ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND AN INTERVIEW:
Forty-Eight years of age, Sam resides in Youngstown, Ohio. When not writing and reading, he enjoys a glass of red wine with his muse. NO MAD is his third novel. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY INTERVIEW WITH SAM MOFFIE:
Here are the question Mr. Moffie answered for me...
1. What have you just finished reading?
I just put down The Cider House Rules by John Irving.
2. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?
Four books. The World According to Garp By John Irving. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
3. What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….?
Both a character and story idea usually work in tandem to get me started.
4. What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?
I was born deaf in my right ear.
5. What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?
Damn the rejections. Keep on trying.
6. What is something you would like to share with us about writing your favorite genre in general?
I like being labeled "quirky", so I guess it's fun to write quirky things.
"BINGO'S" REVIEW OF SAM MOFFIE'S NO MAD
Sam Moffie has written a witty and easy to read book about a middle age man's journey-a journey during, and through, a time in his life when he rediscovers himself. Main character, Aaron Abrams, takes this journey as a well developed character the reader will love, laugh, and possibly at times feel sorry for, or embarrassed by. Abrams grows personally and learns much about himself in this happy-go-lucky and well-written tale. This is a fun ride and one I enjoyed.
Mid-40's English teacher and fiction author Aaron Abrams gets wonderful news from his agent that his new book has a deal with a $100,000 advance. Delirious about this, Aaron races home to tell his wife the news only to find she has news for him! He finds her naked with his older brother, also au natural, floating around their pool. Deciding to shock the sexually involved couple as he has been shocked, he dumps ice on them and then proceeds to pack his suitcase and take off with his wonderful dog, Churchill, trying to leave with an "I don't care" impression.
Maintaining a positive attitude, or one that blocks out what happened, Aaron takes off and heads to his agent, Jane Wang's office, where he proceeds to take to bed her assistant Elizabeth. Aaron almost falls for her until he remembers he just fell out of a 20 year partnership and so he begins a journey to do some research for his book.
Along the way, he learns a lot about himself. Part of the book is about college friends/frat boys, and how they change over the years as they make life choices. With that backdrop, you know the humor is going to get a bit more decadent with the subjects ranging from the collegiates' activities and political, as well as social, actions. Newman's Own Lemonade, air-guitars and Jinx, take on new meaning with the story and with Aaron.
Abrams journey from Ohio to New York to Wyoming and finally to Niagara Falls will have you laughing and traveling right along with him. You will find yourself, despite some rather bawdiness and politically incorrect parts, still rooting for Aaron. The descriptions and use of classic rock music, move the story along and give it more depth because of their significance. The memorable characters that Moffie creates for Aaron to interact with along the way, make the story richer as well as funnier. The sub-plots allow for wandering away from the main theme but also add to the book over all. Everything is cohesive and comes together as we read how Aaron Abrams handles his life changing experience and self-discovery as a result of it.
I highly recommend this book for both men and women. If you aren't a fan of some of the bawdier episodes or language, than you may want to pass but I didn't find any of it gratuitous but rather parts that made up the wonderful whole book called NO MAD by Sam Moffie!
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