September 22, 2018
Saturday is for Sharing
Series of Guest Authors – #12
Miss Opal & Lynda
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Saturday is for Sharing
Wisconsin Author & Poet
Q_ I really like the idea of blended genre – a collage – a different way of presenting the passage of time – not in a linear way and not solely by use of only one genre.
I am so interested in the work of creative people who are working across genre and across disciplines like you do.
Anyway, I am very interested in how you approach literature.Who influences you ? What kind of writing are you particularly drawn to ?
Mike_ Interesting questions. I don’t relate to the Post Modernist label. The poets I follow most closely are Emily Skaja, Kara Candito, Matt Hart, and Caryl Pagel.
I have done poetry readings in The Quad Cities.
Erin Bertram was my instructor in Literary College. She has some interesting multi-genre pieces posted on her website. (more information is here: https://erinmbertram.com/)
My favorite novelists are Ethan Canin, Haruki Murakami, and Jennifer Egan.
Ironically, my Bachelor’s Degree is in Sociology, with coursework in Psychology and Social Work. I worked at crisis hotlines during my college years. After college I worked in the areas of employment training and child welfare. I’ve worked a wide variety of jobs in my life.
Currently, I work as a construction flag man and this job takes me to many different places. It also provides me with solitary time after my work day when I can do my writing. I see and experience many different places and landscapes.
I feel that I’ve developed some kind of philosophy through my writing. I wrote my first short story for a Creative Writing course at Iowa State University.
Emotionally, I’m touched by the music of Paul McCartney, and of the Beatles. I’m absolutely thrilled by his new single, “I Don’t Know,” and listening to music is often part of my ritual before I write.
Reader can listen to this music and see the lyrics here: Listen & Watch – Click Here!
Q_ I wanted to present your Guest Author feature in a different format today.
For this reason, if you look below, I am posting the Amazon review for your latest book,
Breakfast at the Good Hope Home. I think it gives our readers a good overview of your latest book.
Breakfast at the Good Hope Home,
By Mike Bayles
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: 918studio press (January 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985194499
- ISBN-13: 978-0985194499
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
Lynda_ The book’s cover art is so interesting and a work of art in itself. I am fascinated by this cover because the art work takes us into another world before we ever open the book. As a visual artist, I am so sensitive to the art that a book has. The cover is the first thing a potential reader is faced with – and I think it is of utmost importance. You get an A for your book cover!
Mike_ The life of a young man changes in many ways after his father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is placed in a nursing home’s care. As the disease progresses, he loses the father as well as the family he had known. He must also help his mother, who has not accepted the disease’s consequences. The son tries to find meaning in his visits with his father after his father becomes unresponsive, and he finds a spiritual connection. He clings to stories his father told and learns to value his heritage. He learns to let go when he visits his father alone for the last time and is drawn back to his mother by the grief they share. In the end, he finds a sense of relief from a final conversation.
BREAKFAST AT THE GOOD HOPE HOME by Mike Bayles.
For the Amazon Review_ Check this website on Amazon:
From the 918 Studio site – a review:
Mike_ I love the coverage the book has received. In particular, The Cedar Rapids Gazette featured comments on my writing, and a review of Breakfast at the Good Hope Home. It has received nice reviews from various places.
I feel that my life is one of loss and rediscovery. Both of my parents have died, and I’ve lost some people who I loved. I feel that childhood times spent in Minnesota stirred a love of nature in me. Now I’m deeply influenced by traveling through Iowa, Wisconsin, and other Midwest states, for my job as a flagger for construction and utility companies. I have compiled a collection of poems, based on places I’ve seen during my travels for work, I also include places in an around Davenport, and places in Minnesota. I feel that some interesting themes emerge from this collection. I’m also working on a new short story.
Q_ What’s coming up now for your writing life, Mke?
Mike_ A project for release later, is another literary collage, where the main character has a mental breakdown after graduating from college. I’ve known some people who experienced difficulties in life.
Lynda_ I found a nice article – interview – of you on-line.
You are unique and I don’t want to miss that part of your writing life in our story . Thank you for allowing Miss Opal and I to do this feature on you today!
Want to contact Mike Bayles?
Thank you for being our guest today, Mike.
I am so pleased to be able to present your new book on SCAN!
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Saturday is for Sharing
is a weekly series coordinated by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner. Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg.
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