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Two New Interviews

Very exciting! I was interviewed twice this week about my books and my life. I’ve posted links to both if you want to check them out

First, I had a Q and A with Jess C Scott about writing, my favorite poets and my novel in verse, The Brubury Tales, which is now available on kindle. (The Brubury Tales made Amazon’s bestseller list #81 in the UK, #40 in Italy, #99 in Spain!)

And, on April 28th I was interviewed by Laura Lme and Cecilia Francisquini on the Verses In Motion Show on GetYourz Radio | Blog Talk Radio. It was recorded live and you can listen to it now.  In the interview I read an excerpt from The Brubury Tales and discussed the book, its inspiration and origin.

Here’s a link to some previous interviews I did with the Cypress Park branch of the LA Public Library and author Susan Whitfield http://frankmundo.wordpress.com/category/author-interviews/

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Frank Mundo Interview with LA Public Library, Cypress Park

I was interviewed by the LA Public Library in Cypress Park. They invited me to read from The Brubury Tales on March 8th. Very exciting. http://cypressparklapl.blogspot.com/ check it out.

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Author Susan Whitfield Interviews Me, Frank Mundo, for Her Blog

Pretty cool. Author Susan Whitfield turns the tables and interviews me for her blog. Check it out –> here

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The Last Califórnio: interview with author Robert Sanábria

Robert Sanábria, a decorated retired Army lieutenant colonel, is a renowned sculptor and author living in Northern Virginia. Born in El Paso, Texas, he moved at age four with his mother and three siblings to Southern California. There, he spent the next 10 years growing up in a Methodist Church sponsored orphanage for Latino children.
 
A professional sculptor, Sanábria has created 25 major commissions for municipal projects, religious institutions, and commercial and private collectors. His artistic works are included in the permanent collections of 12 museums, synagogues, universities, and public spaces. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland.
 
Sanábria is also the author of two LA-based books: Stewing in the Melting Pot: The Memoir of a Real American and the new thriller The Last Califórnio, which he discusses in detail in the revealing interview below.
 
About the Book
The idea for the book came from the research for Sanabria’s memoir Stewing in the Melting Pot: the Memoir of a Real American. In The Last Califórnio, Mexican journalist Gar Montalvo tries to expose a corrupt government minister after he discovers the minister ordered the murders of Gar’s family. Unfortunately, he becomes a target and flees across the Rio Grande and into the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Gar heads to Los Angeles, where he unveils his heritage of land and becomes involved in a high-stakes game of politics and an unexpected love affair with a beautiful paralegal named Eva Munoz.
 
The Last Califórnioby Robert Sanábria can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BetterWorldBooks, Diablo Rosso, Foyles Bookshop, and Powell’s Books.

 
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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales won Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and The 2011 Bookhitch Award for Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year.

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Meet Deborah Harkness Bestselling Author of A Discovery of Witches and Read Excerpt from Her Book

Deborah Harkness, professor of history at the University of Southern California and bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, will be reading and signing her book Monday February 21 at the Borders Bookstore in Torrance at 7pm. The address is 3700 Torrance Blvd. Torrance.

About the Author
Deborah Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel HouseElizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She also writes an award-winning wine blog, goodwineunder20.blogspot.com . Learn more about Deborah Harkness online at www.deborahharkness.com.  

About the Book
Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense, A Discovery of Witches is a mesmerizing and addictive read that Angelology author, Danielle Trussoni, calls “a strange and wonderful novel of forbidden love and ancient spells that turns every preconception about magic on its head.” 

A Discovery of Witches begins on a late September afternoon when Diana Bishop, a bright, young historian studying amidst the ancient stacks of Oxford ’s Bodleian library, calls up a medieval manuscript of alchemical illustrations.  As soon as she picks it up Diana realizes that the book—Ashmole 782—is an enchanted object of untold power.  As it turns out, Diana is not only a first-rate scholar of seventeenth- century chemistry but also a descendant of a long and distinguished line…of witches.  She’s spent her adult life distancing herself from her supernatural destiny, and after a quick look at Ashmole 782 she sends the book back to the stacks and her magical history with it.

However, Diana isn’t the only one who has noticed that the manuscript has resurfaced, and her discovery immediately sets the fantastical underworld stirring.  It soon becomes apparent that Ashmole 782 is a coveted treasure that’s been lost for centuries and Diana is the first and only being that has met the terms of its spell.  Soon she finds herself beset by members of all three magical species—daemons, witches, and vampires—who swarm upon Oxford , seeking the text.  She finds a crucial ally in Matthew Clairmont, a dashing geneticist and a vampire, whose preeminence in his field has been achieved after years upon years upon years of study.  The two team up to battle the forces rallying against them to unlock the secrets of a manuscript whose pages promise clues to a mysterious past and uncertain future.

Learn more about A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and read an exclusive excerpt of her book at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner.  

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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales is a finalist for Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for poetry.

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The Lake of Dreams: Interview with bestselling author Kim Edwards

Kim Edward’s debut novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, was a huge hit, a #1 New York Times bestseller that challenged and entertained millions of readers around the world – especially the LA Books Examiner.

Intrigued by the book’s horrifying premise (a 60’s-era doctor delivering his own twins decides to give away one of his newborns with Down syndrome and tells his wife their daughter has died) I was quickly caught up in the devastating consequences of the doctor’s actions and ended up, thoroughly impressed with the author’s decisions throughout the book, devouring this literary page-turner in one sitting.

Well, I’m pleased to announce that Kim Edwards is back with a new book called The Lake of Dreams, another complex family drama that I look forward to reading.

According to Edwards The Lake of Dreams is “the story of Lucy Jarrett and her discovery of a hidden past, glimpsed first through fragments of old letters and traces left in stained glass windows. Lucy’s quest through the artifacts of history brings her face to face with the dynamics she fled the summer after her father drowned; it compels her to make an inward journey, too, one that will alter her understanding of herself and change the course of her life.”

On Monday, January 24th at 7 p.m., Kim Edwards will be reading and signing her latest book The Lake of Dreams at

Borders Bookstore in Torrance
3700 Torrance Blvd.
(310) 540-7000

In the meantime, check out my revealing interview with bestselling author Kim Edwards at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner.

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (Viking Adult; January 4, 2011, 400 pages).

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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See).

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Grief Transformation: Writing and Reading as Therapy

Last week I was a guest on the Living on the Edge BlogTalk Radio show with Andrea Hylen. The episode was called Grief Transformation: Writing and Reading as Therapy.

Host: Andrea Hylen
Guest: Frank Mundo
12/30/2010 5:00 PM – 1 hr

Click here to listen to recorded show

Frank Mundo is a writer and book reviewer LA Books Examiner and the NY Journal of Books and the author of The Brubury Tales. Over the last 17 years Frank has written and published hundreds of stories, articles, essays, poems, book reviews and anthologies. And while Frank’s career clearly reflects his lifelong passions, reading and writing, it wasn’t until his brother’s death just over a year ago that he realized that these activities were more than simply a means of self expression and his personal and artistic goals. They also served as tools to address the challenges of life, expressing emotions and communicating with family and close friends. “The Brubury Tales is a landmark book, in what is going to be — and already is — an exceptional, distinguished literary career.” – Carolyn See, Friday-morning book reviewer for The Washington Post and The LA Times, and bestselling author of Handyman and There Will Never Be Another You. 5 Stars: “A fine collection and not one to be missed” – Midwest Book Reviews 5 Stars: “Poetry, for the modern poetry reader, can teeter on tedious and sing-songy, sometimes disengaging the reader from the subject, but this is not the case here. Frank Mundo’s skill is astounding and has a natural cadence. These stories are intriguing and compellingly human, and soon enough the reading becomes listening.”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/livingontheedge/2010/12/31/grief-transformation-writing-and-reading-as-therapy-guest-frank-mundo

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Deconstructing God: an interview with author Ian Gurvitz

When I received a book in the mail for potential review called Deconstructing God: A Heretic’s Case for Religion by Ian Gurvitz, I was reluctant, to say the least, to review the book. I justified my thinking with the old saying about avoiding discussions of religion and politics in polite company.

But then I watched the hosts of the TV show “The View” storm of the set of their own show after a heated exchange with their guest TV host and author Bill O’Reilly about the building of a Mosque on Ground Zero. Later that week, reporter Juan Williams was fired for comments he made about these events on O’Reilly’s show. These stories became big news and even trumped, in many cases, news stories regarding what I felt was the nastiest, most emotionally-charged mid-term election campaigns I’ve ever seen.

That’s when I realized that “polite company” no longer seems to exist in our country. It’s Us vs Them now. We’re right and they’re wrong and there’s nothing you can say to change our minds. This is our attitude. Tolerance and compromise be damned!

And sure, this is the worst economy we’ve had in 25 years, but must be destroy the good with the bad? Must our beliefs and politics become who we are and not what we do or what we think? Can’t it be that someone else’s thoughts or opinions, even if we wildly disagree with them, are in fact valid and worthy of debate or conversation? Might we even be wrong about some of things we think or believe?

With this in mind, I’d like to introduce Ian Gurvitz, author of Deconstructing God, a new book that’s been generating some buzz about its controversial stance on how we, as a culture define, argue and defend our various systems of beliefs. Bill Maher, talk-show host and outspoken Atheist, has said of the book, “Although I don’t agree 100% with Ian Gurvitz’s analysis of religion — who does on this subject? — I loved reading this insightful, funny, and illuminating book.”

I couldn’t agree more. What I like most about this book, however, is that Gurvitz goes beyond the deconstruction of religion as we know it. It’s not a simple dismissal of religion. After all, it’s easy to tear down “mystical” ideas – Bill Maher does it often and well, and so does Gurvitz in his book. What’s challenging, however, is taking the next step. That is, from the rubble, reconstructing an interesting and sophisticated argument [for religion] in its place. And that’s where this book is truly successful, even if you disagree with Gurvitz’ analysis and/or conclusion.

A native New Yorker, Ian Gurvitz has lived in Los Angeles for the last 20 years, working as a TV Writer/Producer. Author of Hello, Lied the Agent a behind-the-scenes account of the world of TV development, Gurvitz wrote and directed a movie — L.A. Blues — which was released in 2008. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and has published articles in the LA.Times and Creative Screenwriting magazine. Before Hollywood, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and worked toward an M.A. in Buddhist Studies, which involved a year living in Japan, and marked the beginning of a decades-long study of religion, which eventually lead to the writing of this book.

Gurvitz also maintains a blog at IBREAL.BLOGSPOT.COM.

You can purchase Deconstructing God: A Heretic’s Case for Religion at Amazon.com in paperback, eBook and audio book formats.

Please take a few more minutes to read the revealing interview with Ian Gurvitz at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner

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Hollywood Deception: an interview with bestselling author Shelia Goss

Shelia Goss, author of Hollywood Deception, at Frank Mundo's LA Books ExaminerFor would-be writers everywhere, bestselling author Shelia Goss is an incredible role model. She has managed to do what so many writers have dreamed about doing but never had the courage or confidence or whatever it is required to get it done in this tough industry. Her story is so inspiring, and I was honored for the opportunity to interview her about her writing and her life. 

But before we get to that interview, let’s go back to time before her nine bestselling Women’s Lit and Young Adult novels were written, long before the awards and accolades. Let’s go back to the early 2000’s when Shelia was working for a Fortune 500 company, back when Shelia, who’d earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, was as far removed from the creative writing world as anyone could possibly be.

Like many would-be writers, Shelia always had a passion for writing but was on an ambitious career path in the corporate world and had put aside this passion to focus on her career. Little did she know that her company had different plans, plans to downsize, plans for the future which didn’t include her. Shelia, like so many Americans in today’s economy, was laid-off and forced to face the difficult prospect of unemployment.

For many, this free time is a dangerous force, one that could easily give fear and anxiety the foothold they need to upgrade worry into desperateness and despair. But not for Shelia. For Shelia, this was an opportunity, a chance to pursue her true passion and create the kind of career everyone dreams about.

Shelia finished her first novel. She attended writing conferences and workshops and the response was great. She made connections and broke her way into the publishing industry and was on her way to a new successful career.

But it wasn’t easy and success didn’t come overnight. In fact, Shelia was writing to an audience that was largely ignored by the publishing world and the mainstream media: young Black Americans. In this 2005 article from the New York Times, we learn how Shelia and a handful of other African-American writers, without the support of the publishing industry, were penning popular books for an audience that could no longer be ignored. 

Hollywood Deception by Shelia Goss at Frank Mundo's LA Books ExaminerSince then, Shelia has written nine award-winning, bestselling books for both young adults (The Lipstick Chronicles) and adults alike (Women in Hollywood). Her latest book from her Women’s fiction series is Hollywood Deception, a fun and sexy romance/mystery about a former model and Emmy-winning talk show host whose challenging love life becomes even more challenging thanks to a psychotic stalker. 

Hollywood Deception by Shelia Goss is available on Amazon and on Shelia’s website where you can learn more about her life and her work.

I had the great opportunity to interview Shelia Goss. Please take a few more minutes and read the revealing interview at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See)

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JAX Interview at Pets & Their Authors

My dog JAX was interviewed by Amigo about her life and my new poetry book The Brubury Tales on the Pets & Their Authors blog. It’s a very funny and clever website — and what a great idea!

Here’s the link –> http://tinyurl.com/cj2xw6

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