Guest Author Interview -
I am happy to have Tory Gates as my guest today. Thank you, Tory, for joining me
on my website.
Tory, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you currently do outside
I’m a broadcaster with approximately
35 years’ experience. I’ve been just about everything you can be in this business, outside ownership! I have dee-jayed
practically every radio format, been a producer, a journalist, a news anchor, a talk show host, you name it.
I am a jobber for various companies in the mid-state of Pennsylvania. I also host a show for indie authors, “The Brown
Posey Press Show” for the Bookspeak Network, and you can hear those programs on the Blog Talk Radio Network.
I’m known as DJ`Riff, host of The Music Club, a blues program on the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station.
What books have you
written, and what are their genres? What audience are they aimed at?
"Searching for Roy Buchanan"
"The Sweet Dreams
Aki Sato is not your
typical teenager. She has weathered the loss of her parents and joined her brothers, Kenji and Hiro in a struggle to keep
the family business, and themselves, together.
Aki has also inherited the Amida
Syndrome, the power of time travel. Without her mother to guide her, Aki has no experience in its use, nor can she defend
against the terrifying nightmares that haunt her.
A chance breakdown
leads the siblings to Kazu, an eccentric retired blues musician. In a series of misadventures, Aki must guide her brothers
through time, space, and the world of the blues. In time, Aki not only discovers her own voice, but the power of music.
The journey through time and life is just getting started in “Searching for Roy Buchanan.”
This one came out 2-21-19!
from the Cafe"
“What did you dream today?”
"Harlandsville, Quebec—look up the definition of small
town in a dictionary, and you’ll find its picture.
one-stoplight village, Harlandsville doesn’t have a lot to offer, or so it seems. Old homes, an abandoned mill, a gas
station, one Chinese takeout joint, and a former pub turned into a coffee shop. For the latter, one learns never to judge
a book by its cover.
One step through
the doors of Le Cafe, and you enter a world where the coffee is brewed one pot at a time through a strange machine, the pastries
are homemade, and the music is a roadmap of Canada’s history.
Presided over by Luc, the son of one of Harlandsville’s most loved residents and his partner Emily, the cafe
is home to natives and visitors alike. Where the coffee is strong, the spirit of friendship stronger, and occasional strange
(and famous?) characters show up to hang out, and play music.
Small-town life, love, change, prejudice, pasts and futures are examined and experienced. The heartbeat of Harlandsville
is right here. You never know who’ll show up, or what will happen next, Live from the Cafe…"
"A Moment in the Sun"
"Sixteen-year-old Rei Murata appears to have everything:
good looks, brains, artistic skill and admiring friends. But Rei is a survivor—of loss, neglect and of self-isolation.
Locked away from a world where she felt unwanted, Rei was one of the millions known as the hikikomori.
A chance meeting leads Rei to discover the online world of the Dwellers.
Astonished to find her former classmate Sho among their number, Rei is determined to rescue him. Rei learns she must come
to terms with her past before she can face her future. For her peers, the barriers of class and society must fall, so they
too can move forward.
No one is ever
lost, Rei believes. She hopes to lead Sho, and the rest to their moment in the sun."
Moment...2016, all of the above on Brown Posey Press (div. of Sunbury Press
"Burned out from years on the road and a devastating
last assignment, American photojournalist Aidan Connor finds himself in Tokyo, on the doorstep of a woman from his college
Aidan reconnects with his quirky
artist friend, and soon becomes involved in Mima and her friends’ battle with their respective pasts and social injustice.
The “Parasite Single” is a label for young women in
Japan, who are accused of sponging off their families well into adulthood. Aidan is reminded that everyone has a story to
tell, and there are reasons for all things.
struggles with loss and destructive behavior that dates back to her high school years. Her best friend Sora battles mental
illness; and then there is Eko, the poster child for the term itself.
Aidan is forced to confront his own issues, and as he remakes himself he is reminded that true friendship, trust
and commitment to one another cross all borders and time."
This was my first self-published in 2013.
prompted you to write what you did? [or Where do you get your writing inspiration?] What message(s) do you want readers to
Writing is something that’s always been a part of me. As a child, I recall
making up stories, I suppose to get attention and to entertain others. My early attempts at writing were pretty lame, mostly
due to lack of exercise, and not really knowing what I wanted to do. That came hand in hand with broadcasting, as I found
myself writing copy of all kinds.
My stories are all a bit different, but have some common threads.
Parasite Girls and A Moment in the Sun were written, partly after reading stories about folks in Japanese
society who struggled. My interest in the country and its history and culture led me to try to write from a different perspective.
from the Cafe was sort of me going home to Vermont. I lived near the Canadian border, and the setting, while in Quebec,
pulled portions of my hometown and parts of the province. I was inspired by the pre-cable TV, and radio from both sides of
the border. That, and the idea of small town life that I only remember a little of came out of me.
Searching... is my latest, but
it is the first book I wrote when I seriously embraced my writing in 2007. It went through as many changes as I did over the
years, but the wait was worth it. It grew up along with me.
Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where
can we find them?
I confess to being a rather intermittent blogger! But you can find everything here
on my website:
Tory Gates Media
What do you find the
hardest about writing? The easiest?
The ideas are the easiest,
but you learn which ones to discard if they don’t stick around. An idea for me has to “cook” upstairs in
my brain for a few months (even a couple of years!) before I can tell if it really is something I want to follow.
difficult parts are 1) preparing the battle plan. For me, I have to be fully prepared to write. I must have a character sketch
for each person in the story, no matter how insignificant. Those come from a lot of examination, thinking and “interviews”
with them. 2) the timeline. I do a full Chapter 1 to Chapter Whatever as a synopsis, only then can I write the first draft.
Once I start that, there’s no stopping.
What’s next for
I’ll be promoting Searching
for Roy Buchanan this year, while working on the sequel. That was written in quick succession after the first, but is
going to need updating and a lot of changes. I also have other books that are a little more commercially-oriented, which I’d
like to have an agent look at (HINT, HINT!).
What special thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?
Writing for me is not something
I do to make money or get famous; if that happens, so it does. But for me, it’s an exercise of imagination, of my intelligence,
and it’s also great (and cheap) therapy. I wasn’t able to write about myself for a long time, then began to scratch
that surface of me a little bit in these.
If anything, I want to write stories you will remember, maybe read
again, and recommend to others. I hope they entertain you at the least. At the most, I hope they will inspire you, even heal
if that is your need.
Moreover, I just try to write good stories.
How can we follow or contact you?
Tory Gates Author: Follow
Tory's publications on the following Web and Social Sites.
Facebook: Tory Gates
Where can readers buy your books?
Amazon: Tory Gates
Awards / Recognition
A Moment in the Sun: Red City Review Awards,
1st Place, Young Adult Division, 2017; also Finalist for Dante Rossetti Award for Young Adult Fiction, Chanticleer Reviews,
Live from the Cafe: Finalist, Red City Review Awards, Young Adult Division, 2018.
Facebook: Tory Gates Books
Pic is me, “holding up the bridge” over the Susquehanna,
Harrisburg, 5-1-18...photo credits
go to photographer: Alice Potteiger.
Next month, I will be interviewing Author Sharon Marchisello.
next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!