Thursday, January 17, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Hollywood via Orchard Street by Wayne Clark

Hollywood via Orchard Street
by
Wayne Clark

Genre:
Historical Fiction
Deciding that the hopelessness he sees around him on New York’s squalid Lower East Side during the Great Depression isn’t for him, a young man invents an alter ego with the chutzpah he hopes will make a name for himself. In the process he accidentally ignites a war between the Irish mob and a Chinese tong, learns to drink and finds love for the first time. Will he and his alter ego ever reunite? They will have to if he doesn’t want to lose the love of a beautiful Broadway actress.

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Award-winning author Wayne Clark was born in 1946 in Ottawa, Ont., but has called Montreal home since 1968. Woven through that time frame in no particular order have been interludes in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Germany, Holland and Mexico.

By far the biggest slice in a pie chart of his career would be labelled journalism, including newspapers and magazines, as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. The other, smaller slices of the pie would also represent words in one form or another, in advertising as a copywriter and as a freelance translator. However, unquantifiable in a pie chart would be the slivers and shreds of time stolen over the years to write fiction.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?


The realization came in stages.

As an adolescent, I knew I wanted to write. My parents were readers and early on I loved the feel of a book in my hands. I got my first job as a newspaper reporter when I was still in my teens. I used a typewriter almost identical to the old Underwood on the cover of Hollywood via Orchard Street. I felt like a writer when I got my first byline, which wasn’t easily obtained in those days.

Years later, I began writing for magazines and working with people who had written books. We talked about writing all the time. To me, the writing demands of magazine journalism brought me closer to what I thought of as “real writing.” As time went by, I attempted, if memory serves, four novels of my own, but I ended up hating them. It wasn’t until 2013, at the age of 67, that I wrote a book that I was truly proud of. It was called he & She. Even though I’d been writing all my life, I think it was only then that I finally considered myself a writer.
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37 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the guest post and the book cover art is terrific.

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  2. The cover is unique and appropriate.

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  3. The cover is unique and fits your story. I enjoyed the guest post. Good luck with the book.

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  4. It sounds like a very interesting period piece. It is always so interesting to read and think about the driving factors for a character's actions around that time in history.

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  5. Book sounds intriguing....and I like the cover!

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  6. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  7. What can I say the cover and the title intrigue me to no end.. putting on my TBR list.....

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  8. Very interesting cover, love the title as well

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  9. I am intrigued by the blurb. Love the cover too.

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  10. Intriguing cover. At first I thought he was going to end up a superhero. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. Sounds great. The cover is interesting x

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  12. This sounds awesome! Im really looking forward to reading it.

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  13. Very mysterious. I took acting classes- I can relate with the plot line, it's easy to fall in love with a role.

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  14. Hollywood via Orchard Street sounds like a grear book, love the cover

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  15. The cover looks interesting - I like it.

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  16. I like the cover, it's vintage. Thanks for the chance.

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  17. The cover looks awesome with that old typewriter.

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  18. very interesting cover, I like the type writer and how beat up it looks.

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  19. Gotta say i love the cover and the book seems pretty interesting!

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  20. I liked both the book description, and the book cover.

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  21. I like the cover.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. The book sounds awesome. Can't wait to read it..

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  23. wow that does sound good.and I love the old look of the cover.

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