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Get to Know My Book: The Human Spirit by Carole Eglash-Kosoff – Part III

Today we are honored to be hosting Carole Eglash-Kosoff on her virtual book tour this month with the 3rd installment of her 3 day Get to Know My Book series of book excerpts.  Get to Know My Book is an ongoing feature between blogs where we post excerpts of an author’s book so that you can get to know the book better, one blog at a time.

Carole Eglash-Kosoff lives and writes in Valley Village, California. She graduated from UCLA and spent her career in business and in teaching. In 2006 her husband, mother, and brother died within a month of one another, causing her to reevaluate her life. She volunteered to work with the American Jewish World Service and was sent to South Africa to teach. She returned there a year later, having met an amazing array of men and women who had devoted their lives during the worst years of apartheid to helping the children, the elderly, and the disabled of the townships. These people cared when no one else did and their efforts continue to this day. It is their stories that needed to be told. They are apartheid’s unheralded heroes and The Human Spirit is their story.

Carole has also completed a historic fiction novel, a pre- and post- Civil War interracial love story set in Louisiana, When Stars Align.

In addition to writing Mrs. Eglash-Kosoff has established the …a better way! Scholarship program, which provides money and mentoring for several worthy local high school students for both their first and second year of college.

All profits from the sale of The Human Spirit will be donated to Ikamva Labantu and other South African charities. The book is available at Amazon, Author House and Barnes & Noble on-line sites as a hardback, paperback and as an e-book.

An avid student of history, Carole Eglash-Kosoff is a native of Wisconsin. After graduating from UCLA, she spent her career in the apparel industry and teaching fashion retail, marketing, and sales at the college level. Her first book is . She has also established the …a better way! Scholarship program, which provides money and mentoring for worthy high school students for both t

You can visit her website at www.whenstarsalign-thebook.com or connect with her at Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553077163.

About the Book:

Apartheid in South Africa has now been gone more than fifteen years but the heroes of their struggle to achieve a Black majority-run democracy are still being revealed.  Some individuals toiled publicly, but most worked tirelessly in the shadows to improve the welfare of the Black and Coloured populations that had been so neglected.  Nelson Mandela was still in prison; clean water and sanitation barely existed; AIDS was beginning to orphan an entire generation.

Meanwhile a white, Jewish, middle class woman, joined with Tutu, Millie, Ivy, Zora and other concerned Black women, respectfully called Mamas, to help those most in need, often being beaten and arrested by white security police.

This book tells the story of these women and others who have spent their adult lives making South Africa a better place for those who were the country’s most disadvantaged.

Book Excerpt:

ZIMBABWE REFUGEES

Jean and John manage the Lakeside Village resort in Sedgefield along the Garden Route….really lovely people. They had lived most of their lives in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, the country just north of South Africa. For the past decade under the tyrannical presidency of Robert Mugabe. That country was known as Rhodesia until they gained independence in a long, bloody war. It is an incredibly rich and diverse land but they had no Nelson Mandela or Bishop Tutu to unify the country peacefully. Independence brought economic disaster.

John was in charge of all agricultural development within their entire college system. He worked closely with the World Bank and international development agencies. Jean was a teacher and one son, born late, was now in college. But Mugabe told all the white farmers they had to leave….the land belonged to
the blacks. There would be no compensation, no transition. Killing and looting were rampant. John and Jean left with nothing…no pension, little for their home and only what they could carry under the guise of vacationing for a week. The country now has a 6000% inflation rate and surplus farm production is long gone. Nearly ½ million people have left over open borders to South Africa and they account for major increases in local crime. Meanwhile Jean and John, like most of the country’s middle-class whites, scattered and now live at a far lower economic level. John spends most of his time fishing…he loves to fish, primarily fly-fishing. They are both bright and articulate, longing for the pleasantness of a life that will never return.

To read the excerpt from Get to Know My Book Day 2, click here.

To read the excerpt from Get to Know My Book Day 1, click here.

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Interview with Daren Krupa author of Such a Nice Boy

About Daren Krupa

 

A native of New York State Krupa grew up in Phoenix and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, waiter and telemarketer.  At least a dozen novels have presented themselves throughout his life.  Such a Nice Boy is the second he wrote and the first to be published.  Krupa lives in the Sonoran desert.  You can visit him at SuchaNiceBoy.com

 

Visit his tour page at Pump Up Your Book

 

 

Interview

 

Q: Thank you for this interview, Daren. Can you tell us what your latest book, Such a Nice Boy, is all about?

 

A: A man leads a gay life because he’s afraid of his feelings for women.  He meets a woman and her infant son.

 

Q: Is this your first novel?  If not, how is writing this novel different from writing your first?

 

A: Such a Nice Boy is my second novel.  I wrote it seventeen years after my first.  Having written a first novel is a big difference.  Maturity is another difference; I was 35 when I started my first novel, 55 when I began my second.  But MS Word (versus a typewriter the first time) is the biggest difference.

 

Q: How difficult was it writing your book?  Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?

 

A:  Writing Such a Nice Boy was more difficult than I ever imagined but it was also fun, and I discovered I was meant to write fiction.  Writer’s block was never an issue.  I’m sure I had it but I didn’t concern myself with it.  I knew the words would come.  I did other stuff until I was ready to write again.

 

Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel?  Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?

 

A: I’m a debut author six weeks into publication.  I’m not sure if I have any fans yet.  The media like the press releases.  I don’t think that makes them fans of the book though.

 

Q: What is your daily writing routine?

 

A: I like to start 4-6 a.m.  I take breaks to make meals, do errands and keep appointments.  I keep writing into the evening.  Sometimes I have to make myself stop and go to sleep.

 

Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?

 

A: I relax when I’m writing, but to answer your question I see friends, do projects around the house and travel occasionally.

 

Q: What book changed your life?

 

A: The Catcher in the Rye at age thirteen.  Naked Lunch at age seventeen.  The City and the Pillar and Palimpsest at age fifty five.

 

Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?

 

A: I never thought about it, not even a memoir.  How about He Decided He Wouldn’t Decide.

 

Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”

 

A: I’m a dedicated slacker.  I say I’m an author to sound respectable.

 

Thank you for this interview Daren.  I wish you much success on your latest release, Such a Nice Boy!

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