Thursday, January 17, 2013

Guest Post with Author, William Jack Sibley

Below, In the voice of my main character, "Lester Briggs."

1. If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Past definitely. Past is prologue.

2. If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

Manu Ginoblli, George Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Oprah and President Obama.

3. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

"Little Ray", the hat Mr Otis gave me and an empty Wal Mart.

4. What is one book everyone should read? 

The Bible

5. If you were a superhero what would your name be? 

Captain Lovelorn!

6. If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 

The ability to give everyone their perfect soulmate.

7. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

"Tutti-Fruitti" - my Dad's recipe, slowly hand-cranked on a long summers eve, surrounded by family and friends.

8. If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 

Job

9. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

A fried peach pie!

10.  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

(The Author speaking - "I'm the only person on the planet who has MY writing voice!")

11.  Night owl, or early bird? 

Early bird

12.  One food you would never eat?

Beets

13.  Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read the book you're in.

Cause everyone, EVERYONE wants to love and be loved. Sometimes it's a  lark and sometimes a lifelong pursuit. Frequently messy, maddeningly evasive and reliably frustrating it is everything dastardly and divine at once. What it is never not is NOT worth the price of buying a ticket and taking the ride. We are born passengers. All of us.

SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS

"Sibley (Any Kind of Luck, 2002) blends skillful storytelling with a sharp insight into human nature in this darkly humorous, intricately plotted tale of a prison inmate who, through years of correspondence, falls in love with a woman he has never met—a woman who turns out not only to be a gay man, but a closeted gay minister.

Lester Briggs is serving a five-year prison term for stealing—of all things—a church. Out of prison early for good behavior, Lester leaves behind his cellmate and lover of convenience, “Little Ray,” and heads for the small town of Rockport, Texas, where he hopes to find Laurel Jeanette Yancey, the love of his life. He finds instead the closeted gay minister who has been writing to him; the minister’s lesbian sister; a kindly, old gas station manager who offers him advice and later a job; and a whole host of other colorful characters (most of whom end up having some bearing on the plot, however minor). Plotlines reach levels of mistaken identity, confusion and startling coincidence not often seen outside of farce or soap opera, but this infuses the events of the story with a genuine humor and insight that keeps the material fresh. Sibley deftly handles his characters’ emotions, from the brief connection between a distant father and son, to the emotional roller coaster Lester Briggs finds himself on—in love with the mind of a man and the body of that man’s lesbian sister, all while struggling to adjust to the realities of life outside of prison. It’s to Sibley’s credit that the emotional reality of the characters never suffers for the sometimes outlandish convolutions of the plot. Readers looking for an entertaining book with surprising touches of depth and emotion are sure to enjoy this fresh, dramatic tale.

Funny, touching, heartbreaking and insightful."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

WILLIAM JACK SIBLEY - novelist, playwright, screenwriter, rancher

 “What we ran away from so many years ago -- small towns, narrow minds, sexual repression, artistic suppression, suffocating families, unfulfilling jobs, busted marriages, lack of opportunity -- whatever it was, it does come back to bite you in the butt,” says William Jack Sibley.  “What my first novel, Any Kind Of Luck (Kensington Publishing, NYC, August, 2001 -- paperback, August 2002, ISBN: 1575667665) ultimately conveys is that one should never be afraid to face those initial anxiety-provoking terrors -- going home, losing a relationship, career failure, death, illness, loneliness, apathy -- whatever.  When difficult circumstances arise it helps to remember that all we’re really being offered is another brilliant opportunity for growth.” (Any Kind Of Luck  was nominated for the 2001 Lambda Literary Awards - http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/previous_winners/paw_2000_2003.html, runner-up for the Texas Institute of Letters, "Funniest Book of the Year", John Bloom Award, and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award -http://www.forewordmagazine.com/ftw/ftwarchives.aspx?id=20020320.txt,, as well as chapter excerpted in "Southern Lights:  PEN South, Literary Review, Vol II", Manya DeLeon Booksmith, ISBN: 0966460804; and Genre Magazine, chapter excerpt, August 2001 issue.) Any Kind Of Luck has remained the No. 1 seller in the Amazon.com Las Cruces, NM "Purchase Circle", outselling bestsellers on the list including works by Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Hillerman and "Harry Potter" Book 5.  It was the sole August Book Review selection for the Las Cruces, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Book Review Luncheon, moderated by Win Jacobs (8/12/03).

"ANY KIND OF LUCK" was recently added to the "Top 100 Gay Novels In American Literature" - http://www.elisarolle.com/ramblings/top_100_gay_novels_2.htm

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