Joyana is excited to begin her new Author Highlight series to build a true Book Community between Authors and Readers.Today’s Author Highlight features Bob Okowitz, an Irish Historical Fiction Writer.
Author Highlight-Meet Bob Okowitz:
Bob majored in English and History and worked in Social Work and Mental Health before finally returning to his roots and writing fiction. His novel was inspired by a trip to Ireland for a family reunion for his mother’s side of the family, the Duggans and McGraths. (He is 75% Irish.)
His book, Dug In, begins during the 1916 Irish Rebellion.
Ninety miles from Dublin, Joe Duggin and two friends are arrested to prevent them from getting involved in the fight for Independence. After being released when the rebellion is over, Joe and his wife, Mary, decide to move to New York to get away from the conflict and raise their children in peace. However, they find their share of persecution and injustice in America as well. What follows is their family’s struggle to find their place in what is supposed to be the Land of the Free.
Bob’s Writing Process:
The Moment He Knew He Wanted To Be an Author: After my family’s trip to Ireland.
Pen/Paper or Computer: Computer… I NEED SPELL CHECK!!!
His Favorite Place to Write: MY desk.
His Signature Writing Drink: Water
Bob’s Relationship with Books:
His Favorite Place to Read: Easy Chair in Living room.
Book Character He’d Love to Ride in an Elevator With: Robert Jordan from For Whom the Bell Tolls
Book Character He Thinks He’d be Best Friends With:Huckberry Finn
The Last Book He Read: Luis Rodriquez’s The Concrete River.
Bob’s Other Inspirations and Theories on Writing:
Favorite Period in History: 1776
Favorite Place to Travel: Ireland
“Writing is an amazing experience. Creating something. new, is wonderful.”
Thanks so much for joining us for this Author Highlight today! For more information about Bob Okowitz and his novel Dug IN: An Irish Family Searches for Justice, you can check out his Author Page on Amazon or find him at Twitter @DugIn.
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