Interview with novelist Alan S. Kessler

Welcome, readers. I’m kicking of a new week with author Alan S.Kessler. He’s sharing a bit about his new novel, Gables Court.
Welcome, Alan.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Married, with four children and a cat that likes me to pet her so
she can take a bite out of my hand. When I’m not writing I teach karate, many
of my students on the autism spectrum
Please tell us
about your current release.
Samuel Baas is a romantic and virgin who wants love and marriage
before sex. After moving from staid New England to the hothouse world of Miami,
he falls in love with Kate, the college girl he wants to marry.
She isn’t interested in becoming anyone’s little wife. For her,
sex is recreational.
A lawyer, Baas represents an accused Nazi war criminal and
Haitians who, if deported, face retribution from the murderous Tonton Macoute.
Head of a crime family, his father takes a special interest in his son’s legal
career. In this complicated world, Baas dates and tries to answer the central
question in his life, “Is love for someone else?”
Loneliness isn’t gender specific nor is alienation just a phase.
Over a span of ten years, Samuel Baas journeys toward
intimacy–and his people.
This novel isn’t erotica or faith-based fiction but as romance,
with a small r, it is about the resilience of the human spirit in our quest to
find love. Although the language is adult, the scenes of intimacy aren’t
graphic. I appreciate how Pearl S. Buck handled sexual matters in The Good
Earth
with the simple sentence: she taught him.
Gables Court also isn’t intended to moralize about what is right or wrong.
Without borders or mass, a mixture of joy, heartache, confusion, and mystery,
love follows its own rules.
What inspired
you to write this book?
Central to the story is what I, a male author, perceive as a gender
stereotype: the young male as sexual hunter, interested in copulation and if
love follows it’s an unintended consequence. Samuel Baas isn’t religious. His
motivation for wanting love and marriage before intercourse isn’t a value
rooted in faith or family values. God for him is an abstraction. His father is
valueless, a murderer; his mother loves cocktails and parties at her country
club. No, Baas’ quest comes from only one place. His heart.
I wanted to write about innocence, about a young man who, perhaps
like many young women, searches for romance and in his journey finds heartache,
joy, disappointment, mystery, while hoping if he finds love he will possess the
courage, wisdom, and strength to accept it.
What exciting
story are you working on next?
A post apocalyptic novel called The Butcher.
When did you
first consider yourself a writer?
Not even now. I am just someone who likes to tell stories.
Do you write
full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than
write and how do you find time to write?
I write in the morning. Teach karate in the afternoon.
What would you
say is your interesting writing quirk?
Sitting at a desk without taking a break.
As a child,
what did you want to be when you grew up?
I never thought that far in the future.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
Without readers, we write only for ourselves which although
guaranteeing wonderful feedback isn’t much fun.
Thanks for joining me today, Alan!

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