Want a Baby? Get permission. Four people are about to break this law.
With the blessing of the 55th President of the United States, the newly formed Office of Familial Equality
promises to end all the nation’s problems including poverty and illness with the Family Protection Act. The only catch is all pregnancies must be registered and approved.
All eyes turn to the first person to break the law, Justin Winters, an electrician suddenly turned subject of national attention. Joining him in the escape are the women known only as Spring, Summer, and Fall as they work together to run from the bureaucracy and national spotlight that pursues them.
Once the secretary of the OFE learns Winters has tested positive for causing multiple unregistered pregnancies, he comes after him full force, as the future of the Act rests upon if and how Winters and the women are brought in. Their successful defiance would lead to more defectors, their capture providing an opportunity to make an example of them all.
With little more than the clothes on their backs, the four set off on a quest for freedom and to keep the identity of the mother a secret. Most of all, they are running from an ordinance in the law which threatens what they hold most dear.
I’m looking forward to delving into the plot and themes of this haunting tale with the highly talented Lilia, who gladly welcomes your questions and comments during the live broadcast at (347) 345-7246.
In the second hour, stay tuned for some “Public Service Satire” with the Right Wing Riot featuring the Luminaries of Liberty, Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right and the Prince of Whitebread.
To listen live online, click on this link. Or listen by phone at (347) 945-7246. See you Tuesday!
Today, an interview with American Journal’s very own Daria DiGiovanni, discussing her various and sundry roles as journalist, talk show host, and ghostwriter.
1. I guess the standard questions for the average writer should be asked first. Bare with me: “How do you get your ideas?” ”A writer, don’t you have a real job?” Feel free to insert any other dumb questions you’ve heard from the general populace.
DD: To me, life experience is the best source of ideas. My first novel is based on actual events not only in my life, but in the lives of people I’ve known, whether friends, family or acquaintances. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the innocent – ha!
As for the “real job,” I spent many years in the corporate world, mostly in the financial industry, in various capacities from corporate communications to marketing to community relations outreach to recruiting. One of my favorite positions was writing e-proposals for a company that specializes in digital marketing for the hospitality industry. That experience helped tremendously in honing my descriptive writing abilities to give the reader a full sensory experience of a particular place, character or plot point.
Even now, I provide social media services for a variety of clients including authors and small businesses. Among other things, this involves setting up blogs, managing social media platforms, providing content, and navigating through the independent publishing process.
I started the Writestream Radio Network back in March of 2013 in an effort to create a diverse network catering to as many tastes and interests as possible. Of course the effort wasn’t completely altruistic because by building an influential network, I would have much more value to offer to prospects and clients seeking writing, editing and social media services. In recruiting Lisa Tarves , John D. Gresham, Dr. Billie Eizenberg, and Sheena Benjamin Wise, I’d hoped that the time they’d spend preparing and producing their weekly broadcasts would also help them take their respective businesses to even greater levels of success.
And in spite of the time and work commitment we’re all enjoying the opportunities Blog Talk Radio provides for exposure, knowledge and professional development. Still, it can be challenging at times both financially and personally to keep the network afloat. Much like the discipline of writing, online broadcasting is a solitary activity. It can be lonely at times while it occasionally makes you wonder if it’s all worth it.
That’s one reason why this email from recent guest Chuck Hooper made my entire day:
Daria, I have been a guest on several radio shows, and I have to tell you that your questions and comments were the most relevant and focused. You are excellent at this and I’ll be sure to catch more of your interviews. Is the interview archived and accessible? I would of course like to listen to it in hopes I can learn how to become a better guest for such gracious people as yourself.
I’m grateful that you read the book and it achieved its purpose. I especially appreciate your love of liberty and country and willingness to defend both.
On Writestream Tuesday I make it my mission to promote independently published authors because I know how difficult it is to experience success in an age when everyone can publish a book. My weekly show affords me the chance to develop and improve my interviewing and communication skills because I believe we learn best by doing. So when a guest takes the time to share their impressions the way Chuck did, it truly uplifts and assures me that my work is not in vain. Now with the addition of the Right Wing Riot, the Tuesday show also offers an irreverent, informative and entertaining take on culture and politics from three very accomplished writers. I’m thrilled to have them sharing airtime.
In the not so distant future, Michelle hides in the shadowy cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, waiting for her unborn child, targeted by the untouchables who have assumed absolute power . Michelle’s husband, Jason, remains in their hometown, struggling against overwhelming odds to keep his wife and child from being found. The blue-collar Catholic couple have already endured numerous losses, including that of a baby son, born under mysterious circumstances. This pair of childhood sweethearts and their family and friends have always stuck together, but the storms of transformation turn everything upside down. Friendships disintegrate, fathers and sons become enemies, and trust is a thing of the past. The ways of traditional America have gradually become what those in power term evil. What used to be evil is now the law, strictly enforced by the bureaucracy, and for ordinary people there is no middle ground; you either play or pay. Deviation from government policy will land you in jail… or worse. Media figures who aren’t part of the power structure begin slowly disappearing, and Jason must depend solely on God to help him save his wife and baby. Tears of Paradox is a story full of suspense, romance, sadness, humor, and nostalgia; a must read for Americans in these rapidly changing times.
Aside from the reviews already posted on Amazon, I’ve been seeing nothing but highly positive feedback on Twitter and Facebook about Daniella’s novel, which several friends and contacts are currently in the process of reading. As one of Daniella’s Twitter followers and CLFA Facebook friends, I cannot wait to bring her on the air to talk about Tears of Paradox, the first in a series entitled Storms of Transformation.
In the second half of the show, The Prince of Whitebread and his cohorts Ms. Scary Smart and Ms. Always Right will usher in the Right Wing Riot — their own unique brand of “Public Service Satire.”