Post #124 – September 8, 2018
Saturday is for Sharing
Series of Guest Authors – #9
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Bruce Atchison, Canadian Author
Hi Bruce, It is a pleasure to have you as a guest today on Saturday is for Sharing. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for several years and I also know you through the Behind Our Eyes organization.
You are our first international Guest Author.
I recommend your memoir
Deliverance From Jericho: Six Years in a Blind School
to our readers. I have this book and will quote from the back cover:
Imagine being a disabled child, hastily sent to a boarding school hundreds of miles from home, and being kept there for months at a time. This was the fate of most physically and mentally impaired students half a century ago. ntellectuals and governmaent officials once believed that the best way to educate “hadicapped youngsters” was to segregate them from the able-bodied population, concentrating those pupils into large institutions.
Bruce, I think this is a tremendous book and gives the reader a view into life as you experienced it during those years as a young child. This is a world at most people have never imagined and I found it to be enlightening and moving.
I have enjoyed speaking with you about our mutual passion for animals, and I know that you are specifically passionate about rabbits. So, that’s where I will begin our interview – with a question about the awareness of animals.
Q_ I know that you have a favorite animal – rabbits! Are rabbits a “totem animal” to you? When did you become aware of the importance of rabbits in your life?
Bruce_ I’ve always loved rabbits. They’re shy like me and they’re so picked on in nature. But sadly for our family rabbit, we killed her with kindness. That’s why I wrote my first memoir called
When a Man Loves a Rabbit
My first book is a warning to novice bunny owners.
In 1996, I found out about
The House Rabbit Society (Lynda’s note – Learn More about Rabbits at this link: https://rabbit.org/
and that rabbits can make wonderful house pets for adults. Their information confirmed some things I had already noticed with the rabbits I once had. For example, they like to toilet in one spot. Bunnies dislike chaotic situations but they are social creatures.
Q_ I also know that you love music. I’ve enjoyed learning so much about a variety of musical genre by reading your blog posts. You give a sample of a piece of music and a performer or group that recorded the particular piece of music, Then, you give some background andhistorical context to that music. Your blog features are enjoyable to listen to, also educational. I would say you are a connosouire of modern music. Do you have a favorite song that brings back good memories for you, Bruce?
Bruce_ When Klaatu released their first LP in 1997…
I fell in love with a song called “Little Neutrino.” It combined space rock and synthesizers, plus the vocoder vocals appealed to my love of science fiction.
I also named one of my rabbits after the song.
Neutrino was a feisty black bunny
who was very small and hard to see in dusky rooms.
He also had a knack of slipping through barriers I erected to keep him out of rooms which I hadn’t bunny proofed. Neutrino was three years old when I adopted him and we lived for eighty-two months together.
Q_ What is one topic that you won’t ever choose to write about in the future? Is there something that is “off limits” to you, as a writer?
In my book, My Deliverance from Jericho…
Bruce_I told the story of how I was sent to a school for the blind. At age seven, I went there for months at a stretch and was raised by supervisors. I spent six years of my life in that uncaring institution before the government mainstreamed me and other Alberta children.
I learned the hard way that most people can’t relate to my experiences at that school.
My rabbit book was a relative success because I knew my readership. But I misjudged the interest of sighted readers, causing my Jericho book to sell poorly. Only fellow blind people wanted to read what I wrote. But since it cost too much to have the book made into audio or braille versions, and since most blind folks couldn’t afford to pay, few copies sold.
Q_ What is on your “back burner” and waiting for your attention?
Bruce_I’m working on a new book called
You Think You’re Going to Heaven?
Many people who consider themselves Christians aren’t following Christ and have never obeyed him. They feel their good works and showing up at church will gain them entry into paradise but they’ll be turned away. I want every one to know the true way to eternal bliss.
My next book won’t be a memoir. I made that mistake with my third book called How I Was Razed. Most folks don’t care about my experiences at a cultic house church. Even Christians weren’t eager to buy a copy of that book.
Q_ What do you have an eye on right now, for your future?
Bruce_I hope to retire in 2021. I’ll relax and enjoy life.
Note from Lynda:
Somehow I cannot imagine that Bruce would be retiring from the writing life. He seems to be an “Energizer Bunny” when it comes to ideas for book and publishing. Personally, I think he will go on, and on, and on….and we will see more books by him in the years ahead. I surely hope so!
Bio: Bruce Atchison lives in a tiny Alberta hamlet.
He is almost blind, yet he has written three books and is writing a fourth. Bruce also writes freelance articles since 1997.
His blog posts appear three times a week.
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