GUEST POST: How Your Personal History Affects Your Writing by Richard H. Hardy, Author of The Infinity Program


Posted by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery

I had the honor of allowing Richard H. Hardy to present a guest post and also, to introduce himself and his book, The Infinity, to my wonderful followers and readers. Below is his post on How Your Personal History Affects Your Writing, followed by a Bio, Excerpt of the book, Book Summary, and ways to contact Mr. Hardy, and purchase The Infinity Program.

I love to support authors, and am pleased to have Richard here to share his history, knowledge, skill and of course, his book.

 

How Your Personal History Affects Your Writing

My family came to the U.S when I was four years old.  My father was a Chartered Accountant (the British equivalent of a CPA) and he thought he’d have better career opportunities in the USA.  For me, it was a great adventure.  I can even remember seeing the Statue of Liberty when we arrived at New York.

My first great discovery in America was the comic book, especially Superman and Captain Marvel.  Super powers, spaceships, time machines, other worlds—I was just blown away.  To this day I can remember whole panels from these ancient comic books.  I used to pretend that I had come from to America from Krypton.  When other kids were playing in a sand box, I was dreaming about rocket ships to other worlds.

When I was about thirteen years old I bought a bushel basket filled with Astounding Science Fiction magazines from the 1940s.  These timeless classics included writers like Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague Decamp and A.E. Van Vogt.  Van Vogt in particular made a huge impression on me with his Worlds of Nul-A.  The world of non-Aristotelian logic and General Semantics was pretty heady stuff to wrap my mind around.  I was completely hooked by imaginative worlds of Science Fiction.  At first it made me want to be a scientist.  I began to devour non-fiction books about Relativity Theory and Quantum Mechanics.

When I got older I discovered that there was more to literature than just Science Fiction.  Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Ape and Essence led me to Antic Hay and Chrome Yellow, Huxley’s satires about English life in the 1920s.  From there it was on to authors like Thomas Wolfe and James Joyce.  Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was a revelation to me.

The father of one of my college girl friends once said to me, “I never thought I would ever say this to anyone, Richard, but I think you read too much.”  I did and I still do.  Books are one of the great passions in my life.  Put me in a library and I am like an alcoholic in a brewery!  It is this long experience with books that led me to be a writer.  There’s nothing quite like a well made book in your hand.  Nothing can come close to it except 30 or 40 pages of your own work, fresh off the printer.  A love of books and a love of writing go together.  I was very fortunate to grow up in a home that valued both.

 

richard Richard H. Hardy’s Bio:

Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.His family later moved to England and then on to America.After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted to the technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.

 200 The Infinity Program Summary
Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways–Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn’t know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his office’s Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.

Formats/Prices: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Pages: 250
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819336

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: I AM ABRAHAM by Jerome Charyn


Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery

I was pleasantly surprised to be so drawn into this story that I had to stop and remind myself that this was not a first person account of history. Imagine sitting by a stone fireplace with a cup of your favorite drink, listening to the tall, bearded president tell you his life’s story. The characters are plentiful, and individual, and the description is sometimes painted in broad strokes, and at other times, detailed by a fine brush.

I would recommend this book to all those who love historical drama, as well as those who just enjoy a good yarn.

Below you’ll find a summary of I AM ABRAHAM, as well as Mr. Charyn’s bio. There are also all kinds of links for purchasing the book, and reading other reviews, and maybe even an interview or two.

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I Am Abraham Book Summary:

Narrated in Lincoln’s own voice, the tragicomic I Am Abraham promises to be the masterwork of Jerome Charyn’s remarkable career.

Since publishing his first novel in 1964, Jerome Charyn has established himself as one of the most inventive and prolific literary chroniclers of the American landscape. Here in I Am Abraham, Charyn returns with an unforgettable portrait of Lincoln and the Civil War. Narrated boldly in the first person, I Am Abraham effortlessly mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy, in the process creating an achingly human portrait of our sixteenth President.

Tracing the historic arc of Lincoln’s life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews closely to the familiar Lincoln saga. Charyn seamlessly braids historical figures such as Mrs. Keckley—the former slave, who became the First Lady’s dressmaker and confidante—and the swaggering and almost treasonous General McClellan with a parade of fictional extras: wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, speculators, scheming Senators, and even patriotic whores.

We encounter the renegade Rebel soldiers who flanked the District in tattered uniforms and cardboard shoes, living in a no-man’s-land between North and South; as well as the Northern deserters, young men all, with sunken, hollowed faces, sitting in the punishing sun, waiting for their rendezvous with the firing squad; and the black recruits, whom Lincoln’s own generals wanted to discard, but who play a pivotal role in winning the Civil War. At the center of this grand pageant is always Lincoln himself, clad in a green shawl, pacing the White House halls in the darkest hours of America’s bloodiest war.

Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone nineteenth-century humor, and Lincoln’s own letters and speeches, Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons—Robert, Willie, and Tad—is explored with penetrating psychological insight and the utmost compassion. Seized by melancholy and imbued with an unfaltering sense of human worth, Charyn’s President Lincoln comes to vibrant, three-dimensional life in a haunting portrait we have rarely seen in historical fiction.

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Jerome Charyn’s Bio:

Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”

New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,”and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.” Since the 1964 release of Charyn’s first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year.

Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until he left teaching in 2009. In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn’s book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, “The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong.” Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

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