Please note: This is my last author interview for 2019. Going forward, I’ve put this feature on hiatus as I have several books I’m working on for publication in 2020. Thanks for reading and supporting these amazing authors.
Hello everyone! This week, I’m thrilled to bring you a new author. I asked him to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE, which he did.
The best way to learn more about writing is to learn from other successful authors.
Please meet my guest author, Clifford Browder:
Clifford Browder is a writer living in New York. He has published two biographies, a critical study, and four novels in his Metropolis series of historical fiction set in nineteenth-century New York: The Pleasuring of Men (Gival Press, 2011), Bill Hope: His Story (Anaphora Literary Press, 2017); Dark Knowledge (Anaphora Literary Press, 2018); and The Eye That Never Sleeps (Black Rose Writing, 2019).
His blog, No Place for Normal: New York, is about anything and everything New York. His nonfiction title No Place for Normal: New York / Stories from the Most Exciting City in the World (Mill City Press, 2015) is a collection of posts from his blog that won first place in the Travel category of the 2015-2016 Reader Views Literary Awards; the Tenth Annual National Indie Excellence Award for Regional Non-Fiction; and Honorable Mention in the Culture category of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for 2016. Another collection of posts from his blog, Fascinating New Yorkers: Power Freaks, Mobsters, Liberated Women, Creators, Queers and Crazies (Black Rose Writing, 2018) presents short biographies of people who lived or died in New York. His poetry has appeared in various journals online and in print.
A longtime New York resident, Browder thinks New York is the most exciting city in the world. He has never owned a television, a car, or a cell phone. Mostly vegan, he is fascinated by slime molds and a mushroom known as Destroying Angel, never kills spiders, and eats garlic to fend off vampires.Amazon Author Page: Clifford Browder
I write historical fiction and nonfiction. All my historical novels are part of my Metropolis series of fiction set in nineteenth-century New York. Each can standalone, but characters in one often reappear in another. Sometimes the same event is witnessed by different characters in different works, each with a perspective suited to the character.
All these books share the same nineteenth-century New York background, especially the 1860s and 1870s. Those years were incredibly exciting, being characterized by
My nonfiction also deals with New York, past and present, and comprises posts from my blog, “No Place for Normal: New York,” adapted to become chapters in a book. These works can stand on their own.
No Place for Normal: New York / Stories from the Most Exciting City in the World covers such topics as alcoholics, grave robbers, Occupy Wall Street, the Gay Pride Parade, my mugging in Central Park, and an artist who makes art out of a blackened human toe.
Fascinating New Yorkers: Power Freaks, Mobsters, Liberated Women, Creators, Queers, and Crazies offers biographical sketches of people who lived or died in New York, including J.P. Morgan and his nose; Andy Warhol and his sex life; Polly Adler, Queen of Tarts; Cardinal Spellman (was he or wasn’t he?); and Quentin Crisp, the stately homo of England.
Both are absolutely essential. The cover must catch the eye instantly and make the potential reader stop, absorb the cover and title, look at the back-cover blub, and start looking inside.
I have seen this work at book fairs. One of my books has bright colors that attract the eye; anyone coming to the stand sees that one first and looks at it. Then the title gets their attention: the words NEW YORK in bold black letters against a light background.
This prompts people to read the full title: No Place for Normal: New York / Stories from the Most Exciting City in the World. It doesn’t hurt that a circular gold medal pasted on the cover says WINNER in bold black letters, identifying the book as a first-place winner in its category in the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Then people read the back-cover blurb and open the book. This title outsells all my other books at book fairs.
I prefer titles without subtitles for fiction: The Pleasuring of Men, Dark Knowledge, Bill Hope, The Eye That Never Sleeps. The title must intrigue potential readers, make them want to know more.
But for nonfiction, I consider a subtitle essential: Fascinating New Yorkers: Power Freaks, Mobsters, Liberated Women, Creators, Queers and Crazies. I count on the subtitle, combined with the cover illustration, to get them to read the blurb and then open the book.
I do a blog called “No Place for Normal: New York.” I publish a new post every Sunday, and occasionally a midweek post as well. The subjects are anything and everything: New York, past and present. My recent posts covered such topics as:
These posts have given me two nonfiction titles to date, with a third in the offing. The blog has a small but loyal following, many of whom buy my fiction and nonfiction.
I use the blog to advertise my titles and my appearance at local book fairs, but there is a limit to what it can do to sell my books. To increase my sales, I need to do more online, for that is where the big sales are. I’m exploring the possibilities now.
Thanks so much for allowing me this time with your readers.
Blog: No Place for Normal: New York – https://cbrowder.blogspot.com/
Facebook: Clifford Browder
Thank you for stopping by to meet Clifford Browder.
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.