Interview with literary novelist Yorker Keith

Literary novelist Yorker Keith is chatting with me today about his
new book, The Other La Bohème.
Yorker Keith lives in Manhattan, New York City. He loves
literature, theatre, classical music, opera, and art. He holds an MFA in
creative writing from The New School. His literary works have been recognized
four times in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing
Competition as a finalist or a semifinalist. 
Welcome, Yorker. Please
tell us about your current release.
The Other La Bohème is
literary fiction that depicts the lives and loves of four friends who pursue
opera singers’ careers in present-day New York City. Jennifer (soprano),
Stephanie (mezzo-soprano), Henry (tenor), and John (baritone) met in music
school in Manhattan, where they performed Puccini’s famous opera La Bohème at
their graduation concert. After graduation they banded together as a group
called the Dolci Quattro, pledging to support one another in their professional
pursuits. Several years later, they have landed the roles of Mimi, Musette,
Marcello, and Rodolfo in the nearly forgotten opera La Bohème by
Leoncavallo—known as “the other La Bohème”—which is to be produced by the New
York Bel Canto Opera.

The novel begins with arias and a duet sung by Henry and
Stephanie in the Café Momus. Jennifer and John come in, and they congratulate
each other on their new roles. Immediately, though, the thoughts of the current
state of their personal lives cool their enthusiasm.

As the story unfolds, Jennifer discovers that her fiancé,
Richard, an investment banker and a fiction writer, is having an affair with another
woman. Stephanie struggles to find a steady love, while perturbed by a strained
relationship with her father, a billionaire hedge fund manager, who abandoned
her late mother. Henry faces a pressure from his family to renounce his
bohemian life for a more respectful career as he meets his new love, Christine,
a poet. John receives a summons for divorce from the lawyer of his wife
Michelle, a painter.

Set in the rich artistic backdrop of New York City, the Dolci
Quattro’s lives and loves go through ups and downs in joy and despair, while
true to their pledge they give one another much-needed moral support. As the
opening night nears, the Dolci Quattro make their utmost efforts to perfect
their singing for the opera that will determine their future.
What inspired to write this book?
Opera has been my passion since my adolescent years. I have sung
operas in workshops, at private lessons, and with opera companies, both in
concert versions and, on many occasions, performing on stage with full costume
and makeup. I have studied acting, painting, and drawing. I love literature and
reads widely. I have been living in Manhattan for many years. I know how
challenging life is for opera singers, musicians, artists, actors, writers, and
poets. In this novel, The Other La Bohème, I have tried to portray
the lives of present-day bohemians as I have lived among them. I am not only
the author of this novel, but also part of it.
What exiting story are you working on next?
My new novel “Awakening of the Summer” will be published
in the early next year. It is literary fiction that depicts a romantic
relationship among a man and two sisters in the mountain resort during their
summer vacation, which is a present-day pastoral story without shepherd and
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
At age seventeen, when I wrote my first novella, which was
published in the high school literary club magazine.
Do you write full-time?
No, I write part time. But during the summer, when I get an idea
of a novel, I write everyday like a mad man. 
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All the best with your writing.

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