Today we welcome author Rich Marcello to Promote Me Please. Rich's new book, The Big Wide Calm, is now available, so I asked Rich five inquisitive questions about the story. Most of us are intrigued by the music industry and by the twin concepts of talent and fame. The Big Wide Calm promises both entertainment and enlightenment.
Q.1. The Big Wide Calm is an intriguing title. Can you tell us something about its origin?
Rich: About four years ago I got an idea to write three different novels about everything I believe about love. The first, The Color of Home, was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press. The third, The Beauty of the Fall, will be published in 2015/2016. The Big Wide Calm is the second of three. It’s a millennial coming of age story where the heroine, a twenty-five year old singer-songwriter named Paige Plant, learns to truly and deeply love platonically.
I believe there’s infinite well of creativity, of energy, that we all have the ability to tap. That’s what I call The Big Wide Calm. There are many ways into it – almost any emotion can get you there if you learn to go into feeling. With that said, humans have a hard time finding TWBC. Actually, probably for fear-based reasons, they do everything they can to avoid it. During the course of the story, Paige slowly learns how to tap into The Big Wide Calm, how to use flip negative energy to a positive and use it as a way in. My hope is that readers will resonate with what she goes through, and in some small way, the book will help them take their own step toward The Big Wide Calm.
Q. 2. An elusive music pro meets a naive new talent... what is John's first impression of Paige?
Rich: He thinks she’s incredibly talented and the same time both naïve and arrogant. Having worked with many young singers over the years, it’s a common profile for an up-and-coming artist who wants to make it.
Q.3. ...And what is Paige's first impression of John?
Rich: She thinks he’s eccentric, a little scary, and rich. At the same time there’s something about him--a sadness in his eyes and face--that pulls her in, makes her want to know more, and allows her to trust him, at least a little.
Q.4. Tell us a bit about the genesis of this story. Do you have a music industry background or did you need to do extensive research?
Rich: I’m a musician and a poet in addition to being a novelist, so the music part of the story came easily for me. I’ve also worked in recording studios over the years, and recorded four of my own albums.
Q.5. If you were writing one of those library lists that says, "If you like These authors you will also like this one", which three authors would you put at the top?
Rich: George Saunders. Milan Kundera. Alice Walker.
So, there you have it... something about The Big Wide Calm straight from its author, Rich Marcello. Read on for some interesting links.
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