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Today is Friday and I bring you another author who’s not with us any longer, at least physically, although I’m sure you’ve heard (and most likely read) him.

Anti-Stratfordian Mark Twain, wrote "Is S...

Anti-Stratfordian Mark Twain, wrote “Is Shakespeare Dead?” shortly before his death in 1910. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark Twain or Samuel Langhorne Clemens (his real name). He was born on 30th November 1835, in a small town called Florida (Mo). He was the 6th child of his family. His father, John Marshall was a judge and they moved a few miles East to Hannibal, in the banks of the Mississippi, a stop for steam boats (travelling from St Louis and New Orleans) when he was very young. His childhood home is now his museum. His father died when he was only 12 and a year later he left school to become a printer’s apprentice. After that he spent a fair amount of time involved in the letters business and joined his brother Orion’s newspaper as printer and assistant editor. He moved to another job as a printer in St Louis, and once there he became a river pilot’s apprentice and obtained his pilot’s license in 1858. His pseudonym comes from that period. According to his official website (link below): It is a river term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of water for a boat is being sounded. “Mark twain” means that is safe to navigate. (Other explanations exist.)

Due to poor trade during the Civil War he started working as a newspaper reporter all over the country. He got married in 1870 to Olivia Langdon and although they had 4 children, only one, Clara, survived them, and she never had any children.

His first story to gain recognition was ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County’ published in New York in 1865. (You won’t be surprised to hear that in Calavaras, California, they celebrate the Jumping Frog contest.) His first novel The Innocents Abroad was published in 1869, The Adventures of Tom Swayer in 1876, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885…He wrote many other novels, sketches, articles, short stories, letters…

The cover of the first edition of Adventures o...

The cover of the first edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was interested in science, modern gadgets and inventions and he invested heavily in some of them that resulted in him ending up heavily in debt, despite the money he obtained from selling his books and from his many speaking engagements.

He died on 21st April 1910. His childhood home is now a museum in Hannibal. His birth coincided with a visit by the Halley comet and he was convinced that his death would also be associated with it (he died the day after the next visit of the comet).

Quotes:

He’s renowned as a humorist and has many quotes attributed to him. Here a short selection:

On Babies:

A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.
– Letter to Annie Webster, 1876

On Economy. So true:

It isn’t the sum you get, it’s how much you can buy with it, that’s the important thing; and it’s that that tells whether your wages are high in fact or only high in name.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

I love this one about Genius:

Geniuses are people who dash off wierd, wild, incomprehensible poems with astonishing facility, & then go & get booming drunk & sleep in the gutter. Genius elevates a man to ineffable speres [sic] far above the vulgar world, & fills his soul with a regal contempt for the gross & sordid things of earth. It is probably on account of this that people who have genius do not pay their board, as a general thing.
Mark Twain’s Notebooks & Journals, vol. 1, 1855-1873, p. 250.

And a few on humour:

Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom.
– quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
– “What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us”

Humor is the good natured side of a truth.
– quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read

Check the below link for more quotations…

Links:

Official website:

http://www.cmgww.com/historic/twain/about/bio.htm

University of Virginia website about Mark Twain:

http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/

A page about his quotes:

http://www.twainquotes.com/

More links:

http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/twain.htm

Free links to his books:

How to tell a story and other Essays:

http://www.amazon.com/Tell-Story-Other-Essays-ebook/dp/B00847EPKW/

The Prince and the Pauper exits free but in 9 parts. There are cheap editions that might be a better option.

Sketches New and Old and Tales of the Mississippi are also available in several parts also.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

http://www.amazon.com/The-Adventures-Tom-Sawyer-ebook/dp/B004UJTG6Q/

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (impressively enough between 4 and 5 stars and nearly 1000 reviews, that for a classic is pretty good. It’s one of the most accepted contenders to the title of The Great American Novel)

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Huckleberry-Sawyers-Comrade-ebook/dp/B004UJISMY/

Roughing It

http://www.amazon.com/Roughing-It-ebook/dp/B004SQTBIE/

Tom Sawyer Detective

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Sawyer-Detective-ebook/dp/B0084BNE8W/

A Double-Barrelled Detective Story

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Barrelled-Detective-Story-ebook/dp/B00846RJYM/

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (I love many of his novels but I’ve always loved this weird mixture of modern and fantasy medieval and his characterisation in this one and there have been pretty amusing film adaptations that I’d recommend checking.)

http://www.amazon.com/Connecticut-Yankee-Arthurs-Court-ebook/dp/B004UJTZ30/

The Tragedy of Puddn’Head Wilson

http://www.amazon.com/The-Tragedy-Puddnhead-Wilson-ebook/dp/B0084B0E94/

Illustration of Jim and Huckleberry Finn, by E...

Illustration of Jim and Huckleberry Finn, by EW Kemble from the original 1884 edition of the book. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And many more…

Thanks for reading and if you’ve enjoyed it remember to comment, share, and as it’s FREE, click! And also, remember that all this books are free thanks to volunteer transcribers so if you have a loved classic book that’s not already available and you’d like to share…What a great contribution to book lovers everywhere!

Also, many of his books are available in German, Spanish, French in free versions also…

In my Christmas selection I’m sharing two previous features with two very original authors. The first one is UK author Simon Jenner. He sent me an interview with John Smith the protagonist of ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’.

                       

Interview with John Smith, star and hero of ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’ by Simon Jenner.

Ethan Justice: Origins (book cover)

 

Thanksgiving is upon us once again when the people of America and Canada… well… give thanks.  In Simon Jenner’s book ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’, you get dealt a pretty rough time by the author.  What, if anything, do you give thanks for?

 

That is a very good question.  It is hard to imagine that I have much to give the author thanks for, especially given that he pulls me from a perfectly comfortable (if boring) existence into a dark world of secret police, psychos and pimps.  One day I’m happily living off my rich family’s charity and the next I’m facing a trained killer and an angry pimp armed with only a toothbrush.  What sort of person would do that to you?

I guess that what I’m most thankful for is being introduced to the delectable Savannah Jones.  In my past life I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get close to such a beautiful woman and even if I had I would never have had the nerve to talk to her.  Most people don’t see past Savannah’s looks because she comes over a little naïve, but underneath she’s the smartest and bravest woman I’ve ever met.   Our first meeting doesn’t go too well.  I’m shocked to find out that she’s a prostitute, but that’s a whole other story.  I’m a bit naïve myself at the start of the book, but as the author throws us deeper and deeper into trouble, Savannah and I soon learn to survive in a world of killers and scum, and experience comes thick and fast.

Thankfully, Mr Jenner gave me the skills and a resolute stubbornness, often mistaken for bravery by others, to cope in most of the situations that he throws at me.  One of the best skills is my ability to mimic accents and that alone helps Savannah and I out of more than one sticky situation.  I love that the book doesn’t always have to be about the guns and the fighting and that he gives me the ability to think on my feet.  I’m not one-dimensional and I’ve got brains.  I certainly give thanks to the author for that.

He also gave Savannah and I a great supporting cast of characters who provide us with the adventure to end all adventures.  The book has got it all in terms of action and plot, but what really makes it tick is that each character is different and, love them or hate them, you can’t ignore them.  Good or bad, they’ve all got depth and they make it easy for me to shine in front of Savannah.  Did I mention how gorgeous she is?

All right, Mr Jenner, so you did me a favour.  It’s true what they all said.  I was a waste of space, but did you have to put me through all that just to show me the error of my ways?  On second thoughts, don’t bother answering.   Knowing him, he’ll take it out on me in the sequel planned for early next year.  He’s got a sick mind and I don’t want to take any chances.

I can truly tell  you the novel is fabulous and I had a great time reading it. For more information see:

Links to Simon Jenner’s pages and books:

My website:  http://simonjenner.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SimonJennerAuthor?ref=hl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/simonrjenner 

Link to Ethan Justice: Origins: http://www.amazon.com/Ethan-Justice-Origins-Adventure-ebook/dp/B0087S6AA6

Simon’s talents are not limited to adult fiction. He has also sent me information about his new book about dieting:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intermittent-Fasting-Practical-Weight-ebook/dp/B00AAJO322

Considering Christmas is coming it might be just what we all need.

The second author is Gem Thomas:

Illustrations de The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,...

Illustrations de The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi all: I’m Olga and as I’ve been promising you I’m going to be bringing you authors as guests to my blog once a week. I am leaving them tell you in their own words what they think any readers would like to know.

My first guest is Gem Thomas, who is indeed a Gem and real character. See what you think and support his work! I for one I’m fascinated by his new project!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is GEM. And I am a writer and can firmly state that my recent work is above all the rest in the UK and US.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

Live it up. Have fun.

3. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?  

I first started writing when I was a child. I created all types of fiction. Action stories were my favorite. All the time, superheroes would be fighting villains in my stories. I recall writing what is now called fan fiction. At the time, I did not know of this genre. It was my story about another boy who floated down the Mississippi river, next to Tom Sawyer. I stopped writing so much in high school. By college, I was too busy to write fiction. After college, I finished my first novel in September of 2010.

4.How did you choose the genre you write in?

I cover many genres and plan on moving into more, once I am clear of my newest novel. The Strong Roads Series are historical-fiction works. I went to Hawaii right after college to learn more about myself. While in the local library, quite early in my adventure, I learned about an amazing tale of the Spanish being in Hawaii centuries before Captain Cook. I was immediately intrigued. I always enjoyed learning about world history so, I was able to turn this legend into a narrative. I am excited to say I am the first person to have done this.

5. Do you want to talk about your newest work?

My newest novel is titled Strong Roads: Blues and Greens and Blood. It is the continued story of the main character in sixteenth-century Hawaii. What interests so many people, I think, is the potential of it being a true story. My main character is made a high chief by the aristocracy and he falls in love with an even higher-classed woman. Their relationship breaks social norms. Then, war erupts in the Island and their lives are forever changed. I combined ingredients from literary classics and am pleased to share it with everyone. But, what I am doing different is releasing it in a digital format. Readers will be able to tap a character’s name and hear how it is pronounced in the ‘native’ tongue of Ancient Hawaii. This is only possible, because of modern technology. Everyone will enjoy the story and love the interactive medium it is told in.

6. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Yes. I have a crowdfunding campaign. I am raising money for advertisements associated with the release of Strong Roads: Blues and Greens and Bloods. Indiegogo.com is hosting the project and allows for international contributors, which is perfect because my story is able to be enjoyed in the international scene, especially throughout Spanish-speaking countries. There are plenty of rewards for everyone that donates to my crowdfunding project. www.gemthomas.com has information.

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Next Monday (as Tuesday is Christmas and you might be a bit busy) I’m planning to remind you of two of the great authors who’ve graced my blog with their presence. Both love to write about vampires…Deborah Palumbo and Jodie Pierce.

And now I leave you with a reminder of my books:

‘The Man Who Never Was’

Mancover(EnAmaz)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TWRT22

And don’t forget my new series of novellas, Escaping Psychiatry about a psychiatrist and writer and her adventures.

‘Cannon Fodder’ (Escaping Psychiatry part 1)

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKWO8Z6

‘Teamwork’ (Escaping Psychiatry part 2)

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKWSQJA

And ‘Memory’ (Escaping Psychiatry Part 3)

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKWVRCS

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