Daily Archives June 5, 2011

Author Interview with Gabriel Constans

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Gabriel Constans: In addition to writing, I also work as a freelance journalist, edit other people’s material and provide individual and couple’s counseling a couple of days a week. In the past, I’ve worked as a social worker and grief counselor at Hospice; as a mental health consultant with people in prison and young people and as a chaplain at a community hospital. 

What compelled you to write your first book?

Gabriel Constans: My love to write and engage others in discussion about topics and issues that I found important and relevant.
 

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Gabriel Constans: Ever since high school, when I founded, wrote and edited an alternative high school and community newspaper.
 

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Book Review: HOUR GAME, by David Baldacci

Reading Hour Game, by David Baldacci, was like watching a train wreck as it happened, driving by, then turning around and coming back to sit on the side of the road and watch the recovery efforts. You want to walk away, to drive away, to put it behind you, but you sit there, staring forward, and find you can’t quite bring yourself to leave without figuring out what is going on.

That’s not to say the book sucked; it didn’t. The plot had some high points, and toward the end of the book, I find it much harder to put down and walk away from than the beginning, which really seemed to drag. The problem I had the most with the book was that there were some very unbelievable situations for me, situations that failed me at suspending my disbelief for this universe and these characters.

The second most annoying part of this book was that I I figured out who the main killer was very early on, and while that happens to me quite often, a really good book actually still manages to give me something I hadn’t expected. This one mostly failed to do that, because not only did I figure out the main killer, but I also managed to figure out a couple of subplots too. Not that I got to them the same way the main characters got to the answers, but my answers were right nonetheless, and the characters methods of getting there were a bit suspect to me. It was more like they were jammed in there, to try to make them fit, rather than letting things organically unfold.

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