The Diary of a Broken Father by Sylvia Stein
Q: Welcome back to the Fossend Publishing blog Sylvia. Can you give readers a brief overview of your Book The Diary of a Broken Father.
A: Yes, I can:
In The Diary of a Broken Father, Garrison James shares his story from his own perspective of what his life is like now that he decided to go into AA in the hopes of changing his life.
He shares the accounts of his daily struggles since his daughter Sara has left his side and what it meant for him to lose her.
He is haunted by her loss and is also haunted by the memories of his beloved wife Lila whom he lost to cancer.
Garrison is one broken man who is battling his demons and is also fighting his demons. This includes with himself and God.
In this novella you will hear from Garrison James as he battles through being a better man all in the hopes of reconciling with his only daughter whom he has hurt so much.
Will he be able to do it? Is it too late for him? What will happen next?
Q: What inspired you to write The Diary of a Broken Father?
A: The inspiration behind the Diary of a Broken Father came from wanting to tell Garrison’s story and his journey from an alcoholic man and how he works to try and rebuild himself and the demons he carries. I wanted to share this story to try to help others who have been there. I have known people who have done this within my own family and around me. I wanted to spread a message.
Q: So, The Diary of a Broken Father, is a prequel to your first novella Closure. Why did you feel it necessary to write a prequel?
A: Well when I wrote Closure I had many readers ask me more about Garrison and how they thought he should be able to tell his own side of things. Many thought they could like him if they knew his journey. This got me thinking. Then while at my last Semester at SNHU I created The Diary of a Broken Father.
Q: Did writing The Diary of a Broken Father involve any research?
A: I am glad you asked this question. Yes, there was research involved in the diary of a broken Father. This was in regards to the 12 steps of AA. I wanted to get it right.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about writing?
A: I love when an idea comes to me and I can jot it down in an outline. I love creating the stories and characters and watch it all come together.
Q: What do you dislike the most about writing?
A: One thing I really dislike about writing is editing. I never enjoy that part and having to go over it and re-read is not fun for me. I also dislike working on blurbs for my books. I do it but it is not fun for me.
Q: Can you share a typical day in the life of Sylvia Stein as a writer?
A: A Typical day of Writing for me is when I can sit back for about 3-4 hours in the day and just write without any interruptions. I love it when I can place some movie scores/ or classical music on Spotify and just work on my stories.
Q: What’s next for Sylvia Stein?
A: Well the plan is to release The Diary of a Broken Father this coming month of February 2017. Then I have a book event coming this October 2017 in Kalamazoo Michigan I am excited about that. Also I am working on my first thriller coming out Next year 2018 and then hopefully continuing on more of my Podcasts and My Huff-Post blog. Not to mention spending time with my amazing Husband and children.
Quick fire round
Beach or countryside - Beach
EBook or paperback - I still enjoy paperback more than an E-book.
Classic or modern - Classic
Notebook and pen or computer - Notebook and pen.
Sun or Snow - Sun
About the Author:
Sylvia Stein is an Indie published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on linked in. Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University this past July 2015. She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10, Michael 9 and Consuelo 6. She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband Jeremy. Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel Month (Nano) in 2013. When she is not writing she enjoys time with her children and husband. The Diary of a Broken Father will be out this February 2017.