Guest Author Interview – Uvi Poznansky

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Title: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath (The David Chronicles Book 4)

Genre: Art/Photography/Museums

Synopsis: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the epic battle with Goliath.

These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscript illustrations inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the first of which is the novel Rise to Power, where she imagines the battle with Goliath.

Besides being an artist and having worked as an architect, she taught art history, and this collection served as the basis for a semester-long course analyzing the contrasts in viewpoints around the biblical story.

The book is arranged not by artist, nor by artistic style or era, but rather by moment-by-moment in the story, blow-by-blow, as imagined by various artists: Michelangelo, Bernini, Dali, Adrea del Verrocchio, Donatello, Titian, Rembrandt, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Rubens, Degas, and Barry Moser, to name but a few.

Uvi Poznansky, A Multi-Talented Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is the multi-talented Uvi Poznansky. She is a bestseller, award-winning author, poet and artist. Welcome to my blog, Uvi.

CH: Can you give us a brief summary of Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath Book 4 of the David Chronicles? 

UP: Yes, Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath includes the collections of art that inspired writing the novels, These collections depict every twist and turn in this story.

CH: Can you tell us about the David Chronicles?

UP: The series The David Chronicles includes the following novels about the youth, prime of life, and years of decline of an iconic figure: King David: I: Rise to Power; II: A Peek at Bathsheba; III: The Edge of Revolt; and IV: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath.

In addition, it includes these collections of art, as well: V: Inspired by Art: Fall of a Giant; VI: Inspired by Art: Rise to Power; VII: Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba; VIII: Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt; and IX: Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine.

CH: You are an artist. So, what inspired you to write this book?

UP: The story has been a passion of mine for years, and when you see the paintings and sculptures included in Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath, you will know just exactly what inspired writing Rise to Power.

CH: The story happened so long ago in real life. Was it hard to portray the situations and issues?

UP: The situations become real to me through extensive research, as well as the fact that this story happened in the place where I grew up, so I know the landscape and the seasons. I read the bible in its original language and am versed with its interpretations based on the Hebrew original.

With the places living in me, the characters are soon born in my mind to inhabit these places and see, hear, and smell every aspect of them.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

UP: In this entire series, I did extensive research about each and every detail, both in the bible, interpretations of it by various scholars or different religions, and of course, artists.

The entire trilogy is greatly inspired by painting and sculpture throughout the history of art, depicting David. Over the ages, the view of the story has undergone amazing transformation. Take a look, for example, at the Painting ‘David and Bathsheba’ painted by Lucas Cranach, the elder, in 1526. He treated his subjects with awe and reverence, and the only naked skin visible is Bathsheba’s little foot, bathed by an adoring maid. David is presented as a psalmist, rather than a leering, dirty old man peeping on an unsuspecting, naked woman. There is not a hint of sin here!

Now, compare the way Picasso transformed this very painting. The composition is exactly the same (only mirrored left to right) but the brush stroke is modern, it is spontaneous and fresh, bringing a sizzle to the entire scene. He enlarged the proportions of all the figures, especially David, so it is easier to spot the king here, because he is the only one fleshed out among the men at the top. His musical instrument is barely sketched, because the important activity is not playing heavenly music, but rather gazing at the women, gazing at all the women, with keen, sexual interest. The water dripping from Bathsheba’s foot is clearly emphasized, with its juicy suggestion of a symbol of lust.

There is no right and wrong way to interpret the story.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your artistic writing style?

UP: As an artist and writer, I believe that my mission is to let the characters speak to you through me. David is flesh and blood—he lives in my mind, and so does Bathsheba. This story is happening here and now. I invite you to step into the skin of the characters, and look yourself in the mirror.

CH: When writing, where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

UP: I stay away from formulas. It’s quite simple, really: The entire trilogy is greatly inspired by painting and sculpture throughout the history of art, depicting the story David, who is an exceptional historical figure with great gifts, facing great temptations in love and war. You can easily read each one of the three volumes as a standalone novel, yet the themes of power and love run through the entire trilogy, allowing you to witness the drastic change in the main character from youth to old age. I find this transformation fascinating and hope you will too.

CH: How do you see the development of the characters?

UP: The characters live in me and I can step into their skin anytime throughout their history. For example: Despite the fact that David has a full harem of woman…Here is the way he thinks of Bathsheba towards the end of his life, in volume 3, The Edge of Revolt:

Overhead, a cloud breaks off from the others and moves in a new direction. Its wooly, dim grays are drifting across. I squint, rub my eyes. Now, in a separate layer, another image starts floating past: the way she looked, right here on this roof, when we came out of these doors the very first time.

I remember: scattered petals flew off, swirling in the glow around her long, silky hair that started cascading under her, onto the tile floor. In the background, a vine of roses twisted over the wooden lattice and into it. Between its diagonal slats I saw a diamond here, a diamond there of the heavens. I wondered then about the black void that was gaping upon us, dotted by a magical glint of starlight.

Separated from her by the thought of a kiss I sensed her heat, and the gust of air, which was sweetly scented by roses and by her flesh—but I could not tell if the breath between us was hers or mine. Which is when I knew, for the first time in my life, that she would always be part of my essence. I would be part of hers.

Accidentally the goblet, which she had set down next to her, tipped over and some of the wine spilled over her hip. The crisp sound of breaking glass rang in my ear. It marked the moment, from which I could not turn back. Never would I be able to put it out of my mind.

Yes, this was my fault: taking a woman that belonged to another. Soon after came the blunder: bringing her husband, Uriah, back from the front, that he may sleep with her, which would have explained her pregnancy ever so conveniently.

And when that did not go as planned, then came another mistake, the worst of all: sending him back to the battlefield, with my sealed letter in hand, arranging for his death.

All the while, my boys were learning their own lessons—not from my psalms but from my deeds. One error begets another, each one bringing a new calamity over me, over my family, and over this entire land. Sin followed by execution, followed by revolt, escape, execution, revolt…

Had I known back then the results of the results of my mistake, the curse looming over my life ever since that time, would I still choose to do it?

Bathsheba tries to raise me to my feet. Her fragrance brings back to me the sunny, warm hues of spring. The fears, the doubts flee away when we are that close. I adore the way she calls my name, the way she sighs. With every sweet word I fall deeper into her eyes.

How can love be a mistake? In my passion for her—then as now—what choice do I have?

I want to tell her, “Let me close my eyes. Let me remember.”

CH: You write in a lot of box sets. Is there a reason for this?

UP: I knew that my characters might die on the page, pressed between the front and back covers–unless I find ways for them to rise from the page and spring into your mind. By far the best way is forging alliances with the best and brightest authors, authors whose work is of outstanding quality and whose audience appreciates creativity. Finding such authors is a great challenge, and it takes months of research on my part, especially because this time around I was looking for stories around a shared, overarching theme: Love in times of war.

It is such a joy to forge a team and to facilitate the creativity of all members, aiming for a common goal. We invite you to our party, to celebrate the release of this amazing collection.

CH: What is unique about writing/mingling with other authors in a box set?

UP: I don’t write with other authors. Writing is intensely private for me. I become one with my characters. For boxed sets, I find the best and the brightest writers though my ongoing search. I love collaboration.

CH: I’ve heard that you often help other authors by creating various box sets. Can you tell us a little about creating boxed sets?

UP: I think that all the members of a boxed set, including me, benefit from collaboration. Each one of us has achieved success in a different way, so since we’re dealing with uncharted territory, we learn from each other and support each other.

CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

UP: One important thing that happened to me on this journey, which I find delightful, is working with talented audio narrators to produce the audio editions of my books. I am currently starting to work with a new narrator, Bob Sterry, to breathe life into my novel, The Edge of Revolt.

CH: What type of feedback are you receiving from readers?

UP: I am thrilled with every review—it never gets old! Here, for example, is one of the latest ones, for my novel, Dancing with Air by Thea on January 27, 2017:

What a wonderful, beautifully written series these books were. I started out with book 3 that came in a boxed set. I had no idea it was part of a series. I could not get enough, and of course was delighted to find there were books one, two, and four. These books stirred within me very deep feelings for the fragile and fleeting life we all live. The dreams, hopes, promises, regrets, and a beautiful love within a marriage that lasts through sickness, divorce, and death. The credit goes to the author. I have rated books, but never written a review. This series is well worth reading and well worth the highest review.

CH: Are there any writing projects in progress? What can we expect next from you?

UP: I am writing Volume 5 of my series Still Live with Memories, taking my characters, Lenny and Natasha, to France during WWII.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

UP: Sure! There is something new every day on my blog, so come and visit me there. And you might want to see my art on my website.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

UP: Sure! You can find my books— all 25 of them—in these booksellers: Amazon, Audible, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.

CH: How to find Uvi Poznansky:

  • Uvi’s Website: http://uviart.com 
  • Uvi’s Blog; http://uviart.blogspot.com
  • Uvi’s Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nrR0XM
  • Uvi’s Author Page: http://amzn.to/2nbo848

CH: Any closing remarks?

UP: Thank you, Cheryl. I enjoyed it.

CH: Thank you so much, Uvi Poznansky for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

Note: Photos/Clip art are compliments of the Internet, Uvi Poznansky and Cheryl Holloway.

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