Thursday, June 27, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Gavin Goode by David B. Seaburn

Gavin Goode
by
David B. Seaburn

Genre:
Literary Fiction 
I don’t know how, and I don’t know why, but I think I died today.

So begins the complex and mysterious journey of Gavin Goode and his family. What happened to Gavin and why? What secrets will emerge along the way? Frankie, his wife and a dress store owner, feels guilty, but why? His son, Ryan, who owns an ice cream parlor, and daughter-in-law, Jenna, who is a bank manager, are expecting their first baby. How will this trauma affect them? And what of Rosemary, Frankie’s best friend? Or Ben Hillman and eleven year old, Christopher? How are they implicated in the events that unfold around Gavin’s misfortune?

This is a story of despair and hope, dreams and reality, uncertainty and faith, humor, secrecy, forgiveness and beginnings. As in his previous novels, David B. Seaburn demonstrates his in-depth understanding of the human experience and his storytelling mastery.

In 2010, David B. Seaburn retired after having been the director of a public school based free family counseling center.

Prior to that, David was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center for almost twenty years. During his tenure there, David taught in a Family Medicine Residency Program, practiced Medical Family Therapy and was the Director of a Family Therapy Training Program.

In addition to this, David is a retired Presbyterian minister, having graduated from seminary (Boston University) in 1975. He served a church full-time from 1975-1981 before entering the mental health field permanently. David is married and has two adult daughters and two wonderful granddaughters.

David's educational background includes two master's degrees and a PhD. Most of his career was as an assistant professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. There he wrote two professional books and over 65 papers and book chapters.

In addition to long fiction, David writes personal essays, many of which have been published in the Psychotherapy Networker magazine.

David also writes a blog, "Going Out Not Knowing," for Psychology Today magazine.

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My Writing Process
by David B. Seaburn
When I start writing a new novel, I never know how it’s going to end. I trust that the impetus to move forward, usually a feeling that is difficult to articulate, will be enough to I get the journey started. Although I am going out not knowing exactly where I’m supposed to go, I am not going blind. I have well-developed character profiles and life circumstances in which to put them that will stimulate the kind of conflict that makes for good narrative.

In the process, I discover what the themes are that I am working with. This may seem counter-intuitive, but I often don’t know what I’m writing about until I start writing. The writing process is always one of discovery. And this purposeful not-knowing gives writing an energy and serendipity that is remarkably generative. I feel like I am not just the creator, but the created, changing through the writing process as much as my characters change.

It is exciting to know that for the next 14-18 months I will sit alone with these characters and wrestle with issues, dilemmas, and conundrums that are important to me, and, I hope, to the reader. The beginning phase is expansive as the characters develop and their options are wide. Somewhere past the midway mark, though, those options narrow, as it become clear that there are some thing the characters would do and some they would not. In a sense, the characters exert as much influence over the story as I do. The end of the story comes to me first as something intuitive, a feeling, a sense that I am on the final leg of the journey even though I may not yet have words for what it will be. Often it is in the last fifty pages that the end will take form and words will coalesce into final scenes, paragraphs and sentences.

Of course, that is not the end. Editing before publication may go on another year or more. The drafts get shorter, tighter and more to the point.

In terms of my writing routine, I don’t write every day, which is to say I don’t sit in front of my computer every day. But when I am working on a novel, I feel like I am always writing; that something is at work in my mind even when I am not trying to put it down in words. I often edit as I go, reworking sentences, paragraphs, scene choreography, even characters. I like to have a well-crafted chapter before I go on to the next, even though the whole thing may change later. I have an office downstairs where I am surrounded by books and quiet. In the summer, though, I prefer to write on our screened-in porch.

I rarely have writer’s block. I think this is because I have accepted that I not only don’t know, but I don’t have to know where I am going in order to write productively.
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65 comments:

  1. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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  2. The cover design is awesome! It's unique and different... I like it. :)

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    1. I liked it too, CJ. Can't take any credit. The publisher came up with the idea. Matches the book well.
      Dave Seaburn

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    1. Great, Julie, I hope you enjoy it.
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  4. I really like the cover

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  5. Book description and cover look good!

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  6. This sounds like a great read.

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    1. Thanks, Terri. I think you'd like it a lot.
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  7. I like the cover thanks

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  8. My question for the author is where do you get your ideas.

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    1. As you might guess, I get this question often. Sometimes I get ideas from newspaper article or my past experiences as a therapist and as a minister. Most often they come to me independent of other sources. Since my work history has been related to families, marriage, relationships, that is the biggest source of my ideas. They just emerge from there.

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  9. The book cover is different, and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Deb, I think you'd like the story.Dave Seaburn

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  10. I love the cover. It’s a great piece of Modern Art.

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  11. Very interesting and artistic cover.. best of luck and thank you...

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  12. I like the cover, it is simple yet profound based on the story line.

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  13. I like the cover. It reminds me of the cover art of some of the books I enjoyed from the 60's. (Good thing).

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    1. Hadn't thought of that, but I think you're right.
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  14. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. i love the cover its so intruging and suspenseful.

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  16. I like the cover. It reminds me of a Picasso painting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Thank your for sharing your guest post. As an aspiring author, I really enjoy reading about my fellow author's work process. Your book sounds really unique and interesting. I'm looking forward to reading.

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    1. Hi Bea: I'd love to hear more about your writing. My email is on my website www.davidbseaburn.com
      I hope you enjoy the book.
      Dave Seaburn

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  18. The book cover is very different. I like it!

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  19. Sometimes you cry bloody and I think that's very appropriate at this time. Interesting and I liked the cover a lot.

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    1. Thanks, it's based on a reference in the first chapter to Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream. You'd like the book, I'm sure.
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  20. The cover is really cool, very original :)

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  21. The cover is different and eye catching.

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  22. The book cover looks very sinister.

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  23. I'm not sure about the cover.

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  24. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks like an interesting read!

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  25. With that cover, who wouldn't wanna read it?!

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  26. Intriguing beginning for this story where you don't know where it's going exactly. I like filling in the blanks with imagining, yet it's up to the author to out things in front and let the rest stay in the background until needed.

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    1. There are many secrets in this book. I think you'd enjoy it.
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  27. Cover of that book and booktour logo, looks really nice.

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  28. I am intrigued by the cover alone.

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  29. the cover is a trip and the story sound trippy two.

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