by Vince Lane
Category: Supernatural, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Release Date: January 2015
Available In: ebook, 280 Pages
“Jonah” by Vince Lane is a work of literary fiction, a period piece written in accented vernacular. The story is staged in small town Louisiana in the 1930’s during the great depression.
An elderly black hobo “Jonah” shows up begging at the door of two ladies humble shotgun shack. Though they are poor, they feed him. So he returns the kindness doing a couple of odd jobs to repay them. They take a somewhat mystical trusting, and immediate liking to Jonah and offer him a job.
Throughout their time together many amazingly good outcomes happen for the ladies and their families as they are touched by turmoil after turmoil. The story unfolds a murder and cover up involving a prominent Judge who turns out to be responsible for the hit and run death of one of the ladies husbands.
There is tragedy and death involved, but in the end, the human spirit is triumphant when they realize, only after Jonah has left their midst, that he had been an angel sent to help them through some otherwise horrible times.
It’s true that not every book is suited to every person’s taste, but Jonah has many different elements that it should appeal to a wide audience.
I enjoyed reading Jonah and caught myself falling back into a time of great distress in America’s history but it was such a simpler time and when I read a period piece from the Great Depression I often wonder if I wasn’t born in the wrong era. Mr. Lane’s writing is very conducive to wandering back in time. His writing style is very fluid and his characters are written with great depth. My only challenge was reading the vernacular of the time. I do prefer to develop the characters’ voices in my own way in my head.
The story itself, although historical in it’s setting, is filled with mystery and hints of the supernatural. It is a great book to read and I recommend you pick it up.
I give Jonah by Vince Lane four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee and I am looking forward to reading the next novel by Mr. Lane!
© March 31, 2015
It is my pleasure to welcome Vince Lane, author of Jonah, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
Inasmuch as I have not yet hit the best sellers list I have not had the luxury of quitting the day job. I am a building engineer living and working in the Austin Texas area.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
JD Salinger, John Grisham, Steven King
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
The major challenge after writing the book and self-editing is of course to sell the book. I had many… like over 100 rejections before I got a bite. The infamous query letter is key. It is a one or 2 page howdy letter that introduces you, the story, your influences, what authorizes you to write such a story, what other stories it may be likened to; all accompanied by a stellar bio, and all written flawlessly. Once you achieve that it’s a piece of cake.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The super power to make mountains of money for my grandkid, because she deserves everything!
What was your first job?
Delivering TV sets.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
Why, Jonah of course. By the time you find out his secret and realize all the wonderful things he did for you, he’s gone no thanks expected. What’s greater than that?
What does your writing schedule look like?
Any stolen moments of time I can muster when I can shut out the world, sit down at the keyboard, open the floodgates, and let it flow.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
No, but I intertwine my own philosophies and beliefs into my properties.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Titles for me just happen amidst the work, so yes.
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?
A professional singer song writer…because I’m really good at it, just ask!
What are you currently working on?
The life of a serial killer from birth to the gas chamber entitled “Basti-Ani-mal / A Kind Cruelty”
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Jamocha almond fudge.
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Definitely pool.
Walking or fitness club? Walking.
Any last words?
Only to thank you for the opportunity to be here. It was quite enjoyable J
Thanks you for chatting with our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your success!
Vince Lane has been writing most of his life, he first began seriously writing literary material around 1980. At the time he was a musician, singer/songwriter, poet, and professional entertainer living and working in Los Angeles, California.
As a writer Vince Lane has always maintained an unabashed style, paying little if any attention to convention. Unlike many writers, he has never settled down into any particular genre having written sci-fi, horror, supernatural, literary, mystery, action adventure, justice, and experimental fiction in iambic pentameter.
“I have enjoyed writing what I like, what I want, the way I want, and I stay true to that artistic freedom to this day.”- Vince Lane
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