Monday, December 20, 2010

John Karr-- Van Gogh, Encore

Fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay. Van Gogh, Encore is the novelization of my interest in Vincent Van Gogh and the connections I have with aspects of his life and so many of his works. My horror novel, Dark Resurrection, was revised in October 2007. Asylett Press published my medical thriller, Hippocrates Shattered, and Wild Wolf Publishing has pubbed my heroic sword and sorcery novel, Rhone , in trade print. Rhone will soon be available in ebook from another publisher. My short stories have appeared on webzines, including Allegory and The Absent Willow Review, and now Expressions. More novels are in the marketing queue. I work as an IT Analyst in Raleigh , NC , and attempt to balance family life with writing.

Imagine Vincent van Gogh in our modern world. Suppose, during the last year and a half of his life, when he severs part of his ear and commits himself to the insane asylum, he stumbles into the very circumstance he has longed for his entire adult life -- a family. Would his life change for the better, or would his self-destructive tendencies again prevail? Van Gogh, Encore is a speculative novel based upon the last year and a half of Vincent van Gogh's life. The tale, set in the United States, presents an alternative dimension to the complex and fascinating artist who died impoverished and unappreciated ... while the images he created went on to have global impact, and can be found on everything from vodka bottles to vehicle dashboard covers, television commercials to t-shirts, and whose original works sell for millions.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Entertainment, hopefully. Perhaps some deeper insights into what Vincent van Gogh’s mindset may have been, particularly with the onset of panic attacks and attempts to fight through. Van Gogh, Encore is not a detailed biography/memoir of the man, but an alternate dimension of who he might be if you met him today.

Q: Why did you go indie? Traditional publishing rejected my efforts.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? I don't have one, as this is an unknown genre for me. I feel it is Alternate History because I'm using an historical figure and placing him in the present as if he'd never existed before. Purists of Alternate History want to be taken backward in time, not remain in the present. This is the first book I've read (and written) that does this, though I assume some exist.  

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