Thursday, February 21, 2013

#BlogTour #Interview - Minotaur Revisited @David Gelber

Please welcome my guest, physician and author, David Gelber.
Enjoy the interview and excerpt and don't forget to leave a comment along with your email address. David will be awarding a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter at the conclusion of the tour.
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am married with 3 grown children. I work as a surgeon and started writing in 2006. I live in the Houston, Texas area.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Save lives and stamp out disease as a general surgeon.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
The first book I wrote is “Future Hope: ITP  Book One” which I began writing in 2006 and finished in 2008. It is published by Emerald Books.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
The first book I wrote was set in the future, therefore it falls into the genre of science fiction. It contains religious themes, which makes it “Religious Science Fiction’ or “Speculative Fiction.” My two books about surgery are nonfiction and the most recent book, “Minotaur Revisited”, which is the subject of this blog tour is historical fantasy.
Where do you get your ideas?
Almost all my writing starts with some sort of question, such as “What if religion was eliminated from society?” Or “What if man never suffered the Fall in the Garden of Eden?” My latest book “Minotaur Revisited” started as a short story with the question “Suppose the entire myth of the Minotaur was ‘spin’ such that the hero Theseus was really a scoundrel and the half bull half man Minotaur was truly a noble beast?”
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I usually formulate my stories in my head and then commit them to print. I have a used a brief outline with my novels, but usually fill in all the details as I go along, writing and rewriting and polishing multiple times.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series, Edgar Rice Burroughs “Tarzan” books and “The Outsiders” were books I read several times growing up. The first two had characters thrust into extraordinary circumstances who responded to the challenges they faced with unique skill and poise. I incorporated this into my second book, “Joshua and Aaron: ITP Book Two.” “The Outsiders” is one of those rites of passage books that influences teenagers.
As an adult I’ve preferred classic literature.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Marketing is my weak point. I’ve used Goodreads Giveaways and I blog on a sort of regular basis. I’ve had good results with my first surgery book, “Behind the Mask”, but not so well with my other books. I have used a publicist, but mostly this served to enrich the publicist and did not translate into book sales.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
“Minotaur Revisited” is a historical fantasy. The half bull/half man Minotaur is not slain by the Greek hero, Theseus. Instead the two of the them strike a bargain which allows the Minotaur to escape and live on for thousands of years adnleave his mark on history.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
This book incorporates imagination into many, supposedly, true historical events. At the same time there are fictional characters, also, such as Count Dracula.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?                      
The chapter where the Minotaur adopts the blind, orphaned Alena is my favorite. It shows that lacking a physical attribute need not translate into disability.
What project are you working on now?
I am preparing a short story about a dog, Little Bit, for publication and I am slowly working on the third installment in my ITP series.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I love the character of Joshua Smith from my ITP Series.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I have been criticized for having too much religion in my writing. Religious themes are important to me, however, and I cannot write without them. I have been mnost complimented on my honesty and my imagination. The honesty has been most apparent in my writing about surgery.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
My stories will take the reader into a world of imagination filled with twists and turns and in the end will leave the reader wishing for more.
Legend states that the Minotaur was confined to the Labyrinth, slain by Theseus and then laid to rest by thousands of years of Greek mythology. But, the truth is far different. Read the Minotaur’s own words as he recounts his full life as god, king, warrior, matchmaker, midwife, monk, sage, father, mother, husband and, most of all, witness. The fierce Minotaur lived to see and be a part of the best and worst of humanity during a life spanning thousands of years. Part bull, part human, the Minotaur struggled to find his place in this world and, in the end, left his unique mark on history.
David Gelber, a New York native, is the seventh of nine sons and one of three to pursue medicine. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and went on to graduate medical school in 1984 from the University of Rochester.
He completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by three years as attending surgeon at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y. Gelber has since joined Coastal Surgical Group in Houston, Texas.
Gelber has been a surgeon for more than 20 years, but over the last few years he began to pursue his passion for writing, initially with his debut novel, "Future Hope" (Emerald Book Company, January 2010). The novel speculates about future Earth and what the world might have been like if man had not succumbed to temptation in the Garden of Eden. "Joshua and Aaron" is a sequel to "Future Hope" and follows the battle of wills that transpires between unsung hero Joshua Smith and satanic Aaron Diblonski.
Dr. Gelber has added two books about surgery, "Behind the Mask" and "Under the Drapes", both of which provide the reader with a view of the world of surgery rarely seen by those outside the medical professions.
"Last Light" is an apocalyptic short story which starts off asking the question: "What would happen if nobody ever was sick or injured?"
"Minotaur Revisited" is an entertaining romp through history seen through the eyes of Quint, the famed half bull half man monster of Greek Mythology. It was in October 2012.
Gelber was raised in reformed Judaism, but joined the Presbyterian Church 15 years ago. He is married with three teenage children, four dogs and 24 birds of various species. His interests include horse racing, mechanical Swiss watches and, of course, writing.



Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

David Gelber said...

thank you for taking the time to interview me. I enjoyed answering your questions.

Ingeborg said...

The book sounds very intriguing.


Gala said...

Will there be a sequel?

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Shannon R said...

It sounds very intriguing that you start each book with such a thought provoking question. I look forward to your future endevors

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Ami said...

What is your favorite thing about writing?


Chelsea B. said...

Wonderful interview! I am looking forward to reading Minotaur Revisited!


David Gelber said...

I think there will be a sequel. I've written some articles called "Conversation with the Minotaur" which fill in some of the gaps in "Minotaur Revisited". I may expand these into a second book. The best thing about writing is when every part of a story finally meshes. Also, when I'm writing and have a moment of inspiration that makes a story better.

Anonymous said...

Very curious to read this!


Mary Preston said...

I would imagine that most people going into your books would know to expect the religious themes.


Catherine Lee said...

You say that marketing is your weak point. I've read many indie and self-published authors lament the amount of time they must devote to self-promotion...time they would prefer to spend writing! I think it's very time consuming.
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bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview.


Andra Lyn said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

BookLady said...

What an exciting book! Love mythology. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sydney said...

Looking forward to the sequel. :)
Best wishes,
Sydney W