OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “ROSE OF SKIBBEREEN,” BY JOHN McDONNELL, “SURVIVAL,” BY JOHN FAHEY AND “FRACTURED,” BY ERIN R. BRITT CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MARCH 22-28:
“BIG IN JAPAN,” BY JENNIFER GRIFFITH
I’m honored that Jennifer would opt to have her novel featured on Snowflakes. Not only is it selling well, but it has strong film possibilities.
“I went to Japan as a missionary during college, and I spent a year and a half there and fell in love with the people and the beauty and the culture. It is amazing! A few years later I started writing romantic comedy, and the idea came up over lunch with my husband to write about Japan. And to write about sumo. BUT…I’m a woman. (Women do not sumo.) And I’m five-foot-one and not sumo size. It was a huge leap to think I could ever get into the mindset of someone doing sumo. But I couldn’t sleep at night because Buck’s character kept bugging me! His story had to be told.
“Research was a bear. Honestly, as I started digging, I couldn’t find much written about sumo online in English. (Since that time, there has been more added, but at the time it was tough!) I combed blogs, read news articles, read the Japan Times, dug up a chart on all the various sumo moves, brushed up on my Japanese (which I could speak fine but not read well), and basically immersed myself in the sumo culture for months. It was fascinating! I might not have caught every nuance of the sport and its politics, but I hope I conveyed a Sumo 101 primer for those who want to know more.
“I started writing BIJ in the summer of 2009, the third week of July, and it debuted in print in the third week of July 2012 at its launch party at a sweet bookstore called Weller Books in Salt Lake City. In the process, I did SEVEN rewrites from the ground up—always keeping Buck’s character’s integrity, but revamping the various situations he had to face and the enemies he encounters and how he triumphs. Oh, and keeping his love interest sweet all along.
“Something of possible interest to readers is that this book has been optioned for film. The producer fell in love with the story and the characters and is working toward production, according to our conversation earlier this month. It’s so exciting! There could be a sumo wrestling romantic comedy coming to a theater near you! Who’d’ve thunk, right?”
“WAR WV,” BY MICHAEL ABRAHAM
This is an environmental novel with teeth. Explains Michael:
“Tragedy strikes often in the coal country of southern West Virginia, one of America’s poorest places. Too often the tragedies are caused by corporate malevolence. When a coal impoundment dam upstream of War, West Virginia, collapses, sending a raging black torrent of death through the hollow, Lucas “Pug” Graham and a band of survivors decide that justice must be done.
“I am continually amazed (and horrified) at the destruction of lives and the natural environments of the central Appalachian coal country. For those exploring the area for the first time, it is an unforgettable, life-changing experience. Through fiction, I wanted readers from a wider geographic area that is so startlingly different from most of America but not 400 miles from our nation’s capital, to visualize the destitution, decrepitude, and misery, while still understanding the resiliency and fortitude of the residents.”
“SECRET FIRE,” BY DENNIS YOUNG
We would be remiss at not including some sci fi and fantasy in our offerings, and Dennis Young’s “Secret Fire” is the first — but certainly not the last. “Secret Fire” is the opening book in his series, “The Ardwellian Chronicles,” which describe:
“A land forged from the fires of strife, blood of heroes, and touch of the gods. Where deeds of great valor, vile evils, and blazing passions intertwine to shape the course of elven and human history within. With family relationships and blood-oaths taking precedence over all, The Ardwellian Chronicles offer stirring tales of high adventure and challenges testing the mettle of the bravest souls and spirits.”