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The novels of Donald O'Donovan
Donald O’Donovan was born in Cooperstown, New York. A teenage runaway, he rode freights and hitchhiked across America, served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, lived in Mexico, and worked at more than 200 occupations including telephone psychic, undertaker and roller skate repairman.
A former long distance truck driver, he wrote Highway while running 48 states and Canada for Schneider National. As a volunteer at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles he recorded several western novels, and subsequently studied voice acting with James Alburger and Penny Abshire. O’Donovan lived for two years at the historic Wilshire Royale Hotel while writing Tarantula Woman, and wrote the first draft of Night Train on 23 yellow legal pads while homeless in the streets of LA.
An optioned screenwriter and voice actor with film and audio book credits, Donald O’Donovan lives mostly in Los Angeles.
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Adventure in Greece
2 books - one story
“Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang knows China and writes with insight and passion."
-Daria Berg, Professor of Chinese Culture and Society
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
In 2008, my best pal Fausto Diego Villarreal asked me to help him keep a pledge he’d made to himself to quit writing forever, get a regular job and live a normal life. We were both at the time impoverished and unpublished writers who had spent twenty years trying to batter down the doors of the monolithic New York publishing establishment. Fausto managed to convince me that we needed to stop pissing out a window as it were and salvage what was left of our lives, and at the bar of LA’s historic Wilshire Royale Hotel the two of us shook hands and made a solemn vow to do just that. My autobiographical novel Orgasmo chronicles my disastrous attempt to quit writing forever and pursue the American Dream.
Thoughts of Maria
by Gregory Heath
Author Christy Fearn signs copies of Framed at Newstead Abbey (May 2013)
Author Gregory Heath signs books
Author Susie Duncan Sexton talks with readers at Whitley County Historical Museum
Open Books Welcomes
Author Andrew Asibong
Andrew Asibong was born in the English Peak District in 1977, grew up near Liverpool, and left home at the age of 17 to study Modern Languages at Oxford University. He has since lived in Paris and Nottingham, but settled in 2006 in Haringey, North London, where
he is an active member of the local community, participating in a film collective, a non-hierarchical solidarity network, and a radical reading group.
Mameluke Bath is his debut novel to be published in Fall 2013.