Until I read a really good novel, I forget how much I like fiction. I was introduced to David Bell's novels by a friend and he even came by my house when I hosted a book club to chat with us (the book club was pre-B but I'd love to start one up again).
So I read one, then two, then three of his novels. I love the way that the characters and scenes are set making you feel a part from the get go and all three catch you on the first few pages. When I get stuck in a book, I can't let go until my eyelids will not stay open any longer. Meaning I finish good books in a few nights which make for a few early mornings!
David is so kindly sending me a copy to read before it comes out. And ... he is also very generously giving a copy to one of my readers!! Click on the link below to enter and be sure to read to the bottom to see the answers he gives to my questions. Hope to see you at the launch!
David Bell will launch THE FORGOTTEN GIRL at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library at 6:00 on October 7th.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, author David Bell will be making a donation equal to the price of a book to Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS) for each copy sold at the event. Also, if you're planning to attend the event, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to contribute to BRASS's food pantries.
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LM - What is the name of your recent novel and how did you pick it?
DB - My new novel is called THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, and it comes out October 7th. It took a while to get the name right. But the book is about a middle-aged man who has lost touch with some important people in his life. In one case, the loss of contact came about because of a crime. In other cases, the loss of contact came about for a variety of personal reasons. I think the book is saying we never really forget those people who are important to us, even if we aren’t seeing them or talking to them.
LM - What was your life like before you became an author?
DB - I always wanted to be a writer, so before I ever published anything, I was writing and thinking about writing. I did a variety of things to support myself: waiter, telemarketer, janitor, bartender, bookstore clerk, graduate student. Believe it or not, I enjoyed some aspect of all of those jobs, but I was always working toward a writing career. The truth is I’d keep writing even if no one was publishing my work. I hope that doesn’t happen, but that’s how important writing is to me.
LM - What is the hardest part of creating your own publication?
DB - The hardest part is balancing writing with everything else I have to do in my life. I have a full-time job as a professor at WKU, so that obviously takes a lot of time. I’m married, and we always try to make time to have fun together, usually on the weekends. And on top of all of that I’m writing a book every year. So it’s a lot of juggling, but I enjoy all of it even if it is a lot of work.
LM - What is your favorite part?
DB - My favorite part is the actual writing. I love creating the characters and their stories. There is nothing more gratifying for me than a day spent writing. The rewards are even bigger when one of my books comes out and people tell me how much they’ve enjoyed reading it.
LM - If you could do any other job for a day what would it be?
DB - My current day job as a creative writing professor at WKU would be the other job I would choose. I’m lucky in that I really like my day job. But if we’re really dreaming here about another job, then I’d love to be the starting shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds or Bono or George Clooney. A man can dream…
LM - What would you tell the younger version of you now that you know what you do?
DB - I would tell that younger version of myself to be patient, that good things are on the way. And I’d tell him to enjoy the time he’s in and quit looking ahead to something else. We all tend to do that to some extent, live in the future or the past instead of the now. I’m as guilty of that as anyone.
LM - What is your favorite part about Bowling Green?
DB - I like a lot of things about Bowling Green, which is strange since I didn’t really choose to live here. I just moved here because WKU hired me. But I think it’s a beautiful town with a lot to do. It’s full of friendly people. I really like our house, our neighborhood, and Kereiakes Park. Bowling Green has come to feel like home.
LM - Last but definitely not least, a gun is pointed at your head and you have to choose triple layer black forest cake with chocolate shavings, New York original cheesecake, or fruit?
DB - First, I’d say, “Why are you pointing a gun at my head over something as happy as dessert? Who are you?” And then I’d say, “Do you think I’m nuts? I’m not going to pick fruit when there are two cakes here!” I’d pick the NY cheesecake. Nothing beats that.