Readers Become 'Friends' with Main Characters of Michael French's Latest Book
Michael sits down to chat with host Dan Mayfield about his characters social media. You can "friend" Alex Baten and Jaleel Robeson here:
The second wave of Once Upon A Lie book blog tours starts today.
This April tour will feature three types of "blog stops": Reviews, spotlights, and interviews.
Stop by these blogs to check them out!
April 1st My name is Sage ~ REVIEW
April 2nd Indy Book Fairy ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
April 4th Freda Hansburg ~ INTERVIEW
April 6th Celtic Lady's Book Reviews ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
April 7th Mello and June, It's a Book Thang! ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
April 7th The Book Adventures of Emily ~ REVIEW
April 8th Literary Lunes ~ INTERVIEW
April 9th Back Porchervations ~ REVIEW
April 11th Books are Love ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
April 13th Hogwash ~ REVIEW
April 14th Reecaspieces ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
I hope readers of the novel can relate to [the characters'] struggles and impulsive judgments, even when we react by thinking, “no, please don’t do that!” Their lives twist and turn like ours, and realistically not everything ends up tied in ribbons. But life lessons are real.
I try to challenge myself as a novelist by communicating what I understand the world to be. I like reading other writers who storytell a different vision than mine, as their narrative is as unique to them as mine is to me. Everything is about a point of view, realized through three-dimensional characters embedded, hopefully, in a compelling and memorable plot.
In Once Upon a Lie, a story of the Eighties, my two principal characters seem as different as the Americas they live in—one in a white and privileged enclave in Los Angeles, the other a Texas town with walls to climb if you’re poor and black and have the ambition and talent to escape. Their paths cross and a relationship as complex as their differences begins to bloom. Jaleel and Alexandra (“Alex”) deal with societal problem as well as the personal ones they make for themselves. I hope readers of the novel can relate to their struggles and impulsive judgments, even when we react by thinking, “no, please don’t do that!” Their lives twist and turn like ours, and realistically not everything ends up tied in ribbons. But life lessons are real. Jaleel and Alex even have their own Facebook pages, their interweaving stories continuing in the present, picking up where the book leaves off.
Michael's thoughts on writing, politics and everything in between.
Michael R. French graduated from Stanford University where he was an English major, focusing on creative writing, and studied under Wallace Stegner. He received a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He later served in the United States Army before marrying Patricia Goodkind, an educator and entrepreneur, and starting a family.