On The Wing – Sep 2013
Pegasus Books Authors – On The Wing – September 2013
Featured Interview: Katrina Stamboulieh
On this page, keep up with the latest events involving Pegasus Books authors, events, publications and contest winners. Here we will feature works in progress by our writers, author profiles, book releases, book signings, book reviews, media events and exciting author breakthroughs. If there is a Pegasus Books author whose work you like, track his or her progress or contact the writer on this page. If you would like to schedule an event with one of our writers, we will be happy to secure arrangements.
September 2013 is the culmination of a busy summer at Pegasus Books. On September 23, we are proud to release Against A Tide of Evil, by Dr. Mukesh Kapila. Dr. Kapila, a former ambassador for the Sudan, was the original whistleblower during 2005, alerting the world about the genocide and acts of atrocity occurring in Darfur. For a moment, the world paid attention, but sadly the genocide has resumed in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan’s north. Against A Tide of Evil is the story of Dr. Kapila’s struggle to help tens of thousands suffering crimes against humanity to this day.
Join Dr. Kapila, who will come from Geneva to America during October 2013 for a book tour, beginning on the East Coast, including speaking engagements at Harvard University, Yale University, University of Chicago, University of the Redlands and prominent bookstores across America. Please return to this page regularly for updates and for Dr. Kapila’s schedule as he travels America. This page will also list Dr. Kapila’s media appearances during October 2013. Once it is finalized, the itinerary for Dr. Mukesh Kapila’s United States book tour will be posted on this this website (go to “On the Hoof” for his schedule of appearances in America). For more information about Dr. Kapila and his ongoing effort to stop crimes against humanity in Sudan, please take the time to view the video below.
We are also proud to release a memoir by Barbara Kraft, titled Anaïs Nin: The Last Days. For the unfamiliar, Anaïs Nin was an American author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She wrote novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica, but she was best known for her journals. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously. The American movie, Henry and June, about American writer Henry Miller, was based upon material excerpted from her unpublished diaries. Nin was a friend, and in some cases lover, of many leading literary figures, including Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, Antonin Artaud, Edmund Wilson, Gore Vidal, James Agee, James Leo Herlihy, and Lawrence Durrell. She died in Los Angeles, California on January 14, 1977 after a three-year battle with cancer.
Barbara Kraft is former reporter for Time, and contributor to Washington Post, People, USA Today, and Architectural Digest. Her work has appeared in The Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review and Columbia Magazine. Among the many radio programs she has hosted and produced is Transforming OC, a two-part documentary for KCRW (the award winning Santa Monica-based NPR station) on the 2006 opening of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. Kraft is a Registered Reader at the Huntington Library in San Marino and lives and writes in Los Angeles, California. Please return to this page, especially during the rest of 2013, to see where you might attend an author book signing or speaking engagement for this book. Ms. Kraft is currently working on a book about Henry Miller.
In May 2013, Pegasus Books published a book, a first novel written by former literacy educator, SJ Rose. The book, titled The Seductive Schoolhouse Scandal, was based on actual events from a school district in New Jersey. It is the story of Jack Rumford, a corrupt school administrator operating in an impoverished, neglected, poorly-supervised school district. Finally fed up, reading resource teacher Cindy Stone decides to take on an entirely corrupt system by becoming a whistleblower to the district and state officials. Her actions are met with intimidation in the form of threats, harassment and physical violence, sending a colleague to the emergency room. When the state becomes involved, Cindy can only hope that justice is served before Jack Rumford can exact his revenge.
The response from readers has been excellent, ranging from “wonderfully written” to “courageous.” From a June 2013 article in the Courier Post:
This book is a must read for all educators. If you are not in the field of education for the good of children, you don’t belong there. Impoverished, low income children do not deserve to be taken advantage of by the people who are entrusted with their care. This is the ultimate betrayal. The author has written an insider’s tale about what it is like to be a whistle-blower. This is truly a thought provoking story, says one reader, reviewing the book on Amazon.
SJ Rose has a Master’s Degree in Education. In New Jersey, she taught literacy in urban schools for thirty-five years. During her career as an educator, she became one of the whistleblowers in a situation resembled in The Seductive Schoolhouse Scandal and lived through several dreadful years of intimidation and retaliation. In retirement she became an author. Please periodically return to this page to find out where SJ Rose’s schedule for book signings and author appearances. Ms. Rose took July and August off from book events, but her schedule will resume in September. Book clubs are encouraged to share this book at a Pegasus Books discount rate. Check back to see if, when and where SJ Rose will be available for speaking engagements and events.
In March, 2013, Pegasus Books released Cancelled: Stamps to Die For by first-time author Janet Feduska Cole. The story centers on mystery and suspense surrounding the enigmatic Lünersee Stamps, one of many treasures purportedly stolen by the Nazis during and immediately after WWII. The heroine, Elyse,is confronted with the decades-old cold case when she receives a request from her editor, Artur, who assigns her to write an article on philately.
In the process of conducting research for the article, Elyse contacts her old college friend Karl, an avid philatelist. The revived relationship exposes Elyse to unanticipated secrecy, adventure and danger, taking her through several countries before ending up in our own southwest. Elyse, caught in the intrigue and fleeing for her life, continues her research, uncovering captivating information about the rarest of stamps, fascinating stamp crimes, and the complex psychology of collectors.
Janet Feduska Cole, a native of southwestern Pennsylvania, lives near Chicago with her husband, Ed, a retired business executive, and two poodles, Elmer and Elsie. After receiving her MBA and certification in Technical Communication, Janet worked as a technical and marketing writer for more than twenty years before undertaking her first novel, Cancelled. Watch for Cancelled’s sequel, Addressee Unknown, to be published by Pegasus Books.
Upcoming Janet Feduska Cole Events
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – Janet Feduska Cole will be a featured author at Glen Ellyn BookFest 2013 – 9:30 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Come celebrate books, authors and the love of reading!
Saturday, October 12, 2013 – Author Janet Feduska Cole will be signing copies of her book at The Ninth Annual Joliet Regional Author Fair – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60431
During May 2013, Pegasus Books also released In Plain Sight, a suspense first novel by England-born American author Katrina Stamboulieh. The book involves a woman, Rea Anderson, whose best friend was murdered, presumably by a handsome Russian businessman with ties to the mob, terrorists and politicians. Determined to solve the murder Rea finds herself at odds with danger and intrigue in her native Minnesota and abroad, culminating in a face-to-face encounter with a shadowy figure who just might be Osama bin Laden.
Ms. Stramboulieh has recently completed a second novel, The Buses, for Pegasus Books and has begun a third. In her own words, the full-time writer says, “I’m just one of those baby boomers who finally decided what she always wanted to be when she grew up. Katrina Stamboulieh is the featured author interview in Pegasus Books September On The Wing Author Interview.
See the interview below.
Featured Author Interview: Katrina Stamboulieh
KS: I was born in Yorkshire, England. I was raised and went to school in the Liverpool area. Years ago, Liverpool used to be a very vibrant city. Its claim to fame is the Beatles. It’s a port city. Many ships would dock there, and the city catered to that. While there is still night life there, it was especially true in the sixties and seventies. I was too young to remember the Beatles performing locally, as I grew up during the time of disco. There was a downturn/slump in Liverpool during the late 70s and 80s due to strikes. The business at port was profoundly affected. I worked for the phone company, as an operator.
PB: Very good. And Katrina, how did you happen to come to the U.S.?
KS: I moved to the U.S. in 1980. I married an American citizen, and we lived for a short time in St. Louis, Missouri, before moving to Minnesota. My ex-husband had family and friends in Minnesota. I remember I got a false impression in a way. When fall came, everything was so pretty, but I wasn’t prepared for the first winter, which was brutal. But Minnesota is very beautiful. There are lakes, open spaces, etc.
PB: Do you have family there?
KS. I have two children, a girl, 27, and a boy, 25. Both live in Minnesota. When the children were small, I ran a daycare, licensed, along with a hired helper. I had a pre-school curriculum with 12 kids for eight years. After I closed the daycare, I was involved in insurance claims, sales and wealth management.
PB: I imagine that “Stamboulieh” is not the typical British or American name. How did you come by the name?
KS: I married into it. “Stamboulieh” is a Turkish name. My ex-husband’s father was from Syria, but his grandfather was from Turkey. “Stamobulieh,” I believe, is derived from “Istanbul.”
PB: How long have you been writing? What was your writing genesis?
KS: I began writing when I was in my twenties, but I never finished anything. I did some short stories and some poetry, though it wasn’t until the last five years that I actually began writing something and finished it. I think things changed when I took some community education classes about book writing. I was inspired by a teacher who was in her seventies. Her name is Louise Wily, and she was just such a nice, sweet lady. She gave me a lot of encouragement, even when she was critical. I found I wanted to do well for Louise. She really was encouraging—the first person I met who did not think it was a stupid idea or a waste of time to write a book. I am still in touch with her. In fact, I had lunch with her after I was published, and I gave her a copy of my book. She was so proud of me. She is still working at teaching, still helping people. She just doesn’t give up.
PB: We have always heard it said that good writers are good readers. Are you a reader?
KS: I’ve always been a huge reader. I can read a book in a couple of days. I think I really do have quite the active imagination, and I write. I write my ideas in everyday life. If I have my plans, I write them down. You put it on paper and it’s done.
PB: What was your inspiration for In Plain Sight?
KS: I think I started it soon after 9/11 and the whole Osama bin Laden thing was going on. I did research about him, and that brought me to Afghanistan and the Russians being there. There were a lot of things that came together with the backdrop of history, so the story just sort of evolved. In response to questions, I never thought bin Laden was holed up in some cave. After I wrote the book, the sequel was that he was found in Pakistan, virtually “in plain sight.”
PB: Tell us about your main character, Rea Anderson. Based on anyone you know?
KS: I think that Rea is kind of based on me. Her dissatisfaction with her job and her boss—that kind of came from me. The other main character, Phil—he was based on an actual Minneapolis police officer I knew. His character, being so black and white about things, was based on an actual person I knew. Another person in the book, Ray Quan, was also a real person, though the person the character was based on was killed in violence when he was thirteen, just a teenager. He was a big part of my family. We lost touch when his father took him away. The antagonist, Peter, was conjured from my imagination.
PB: How long did it take you to write the book?
KS: It took me three years to write the book, but once I really started working on it, my actual writing time was about nine months; I try to write every day. It doesn’t have to be much—even if it is just a paragraph—it has to be something every day. Sometimes it will be two hours, sometimes fifteen minutes, but I have to at least do something every day.
PB: What does it mean to you to be a published novelist?
KS: It’s recognition of my work, which means a lot, because when I was writing it, I found myself second guessing myself all the time. You have to be very careful about who you ask to read your work, because the feedback is important. It’s an acknowledgment that you have done something and it is worthwhile that it has been recognized.
PB: Are you writing on something now?
KS: The second book is called The Buses. It is a story about a strong woman who is a bus driver for a school district. By circumstance, she loses her home and ends up living on the bus. While living on the bus, she discovers corruption in the school district. When her boss discovers her, a fellow driver takes pity on her and invites her to live with him. On his own, he has discovered the corruption and he is trying to expose it. Together, they expose everything that is going on.
PB: We are looking forward to your new book and all the books that will follow. Thank you for taking the time to share with us On the Wing.
KS: Thank you.