We find stones & bones in folktales, mythology, and religion. What people like about the oral tradition is the ability to change the story, each time you tell it.
The result is unique and entertaining. You recognise the story, but it’s different, unlike anything you have ever heard before. It’s like going into the kitchen on the day after Thanksgiving. You get a meal by making some unusual combinations: a pinch of salt here, a bit of sugar there.
I have taken stones and bones, stories and myths, folklore and tradition, a bit of religion, a dash of fantasy, a pinch of love, a bit of time travel, mixed it all up with an incredible long distance romance and built it up around a dynamic protagonist who you will either love to hate, or hate to love. The result is “Story Tellers: In Pusuit of Happiness.”
For dessert (yes, you get dessert too), there is also birth, rebirth, a battle for immortality and ultimate power to rule the world. It all comes down to the choices that an unlikely hero will have to make about who to trust, and who not to trust.
Finally, this book is dedicated to you, the reader. I hope you enjoy your story. These stones & bones, I humbly offer for your reading pleasure. Enjoy… Story Tellers have always told the stories of man’s pursuit of love, gold, power, and ultimately, happiness. In this book we meet a mythical storyteller, Solomon, his wife Lanisha, and his son David. Through their stories we follow the earliest fortunes and misfortunes of man’s attempt to achieve tremendous wealth, power and happiness. It is a story which will leave you wiser about the true meaning of true redemptive love, success, and joy…
Thomas Jerome Baker
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the past Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free professional development for teachers, by teachers.
EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics.
Thomas has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published more than one hunded books, all available on Amazon. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
What is the name of the book you are promoting now?
Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness http://goo.gl/3jTi9H It is #FREE $0.00 from April 8 to April 12, on 5 straight days.
What is the book about?
It is a book that crosses age and genre boundaries. It is about a Story Teller and his son. The son must learn the historical riddles and stories that his father, Solomon, tells him. David, the son, will become the next Story Teller and it will be his job to pass the oral history of mankind down to the next generation of Story Tellers.
In the meantime, Lanisha, who is Solomon’s wife, is a Time Traveler whose job is to guard the future of mankind from the evil sorceress, Alicia, who is also a Time Traveler. Alicia seeks the stone of power in order to rule the world. She uses her guile and cunning to set a trap for Solomon and Lanisha.
Only the boy, David, stands in her way of gaining total control of the world. Has the boy learned enough from his father to stop Alicia? The fate of the world rests on his shoulders alone.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
None that I am aware of. I always write what I know. This lets me be comfortable with the topic I am writing about. The writing flows for me because of it. I write in silence, without music or outside distractions. I don’t drink wine or alcohol. I do drink coffee when I am writing late at night. Once the writing begins to flow, it is hard for me to shut it down, so I write as long as the Muse is with me.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Robert Louis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. These are all masters of the art and craft of writing, and their work has been very valuable to me as a reference to aspire to.
What are you working on now?
A romance about a girl who meets a boy while she is out running alone. She doesn’t like him at first, but then he protects her from an attacker and she falls in love with him only to discover that there is a good reason for the two of them not to let things go any further…
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My blog, and social media like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, etc. Also, it’s important to network with other authos and develop connections which are mutually beneficial. If you help other authors, counterintuitively, you end up helping yourself. The best way authors can help themselves is by helping someone else.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be as professional as your circumstances will allow you to be. Beg, borrow or steal the talents and abilities of other people as beta readers, book cover makers, and editors. Attractive covers sell books. Beta readers get you to see your story through the eyes of a reader. Editors find the mistakes you make but can’t find yourself. Make your product as high quality as possible. And then, always be promoting.
Also, find yourself a genre and a writer who is so good you think you could never write as well as they do. Read that author twice as much as you write. But whatever you do, don’t let anyone or anything discourage you from achieving your goal. Eventually, your efforts will pay off, sooner, or later.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up. Especially when it appears you have lost. You are not beaten until you give up. Failure is only temporary. If you do not give up, failue can not define who you are.
What are you reading now?
Someone Else’s Daughter by Linsey Lanier
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have many goals, including three works in progress right now, and several nonfiction books in need of a second edition or third , so 2016 is quite a busy year for me. I recently started a new author’s group.
It is called Indie Author’s Social Media Support Group (IASMSG).
It is about connecting with authors, establishing mutually beneficial relationships, embracing diversity, and fair and equitable access to tips, advice, strategies and information that helps authors to achieve their goals. The group is in baby diapes right now, but gradually stars are rising who will be important to the group’s future success. Membership is free, no cost, and participation is by invitation only.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible (for my spiritual needs)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (entertaining)
War and Peace by Tolstoy (1,440 pages: I could start and finish it on the island)
How To Survive On A Desert Island (a practical book)
There’s this guy named Ed Stafford who was a captain in the British Army. He actually survived in the Amazon Jungle. He walked it from one end to the other, alone, and lived to tell his tale. Here is his five expert survival tips:
- Water is the most important survival priority. Lay out giant clamshells on the beach to act as containers or ‘use pollution’ – I found enough washed-up plastic bottles to store up a reserve of 40 litres of water.2. Green coconuts will provide a workable substitute for water that is full of electrolytes. The liquid is in balance with the body. Coconut flesh is very high in calories but after a few days you will require protein to maintain your strength.3. Clay is the best sunscreen. Dig up some clay from a dry river bed and soften with sea water. Simple mud is a poor man’s substitute.4. Snails and limpets are ‘grazers’ and can be eaten raw. Avoid carnivorous shellfish (crabs, mussels etc) until you can cook them – the potential for food poisoning is very high.
5. Aside of natural shelter, two simple ‘Y’ poles can be stuck in the ground about 7ft apart and coconut palms can be laid one on top of the other resting in the ‘V’ to keep the worst of the rain off. On the first night you could bury yourself in dry surface sand to stop wind chill if necessary.
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