The Trumpet Lesson – An Interview with Author Dianne Romain

The Trumpet Lesson – An Interview with Author Dianne Romain

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Dianne Romain grew up in Missouri and studied philosophy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. After completing her PhD in Philosophy at UC Berkeley, she taught feminist ethics and philosophy of emotion at Sonoma State University and published Thinking Things Through, a critical thinking textbook. While in California, she practiced fiction writing techniques in a women’s writing group. In Guanajuato, where she lives with novelist Sterling Bennett, she took up the trumpet as research for her debut novel, The Trumpet Lesson. Her current writing projects set in Guanajuato include short stories and a second novel.

 

Topics of Conversation:

  • About “The Trumpet Lesson” and the Inspiration Behind the Story
  • Living in Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Learning to play the trumpet as research for her Novel
  • Bringing diverse characters together
  • Differences between writing fiction and non-fiction
  • Supporting non-profits
  • New projects from Dianne Romain

 

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Fascinated by a young woman’s performance of “The Lost Child” in Guanajuato’s central plaza, painfully shy expatriate Callie Quinn asks the woman for a trumpet lesson ― and ends up confronting her longing to know her own lost child.

When Callie became pregnant in 1960s rural Missouri over thirty years ago, her outraged father, with her mother’s acquiescence, insisted that no one know―and Callie complied. She went away, and she gave up her baby. She did it to protect the baby’s father―a black teen―from the era’s racist violence.

When Pamela, the trumpeter whose music flows from her heart, enters Callie’s life, Callie begins to dream of opening her own heart. But instead she remains silent, hiding her longing and risking giving up everyone she dares to love in order to safeguard her secret. Callie tells herself she does so to protect her daughter, but ultimately, in order to speak, she must confront the deepest reasons for her silence―the ones she’s been concealing even from herself.

 

CONNECT WITH DIANNE ROMAIN!Trumpet_kids_Small.jpg

Website: https://dianneromain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DRomainGTO
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianne_romain
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianne_romain/
YouTube Channel: Dianne Romain

Read our review of “The Trumpet Lesson”

Payback: Tales of Love, Hate, and Revenge – An Interview with Author Steve Bassett

Payback: Tales of Love, Hate, and Revenge – An Interview with Author Steve Bassett

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51shcEQh1GL__SY600_.jpgSteve Bassett was born, raised and educated in New Jersey, and, although far removed during a career as a multiple award-winning journalist, he has always been proud of the sobriquet, Jersey Guy. He has written for several publications, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Salt Lake Tribune. He’s worked for the Associated Press, where his exposés gained national recognition, and CBS television news in Los Angeles, earning three Emmy Awards for his investigative documentaries.

His book, “Golden Ghetto: How the Americans and French Fell In and Out of Love During the Cold War,” was published in 2013. “Father Divine’s Bikes,” Book One in his Passaic River Trilogy was published in 2018. “Payback: Tales of Love, Hate and Revenge,” is the second novel in the trilogy continuing the historical noir crime drama surrounding Newark, NJ in the post WWII era.

TOPICS OF CONVERSATION:

– About “Payback – Tales of Love, Hate, and Revenge” and the Inspiration Behind the Story
– The German-American Bund and the Minutemen
– Redlining then and now – and other parallels in the story to current events
– Personal Interest – on owning a 600 year-old property in Central France and the differences between French and American Culture

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PAYBACK: TALES OF LOVE, HATE, AND REVENGE

Payback – Tales of Love, Hate and Revenge, the second book of the Passaic River Trilogy, is a drama so intense that it would be improbable anywhere but 1946 Newark. Across the country millions were dealing with the loss of loved ones, and horrible memories were being buried for the greater good. But not in Newark. Two mutilated bodies were pulled from the putrid Passaic River, and the sawed-off arm of a third man was found neatly wrapped and tied at the city dump. The three victims were members of the German-American Bund, Hitler lovers who had to pay the price for supporting a murderous madman. Someone was sending a message that only revenge could clear the mind and free the soul.

CONNECT WITH STEVE BASSETT!

Website: https://stevebassettworld.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevebassettworld/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/SteveBassett19

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevebassettauthor

The Trumpet Lesson – An Interview with Author Dianne Romain

The Trumpet Lesson – An Interview with Author Dianne Romain

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rxuwf-d7ba73

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Dianne Romain grew up in Missouri and studied philosophy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. After completing her PhD in Philosophy at UC Berkeley, she taught feminist ethics and philosophy of emotion at Sonoma State University and published Thinking Things Through, a critical thinking textbook. While in California, she practiced fiction writing techniques in a women’s writing group. In Guanajuato, where she lives with novelist Sterling Bennett, she took up the trumpet as research for her debut novel, The Trumpet Lesson. Her current writing projects set in Guanajuato include short stories and a second novel.

 

Topics of Conversation:

  • About “The Trumpet Lesson” and the Inspiration Behind the Story
  • Living in Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Learning to play the trumpet as research for her Novel
  • Bringing diverse characters together
  • Differences between writing fiction and non-fiction
  • Supporting non-profits
  • New projects from Dianne Romain

 

TheTrumpetLesson.jpgTHE TRUMPET LESSON

Fascinated by a young woman’s performance of “The Lost Child” in Guanajuato’s central plaza, painfully shy expatriate Callie Quinn asks the woman for a trumpet lesson ― and ends up confronting her longing to know her own lost child.

When Callie became pregnant in 1960s rural Missouri over thirty years ago, her outraged father, with her mother’s acquiescence, insisted that no one know―and Callie complied. She went away, and she gave up her baby. She did it to protect the baby’s father―a black teen―from the era’s racist violence.

When Pamela, the trumpeter whose music flows from her heart, enters Callie’s life, Callie begins to dream of opening her own heart. But instead she remains silent, hiding her longing and risking giving up everyone she dares to love in order to safeguard her secret. Callie tells herself she does so to protect her daughter, but ultimately, in order to speak, she must confront the deepest reasons for her silence―the ones she’s been concealing even from herself.

 

CONNECT WITH DIANNE ROMAIN!Trumpet_kids_Small.jpg

Website: https://dianneromain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DRomainGTO
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianne_romain
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianne_romain/
YouTube Channel: Dianne Romain

Read our review of “The Trumpet Lesson”

How to Get the Most from Internet Radio Broadcast Interviews

Susan Violante
Managing Editor

Often the first idea that comes to mind when considering using interviews to promote our books is the airwaves via talk radio and real-time TV shows. The idea of reaching a large audience and becoming a celebrity by making an appearance for a few minutes is very appealing but It’s also not realistic. The Internet radio, however, offers a different type of exposure. The podcast or video interview stays online indefinitely available to anyone at any time. The audience of the show is the book’s target market, as readers search for a specific topic. These Internet shows often offer longer interviews (some up to 30-60 minutes) for the author to promote their book and website. Below are some ways authors can make the most out of Internet broadcasts:

  • Book different shows that talk about different topics covered in your book, sot that you can reach a wider audience in diverse areas. For example, for my book set up in Europe during WWII I could look for shows highlighting Historical, War, PSTD, Italy, Italian Migration, writing a book about your parents…etc.
  • Send different topic list and sample questions to all shows to make sure you have different interviews and don’t end up with several interviews that all sound the same.
  • Plan sale promotions and events around the interviews – announce the interviews on your website to get more traffic.
  • Make sure you mention your website and book title a few times throughout the interview. Be personable and cordial with host and have sound bites ready to mention that listeners can remember easily after the show is over that will prompt them to visit your site or Google your book.
  • Have an audio commercial of the book ready to offer it to the host and sponsor another show with it.
  • Make sure you link the show on your website, Amazon’s Author Central account, etc.
  • Announce your shows on all the online calendars you can reach as well as your social media sites.

Remember your online interviews will remain available indefinitely so keep mentioning them on your blog and newsletter with the link!