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eBOOKS - Unrepentent Self-Promotion!

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Since my books have recently become available in an entirely new medium, I decided to take vast liberties on Local Voices, and interview myself. 

PATCH:  What exactly do you mean by a “new medium?

Shelly:   E-Books!  Those electronic devices we see everybody holding in their hands (instead of something sensible – like a cup of coffee or a chocolate donut.) 

PATCH:  By “electronic devices,” do you mean digital books?

Shelly:   Yes.  Flat screen gadgets that fit into your pocket or purse.  You can expand or shrink the type size to make the text more readable; you can even read an e-Book on your cell phone!  

PATCH:  How do people obtain your digital books?

Shelly:   From Internet books stores or the library.  They are available on Amazon’s Kindle.  Barnes and Noble’s NOOK.  Sonny Reader, iPad, and probably a dozen other devices I’ve never even heard of.  

PATCH:  Which of your books are we talking about?

Shelly:   My six novels, Julian Solo, Origin & Cause, Spent Matches, Weeping, Tabula Rassa, and The Skirt Man.  And a memoir, Come Home. Love, Dad.

PATCH:  The memoir is about your childhood, isn’t it?

Shelly:    Yes.  I grew up on Jackson Avenue in Glencoe.  The book covers the period after I left home to become a writer.  Interspersed among the letters that my father wrote to me in New York – the dominant theme of which was to “Come home” – I tell the story of my remarkable, adorable, creative, iconoclastic father.

PATCH:  Do any of your novels also take place on the North Shore?

Shelly:   The main character in Weeping is very much like I was as a teenager, and her experiences growing up mirror mine in Glencoe.  I just changed the name of the town to Conversation, and moved it Upstate New York. 

PATCH:  What else in Weeping echoes your childhood?

Shelly:   Well…the Victorian house where the fire occurred, the tennis, the bike rides, the babysitting, the neighbors; summer theater in Winnetka; taking photographs at sorority and fraternity parties at Northwestern University when I wasn’t going to New Trier.  Dozens of things. 

PATCH:   You mentioned fire.  What part does that play in your books?

Shelly:    Other than being a writer, I am also a fire investigator. 

PATCH:   Do you work for a fire department?

Shelly:    No.  I freelance for manufactures, insurance companies, and attorneys. My first novel that dealt with fire was called Origin and Cause.  That’s what I do.  I determine the origin and cause of the fire.

PATCH:   How much does it cost to buy one of your eBooks?

Shelly:     Very affordable.  $2.99.

PATCH:    How about your other books?

Shelly:     They are all wonderful, and available in print and audio editions, too. 

PATCH:    Do you have a favorite?

Shelly:     Yes.  Whatever I am writing at the time.

PATCH:    Do you have a website where readers can learn more about them and you?

Shelly:     www.shellyreuben.com.

PATCH:    Can we expect a new book from you anytime soon?

Shelly:      Absolutely.  A fantasy novel for adults called The Man With The Glass Heart.

PATCH:    And when can we expect it?

Shelly:     In time for the holidays.  I promise! 

 

 

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