, and encourage you to keep writing and keep speaking out on behalf of Life, Community and Boundless Goodwill.

Congratulations J. Carter Merwin on “The Tales of Earden”

La_Hire_-_Art_Collection_of_Prince_Władysław_Vasa_-_Detail_-_Sketchbook_of_Hans_von_AachenInterview with J. Carter Merwin

author of ‘The Tales of Earden’ novels, a romance/fantasy/adventure series available in book form and on Kindle from Amazon

How would you describe yourself as an author?

Absolutely selfish! Although I hide it well, I would rather be writing than doing anything else, especially not doing anything for anyone, chores, commitments, meetings, visits…I’d rather be by myself immersed in the world I’ve created, amongst my friends. In fact, now that I think of it, when I was a small child I had 5 imaginary friends. I was an only child and spent a good deal of my time alone. My friends were ghosts and they lived in the closets of our home in Rochester, N.Y. I only remember the names of two of them, “Skinny and Fatty”. Actually, there are ghosts in my world of Earden, albeit much more sophisticated ghosts.

What compels you to write?

Something drives me to create, some spark, I don’t know. If I weren’t writing, I’d be painting. That’s what I went to school for, but really, when I think about it, I’ve been shifting on and off for years between the brush and the pen.

How do characters occur to you?

They just come around the corner at me as I’m writing about a situation or an event. The name comes first and then the quirks of his or her personality. I like character flaws, obsessions, these are the things that make us human and get us into trouble. Perfect people don’t interest me.

Do you have a favorite character?

At the moment my favorite character is a drunken slut of a princess you get to meet in the third novel, The Guardian and the King which I hope will be available this Christmas season. Jermaine is a piece of work, stubborn, spoiled and addicted to cherry wine. She causes no end of trouble for her parents and the man trapped into marrying her.

Why this genre/ time period?

I have always been a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, Sir Walter Scott, Dumas and was fascinated by anything medieval when I was young. In college I was in a group of painters called the “Post Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood”.

How do you do your research?

It depends, mostly on the internet if it’s something I know nothing about, which is an amazing place. For my first book, ‘The Swan and Arrow’ I learned more than I ever wanted to know about knife-fighting and for the second ‘The fledgling’ I spent a lot of time on falconry websites. For the human condition, I rely on my own experiences.

What do you find most challenging?

Getting the action, the fight scenes or the sex scenes described correctly so that the reader can see, and sense everything that is going on. What the characters are experiencing, that’s what’s important to me.

What do you find most rewarding?

Just having someone say they ‘liked’ my book. I’m really immensely grateful to my family and friends, they’ve all been so supportive and encouraging.

 

 

 

Make Time for Poetry!

 

03Looking forward to Love and Other Strangers with the students and faculty of ASA College in Manhattan. Readings will include Shakespearean sonnets in Russian, a selection from “Viente Poemas de Amor” by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a group recitation of “Giving Tree” and many original poetic passages by both our English Composition and ESL writers.

Today’s event will be between 3-5 in Room 935 at the Herald Square campus. Feel free to listen, read, stay for refreshments or just pop in to share a few literary minutes with us.