I recently read a rather cool book about the life of the composer Tchaikovsky, I was thrilled to get the chance to read it and review it for Adin Dalton. Click here for the review.
The author was kind enough to answer a few questions.
1.- Hi there Adin, nice to have you with us. Why don´t we start by you telling a little about yourself.
Thank you for your interest in my ebook. I’m from Southern California but now live in Manhattan. I studied ballet and ballet history at the University in California and was always enamored Tchaikovsky’s music. I thought I would write a nonfiction book about him and actually started a tribute book for the one-hundredth anniversary of the ballet “Swan Lake” but never quite got it off the ground. When I moved to New York City I learned about Tchaikovsky’s mysterious death (unsolved to this day) and I became completely fascinated. I started my novel “Pyotr Ilyich” the very next day.
2.- What do you think about the publishing world today?
I think it’s ridiculously hard to get a publisher.
There are some really great reads out there. Thank goodness for the ebook industry.
3.- Do you use a professional editor?
I did not hire an editor, but I did pay an impartial person to read my book and then give me feedback. It was invaluable.
4.- What is your blog or website or both?
My book’s website is:
It has a wonderful photo gallery where you can see the real-life people from the book, which is great if you want to know what they actually looked like.
5.- Who has influenced you in the past?
My two favorite professors had a big influence on me… historian Olga Maynard, and also the great choreographer Antony Tudor. Tudor once told me that I had a ballet pedigree because I was a direct descendent from the grandfather of classical ballet, Marius Petipa. He told me, “From Petipa to Fokine, from Fokine to Tudor, from Tudor to you.” It was very flattering…
6.- What is your hope for your writing in the future?
7.-How has social media influenced you in the promotion of your books?
Well, I’ve put my book up on the appropriate ebook websites, and I also have a Facebook and Twitter account for it… and my own website of course. Not sure if any of it does any good… Word-of-mouth is still the way that books get sold and authors get known.