Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Interview with Christopher Stone, author of Going and Coming

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Inside the Book:

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Title: Going and Coming 
Author: Christopher Stone 
Publisher: MLR Press 
Genre: Mystery/Metaphysical 
Format: Ecopy/Print

For gay, metaphysical sleuth Dr. Minnow Saint James, the workplace spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of the vast, incomprehensible affair that is God's Creation. At forty, Dr. Minnow Saint James, "Minn" to his friends, is a gay, metaphysical sleuth who, through Past Life Regression therapy, spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of God's Creation to discover the past, or future, life origins of his patient's most challenging present day problems. Minn did not always hold his current beliefs. He was born into an affluent, atheistic, Republican family in Beverly Hills, California, and raised to believe only what his five physical senses reported. In 2001, after receiving his doctorate from UCLA, Minn opened a highly successful traditional Hypnotic Regression therapy practice in Beverly Hills. For six years he enjoyed his life, until a patient spontaneously regressed herself to a past life in Eighth Century Coba, turning Minn's world upside down. Soon he was questioning his entire worldview. Now Minn is hoping that his past just might save his future.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in third grade at Ernie Pyle Elementary School, in Fresno, California.
I wrote a one-act play that my class performed in the school auditorium at the end of the school year.

How long did it take you to write the book?

Going and Coming, now available in print and electronically, at Amazon, and at mlrpress.com, has been on a back burner, simmering, for several decades.
But I actually wrote the book between June 2014, and January 2016. During the time that I was writing the book, I also wrote two monthly articles for Divine magazine, as well as a monthly Blog for my website (christopherstonebooks.com.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I work five days a week, most commonly from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. But I sometimes also work for several hours on the weekend. I’m incredibly disciplined, and I work a fifty-week year.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Perhaps I have a few writing quirks of which I’m unaware.
But I know about this one: Whenever I write about a restaurant, I write about a restaurant to which I have been. If I describe a restaurant meal, then it is a meal that I’ve actually eaten.

In your opinion, what does it take to get a book published?

Many things come into play. First of all, an author must have beaucoup personal discipline in order to write the manuscript. It doesn’t hurt to have a way with words, along with a clever turn of phrase.
A steely resolve to have your manuscript published is important, too. If you are easily discouraged, tor disheartened by rejection, then becoming a book author may not be for you.

Thirty-three publishers rejected the first book that I wrote under my own name, the nonfiction, personal development bestseller, Re-Creating Your Self, before I received my first offer to publish. My magazine features and books have been published by the likes of the New York Times, Hay House, and Dove Books.

Since 2012, I’ve been blessed to have MLR Press as my publishing home. Laura Baumbach, and her extraordinary executive editor, Kris Jacen, have treated me as if were family. My current editor, Kelly Anderson, is a gem.

And the gifted Lex Valentine has created the brilliant Cover Art for my three MLR Press novels, and for three short stories.

I got lucky with MLR. And luck is also among the things it takes to get published.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

As advised by my friend, the late, great Sidney Sheldon, I write about what I know.

Going and Coming is a prime example. In real life, I’ve many times undergone the hypnotic past life regression that my leading man, Dr. Minnow Saint James, facilitates in the book.

I’ve been a lifelong student of metaphysics. I’ve taught classes in both Meditation and Psychic Development. So, in Going and Coming, when I write of these things, I know of what I speak.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Earlier, I told you, Re-Creating Your Self, was the first book I had written under my own name.
True enough. My first book, Human Sexual Fantasies, was written under a pseudonym, for a Hollywood-based mail order company, Pretty Girl International.

I was twenty-five at the time, and I’m quite certain that I’d be horrified to read that book, today.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love doing anything with my spouse of almost twenty-two years.

I love reading, attending live theatre, going to the movies, or to a musical concert.

Cooking is a hobby of mine. I do it everyday. I’ve been at it since I was nineteen, or so.

Thank you very much.


Meet the Author

Born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Fresno, California, Christopher Stone’s early years were dominated by school, watching television and motion pictures, bicycling, skating, and reading avidly. Summers were spent swimming, and doing whatever it took to survive the oppressive San Joaquin Valley heat. But he also remembers fondly the yearly summer trips to New York, to visit family and friends – and to see Broadway shows.

Christopher left Fresno, for Hollywood, California, during his college years after being accepted into the Writers Guild of America’s Open Door Program, a two-year, scholarship, training ground for aspiring screen and television writers. As it happened, rather than a teleplay or screenwriting gig, his first professional writing job was in journalism – as the Los Angeles Editor for Stage Door, at that time, Canada’s equivalent of the U.S. entertainment trade weekly, Variety.

Christopher would later use his Writers Guild of America training to co-author and sell the original screenplay, The Living Legend, with Jon Mercedes III, to the Erin Organization, and later, and also with Mercedes, to write two seasons of The Party Game, a Canadian TV game show.

As a young freelance entertainment journalist, he contributed to many Los Angeles-based publications, among them The Advocate, for which he wrote a breezy film column, “Reeling ‘Round,” and the Los Angeles Free Press. During this time, he became a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

Christopher dipped his toes into the world of motion picture advertising and publicity, as assistant to the West Coast Director of Advertising and Publicity for Cinerama Releasing Corporation, in Beverly Hills. At the same time, he also did special advertising and publicity projects for 20th Century-Fox. Christopher went on to become an Account Executive for David Wallace & Company, a public relations firm specializing in entertainment accounts – and located on West Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip.

Returning to his first love, writing, Christopher became a full time freelance contributor to national consumer publications including Us, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, McCall’s, In Cinema, and The National Enquirer, among others. Many of his stories were syndicated worldwide by the New York Times Syndication Corp.

Another important area of endeavor for Christopher Stone was Re-Creating Your Self. A Blueprint for Personal Change that he first developed for himself, the journalist went on to teach the principles and processes of Re-Creating Your Self to others – first, in private sessions, later, in workshops and seminars, and, finally, for California State University Extended Education. Eventually, one of his students suggested he write a book version.

Re-Creating Your Self was first published in hardcover by Metamorphous Press, and subsequently published in a trade paperback edition by Hay House. It has since been published in Spanish, Swedish and Hebrew language editions.

When not writing, Christopher used his longtime interest in, and study of, metaphysics, to teach meditation and psychic development classes – first in Beverly Hills, then later, in Manhattan Beach.
He went on to co-author, with Mary Sheldon, four novellas for a Japanese educational publisher, and then, also with Mary Sheldon, the highly successful The Meditation Journal trilogy of hardcover books. Subsequently, he returned to journalism, this time, contributing hundreds of print and online entertainment features, columns and reviews to magazines and websites. For eight years, Christopher was the Box-office Columnist for MatchFlick.com, a popular online motion picture site.

In his private life, Christopher Stone met David M. Stoebner on May 17, 1994, and they have been together ever since. 
In 2008, they were married in Los Angeles.

They share a home with their three pets in Coastal Los Angeles County.

In 2013, Christopher’s pet project has been transforming their rarely used kitchen table area into a killer, retro 1950s Diner Nook, complete with a 1952 Seeburg Table Top jukebox, a neon diner sign, and a malt machine.

Christopher’s first novel, Frame of Reference was e and print published, in fall 2012, by MLR Press. A short story, Sweet Homo Alabama was published by MLR Press, December 19, 2012.

Stone spent much of 2013 writing Frame of Reference 2: The Dark Side of Stardom, a sequel novel to Frame of Reference, as well as, Abracadabra, and a short story, published at Halloween. But the indefatigable scribe also found time to contribute weekly reviews, columns and interviews to Queer Town Abbey.

As 2014 begins, Christopher looks forward to the publication of The Dark Side of Stardom, and he is developing a short story, Camelot Conundrum, as well as a metaphysical mystery novel, Going and Coming.


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