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Anyone who has some artistic drive, whether it’s painting, singing, acting or writing, has those qualities we hold up as our role models – even if we have never or will never meet them – and do our best to emulate their success.  I strive to be the next Nora Roberts or Stephanie Meyer or even Dean Coontz, yet it is a journey that I started later in life.  Although not as late as Anna Mary Robertson Moses (a.k.a. Grandma Moses) who started her painting career at 76, I am nonetheless definitely a late bloomer.

This all being said, I received my first royalty check the other day.  I was ecstatic!  I did a little jig of joy! I rushed out and spent it all for a coffee and pastry at my local Starbucks.

Yes, that’s correct.  It was a trivial amount but that was never the goal. Yes, I want to do well enough to make a nice living from my books.  Who wouldn’t?  It was never about the money, not really.  It was always about putting these stories that knock about in my head – demanding to get out – onto paper.

Some people will love them, others not.  That’s fine.

For me, it is the process of putting the story down, bringing characters to life, telling their story that is for me the joy.  Having someone say, “I read your book and OMG!  It is GREAT!” is Wunderbar! Even hearing someone, like my friend J.H. who read my book because she is a friend, letting me know “it really wasn’t my cup of tea…” with a smile and a hug, was maybe not Wunderbar but it was still great!

So I will keep writing and publishing.  Hopefully you will keep reading.  Together, we will get there!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

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Positive LGBT Characters in Fiction

I know and I have many LGBT friends and family members.  They are not some abstract construct:  they are uncles, cousins, aunts, and friends.  I will always have LGBT positive characters in my books, sometimes as main characters as with Through the Fire and sometimes as supporting characters.

Because they are family and friends, because their lives, good and bad, are part of my life, I will always try to portray my Lesbian, Gay and Transgendered folks as honest and real as possible.

In Through the Fire, David is the brother of Daniel, the detective who falls in love with the beautiful Michael.  Michael is not only the employee of David, a doctor, but she introduced David to his now husband Kelly.  While David and Kelly are supporting individuals in the book, we see a glimpse of their family life.

Many transgender people transition late in life such as Caitlyn Jenner and others such as Jaz Jennings, transition very early.  Some do it quietly and even though it is part of their life story, it isn’t the focus of who they are.  You might pass a handsome man or beautiful woman on the street or in the store and never know they are trans and that is fine. Everyone lives their life as loudly or quietly as fits them.

So then, Michael is one of those who transitioned at a very young age.  Being trans is just a part of who she is like having violet eyes and ebony hair.  It’s part of her, but not all.  She is educated and a nurse. She is a loyal friend to David and Kelly, and Auntie Michael to their three children. She is a passionate lover.  She is also the survivor of several brutal attacks due to this one small thing that is a fragment of the many things that makes up who she is.  So, she hides!  Like Lisa Unger’s book, In The Blood, the story is not about Michael’s transition, it about her living her life.

I suppose my point here is that like many people, I have gay, lesbian and transgendered folks in my family.  I love and cherish them for who they are. I want those folks in my books because they are who enrich my life for the better.

To my David…to my Michael…to my Kelly…I want to thank you for inspiring me and allowing me to bring a little of the light you give me to my readers.  XXOO

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

rajlowenstein.net

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HELLO!? HELLO!? IS ANYONE OUT THERE?

Being a new published author is a little like being the first person at the Arctic Circle with only a hungry polar bear as witness.

Great! You did it! Your friends and family all know you have arrived, like the polar bear, they witnessed your process and arrival. Some have purchased a copy of your book, some still wait for their free copy.  You hope…and ask they tell their friends to by “this wonderful book I read, that just happened to have been written by my (fill-in the blank.)

Do they?  I haven’t a clue.

That’s the huge problem I am facing. As a baby author the publisher gives a little help with publicity, the rest is on me.  I know that my eleven year old grandson – Colby – (who is handsome and brilliant – by-the-way) knows more about Twitter, Facebook, and anything doing with social media, than I.   I accepted that years ago when he. At four, he explained how my cellphone worked.

If you don’t know – ask.  This is something I will be doing.  Networking, finding those who know is equally important as setting at the computer and bringing a story to life.

One doesn’t live in a vacuum. Realizing that and asking for help is always a step in the correct direction.  Just be careful of asking the polar bear, remember he was hungry!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

rajlowenstein.net

Search and Discover! Relax and Do Nothing! OR…..Both!

The first book of the upcoming FBI Trilogy is titled, The Cat and the Blue Sky Song.  It takes place in Palm Springs California, which until a week ago was some place I had never been.

Like I had said in a previous post, I have done most of my location research on-line.  However, this trip – while really just a sister’s week get-a-way and an opportunity to visit cousins – was also a search and discover trip as well.

My wonderfully talented sister is doing the art work for the trilogy.  She has already completed the cover art for As Long as You’re Here – the second book and The Blush on a Rose – the third book.

However, Palm Springs is in the desert and neither one of us had been there before.

This was a great opportunity to see the places I had already written in the book and discover a few others I wanted to include.

So, we had a fantastic and relaxing time! I am looking forward to the beautiful art work my sister will be doing almost as much as I enjoyed our week together without our darling husbands, our wonderful children and grandchildren and of course, our animals.

Thanks for your time and remember to keep reading!!

Raj Lowenstein