Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Author Interview – Hadassah Pomeroy, Courage and Conquerors

Book Description from Amazon:
From the powerful depths of humanity comes a collection of unique, soul-stirring short stories so fascinating you’ll find their adventures irresistible. 

Hadassah Pomeroy, author of Joshua, takes readers on a journey around the world, exploring the trials of everyday life—revenge, love, understanding and the consequences of greed. From the icy planes of Alaska to the warm deserts of Africa, colorful human and animal characters battle the elements and adversaries to overcome their challenges. Warm, exciting adventures combine with nature to lure you into world where nothing is impossible and good always wins over evil. Courage and Conquerors is a collection of short stories embracing the brave men, women, children and animals who sacrifice everything for those they hold dear.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I started writing at the age of eight in Hebrew. It wasn’t until I was fifteen that I learnt to speak and write English. I was always such a dramatic child. The world I grew up in wasn’t colourful enough for me, so I created my own world of fantasy and invisible spirits. I was adventurous and even rebellious which let me to build a character strong enough to explore the world beyond my boundaries.

How many books have you written? 
I have one other published novel, Joshua — a stirring and vivid tale of the slave trade during 17th and early 18th century Africa. Brutal and shocking, it shines the light on the best and worst of human nature, culminating in a gripping finale that will leave readers breathless.

Tell us a little about your book.
Courage and Conquerors is a collection of heart-warming short stories that focuses on the relationships of both humans and animals. Each story tells its own tale of love, devotion and courage across the world.

Do you have plans for a new book?
I am currently working on my next novel which is the story of a man torn between two women, each of whom he loves very deeply in a different way. He must choose between his wife and the beautiful aristocrat who tempts him with more than just her beauty.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
The great Ernest Hemingway - he was a rebel at heart, just like me. I was inspired by his characters. They were great heroes and warriors of the heart.

Was there an Author that inspired your writing?
Amos Oz who wrote Between Friends. It brought back memories of my childhood spent in boarding school at Kfar HaNo'ar Ben Shemen.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
My ideas come in waves, so sometimes I write quickly to get the inspiration down on paper. There are times when I don’t write a word for days and then an idea will strike me in the middle of the night. Most of my ideas come to me when I am out in the garden feeding the birds. I have never planned or plotted a book, I write from my heart and the words seem to flow.

Did you have an editor edit your books?
Yes, Juanita Kees at Kees2Create looks after my stories. I have so much to thank her for.

What books would you like to read again?
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird.

Who designed the cover of your book?
Patti Roberts did a wonderful job on my cover. The moment I saw the wolf, I knew it was the perfect choice for Courage and Conquerors.

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
I’d rather be trapped in the jungle, raising a cheetah pup. Animals only hunt when they are hungry and are loyal to the pack and their leader. Unlike humans, they don’t leave you with a broken heart, only with happy memories. One of my stories is about a bear named Anak who stays loyal to the family who rescue him as a cub and protects them until they take their last breath. I would like to share my life with an animal like that until I too travel beyond the horizons.

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day
I used to love diving in the ocean. There are so many mysteries beneath the sea we’ll never understand. Who knows what lies beneath the waves in the deep, dark crevices? I was inspired by what I saw there and learned to appreciate the beauty of nature in the silent depths. The ocean can be violent and stormy one moment, and peaceful and quiet the next. I can always be soothed by the sea.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I am an early riser because that’s when I write at my table and then I go out and feed my birds and wait for more inspiration to come.

Do you have a bucket list?
I have almost completed my bucket list. I only have two more projects to go. One is to have my Jewish Play Total Bliss produced. The other is the four songs I have written to be arranged with orchestration and put onto a CD.

One of your favorite quotes
“I don’t believe in God but I know there is someone waiting for me.” ~ Amos Oz

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?

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Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better.

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