JE: What was my inspiration for my book? 1972 was a very dramatic year for me, because of a number of emotional, and shocking event's in my life. But one of these event's was something that was wonderful, if not a very brief experience. I now would call it, "a God experience", or an "infilling of the Holy Spirit", for lack of better terms. At the time I had this mental, emotional, and Spiritual experience, which I've never had since, I had just turned 18 years old, and I believe there was a reason for that, at that age. All of the experiences of that year, and before, but especially 1972, would be burned in my memory, and later in my life, I felt compelled to write about it. My book is a political/fiction. The fictional story, was based on my own, and other friends experiences, as most fiction is. The political commentary, current, and historical is my opinion, and I think I have some good insights that others might find interesting. It's straight forward, and basic common sense very well informed opinions which people might find themselves in agreement with. One issue that I felt very strongly about at that time was the fact that, any 18 year old whose parents could put him in a college, could get an exemption from the draft. I still think that this was very unfair. It was blatant socioeconomic-class discrimination. I have 2 older step brothers who were drafted into the Army, for their high school graduation present from Uncle Sam, and each given an all expenses paid 2 year tour of combat duty, in the jungles and rice patties of Vietnam. Thank God they came home in one piece and alive. I was never drafted, even though I couldn't afford college.
BBB: How did you come up with the idea for your book cover?
JE: The book cover design was my idea, and done by my first publisher, Kitty, at Ravenswood Publishing. the title, and subtitle, "An American Song: Nazareth Road", refers to the popular music of the time in the book, the 1960's and 1970's, and other times. The many great songs of the time, and how this music illustrated the time, and America. "Nazareth Road", the subtitle, is the name of the street my family lived on for some years. It's on the east side of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is the street that Walter grows up on. I wanted a book cover that said "Irish Catholic American, working poor young man." I'm half Irish, with Italian, and Norwegian. My mother was from Boston, and my dad was from Chicago, just like the parents of the main character in my book.
JE: The main character is Walter McGinn. The real Walter McGinn was a good friend of mine in South Boston, where I moved to, at 20 years old, and lived there for 20 years, until 40 years of age. I just used Walters name, for the main character of my novel. the character Walter, was my age, and experiences the same things I did, and others I knew experienced at the time. The lack of a college education, and no skilled training, made it hard for young men like myself to find a decent paying job, especially with the very bad economy in Michigan at that time, with the auto makers laying off workers, because they weren't competing well with the new foreign auto imports. Walter, and his friend Virgil, move to Florida, in hopes of better jobs, and better weather, in the winter time.
BBB: What do you think readers will find most appealing about your book?
JE: What will readers like about my book? the fictional story is a very real honest human story, and is not sugar coated. It will make you laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a few tears. My book is substantial, and nothing frivolous or stupid in it. It's making a statement, and commenting on the current political atmosphere in the USA. Although, the political commentary on current politics ends in 2015, before the election. Very early on, in my book, I describe my take on the JFK assassination, and how it affected the country, and the McGinn family. No, I don't believe the official story, of the lone nut gunman. I make a lot of historical political commentary which I believe is pertinent to today. the result of much research, and fact checking, which is being made difficult now a days, thanks to dishonest people who're trying to push a selfish agenda, by making facts hard, if not impossible to find.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
JE: Anyone can find me on my Google+ and my book is available on Amazon.