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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Guest Blog-Tory Gates



Guest Author Interview - Tory Gates


I am happy to have Tory Gates as my guest today. Thank you, Tory, for joining me on my website.





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                            Tory Gates



Tory, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you currently do outside of writing?



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.


Currently, 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.


In addition, 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?



Tory Gates Searching

         "Searching for Roy Buchanan"


"The Sweet Dreams Series Begins...


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!




 Live from the Cafe

           "Live 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.

A 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

        "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."



A Moment...2016, all of the above on Brown Posey Press (div. of Sunbury Press Books).



Parasite Girls

              "Parasite Girls"



"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 days, Mima.


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.


Mima 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.





What prompted you to write what you did? [or Where do you get your writing inspiration?] What message(s) do you want readers to take away?


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.


Live 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.


The most 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 you?



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, 2017.


Live from the Cafe: Finalist, Red City Review Awards, Young Adult Division, 2018.


Facebook: Tory Gates Books


Photo Credit


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.


Until next time, Salve Atque Vale! Hail and Farewell!







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