A Double Book Launch
at Pub Burgundy Lion
June 15, 2022
RAW AND REAL: BOOK LAUNCHES LOVE, GUNS & GOD IN AMERICA, AND, INHALED – JUNE 22 @ BURGUNDY LION JUNE 3, 2022
"I started the trilogy because I wanted to examine the lives of people when viewed through a lens of what is real, and what is perceived as being real. This fascinates me—the blending of these two things. In a sense, it is how we all live our lives. And certainly, I think, it is at the root of many of the problems facing America, and much of the world, today."
"I was speaking with my son, Cael—I can’t remember what we were talking about, when a line of dialogue appeared in my mind. It was this: “If I’m a monkey, I’m the Monkey King.” I had no idea where it came from, or what it meant. I mean, it was an obvious racial slur, and once I started to explore it, I discovered this character, a mystical man living in the woods, that turned out to be the son of God. So, that was interesting, and I pursed it. At first, I thought it might be a short story, but then, no, it was a novel."
"I try and write to the essence of things – more so than the thing itself. Writing to essence, you can cover more ground, quicker… a good thing in today’s reading world. I’m pretty sure I don’t select my subjects, but rather, a seed of an idea appears, and from there, it becomes something, or it doesn’t."
"This updated edition of the book comes out almost four years after its initial release. I was compelled to examine what one tells oneself in order to survive the humiliation. Time, its passage, gave me perspective and made it possible to better understand why I remained within the confines of a dangerous relationship. I went back to the memoire, the 1st edition, and added more insights, I delved further and found answers as to why it happened, how. The act of rewriting did something to me; I discarded my pen name, Isabelle Duval, and emerged as myself.
"This book felt like stream of consciousness with an inbred structure. The book I am working on at the moment has a flexible outline. Let’s just say that all is malleable and very organic. It works for me. Let’s see what my editor will say!"
"It’s a difficult question for an author isn’t it? I think that I write with no filters, with just enough emotion mixed into some… poetry, although I do not consider myself a poet. I think the subject targeted me, no pun intended really, as it’s based on truth to some extent. There is a sequel to Inhaled, Mad Honey. Following those two books, the choices will be mine, more mine."