Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Only Moments by Nick Oliva
Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.
What's his name?Christopher Vadia
Why did you pick that name?
Chris' name was selected as Christopher Columbus was the discoverer of the New World. There are many references hidden, and some not so hidden, such as the letter he writes to the love of his life on Columbus Day about exploring the "new world," and many other references. That sense of discovery is really re-discovery as there is nothing new in the universe, just our awareness of it. Many of us have forgotten and/or forsaken the core essence of who we were in our youth and our values and dreams and it is that re-discovery that the book focuses on and that commonality of re-evaluation that occurs when one reaches the point of middle age and the passing of the torch. The lesson of the book is hope through tragedy, happiness through love of the self. Life has two sides, the ying and yang, the duality of nature. The loss of one so close changes and completely alters the outlook of life and that sadness can only be cured with the understanding and love of the self. Once he accepts his mortality and experiences the things he does (I can't give away the plot) he becomes aware of the miracles that surround us everyday and lives each day knowing it is truly a gift. His long dead wife comes to his aid and puts him back on the path to redemption of the last 15 years of his life.
Give us a brief description of how he looks. Brown hair, Deep brown eyes, 6 ft. tall, broad shoulders, 185 lbs, hairy chest, athletic build, handsome man
Is there anything unusual about his appearance? not really
Who does he love? Why? He is devoted to Angela his musical partner and soul mate. There is no other but her. He is entranced by her playing, infatuated by her looks, and is completely and unconditionally in love with her faults as well as her attributes. He is drawn to her as he is a flawed person and Angela completes his desire to bring him successfully into the musical world that he could have never accomplished by himself.
Does this person love him? She loves him dearly, but because she is so insecure and neurotic due to a secret childhood horror story, she cannot love herself enough to give of herself until long after her death.
Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? His family plays a small part of the romantic story.
Where is he from? Bridgeville, a fictional place based in Southern New Jersey
Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude? Not really
What does he want out of life? He is searching for true meaning and as he goes along in his life with Angela he discovers that it is the journey that counts. They succeed as a team believing in each other through the worst of times until the pressure that Angela imposes on herself becomes too much. He then gives up on himself and his life becomes a muddled smearing of day to day existence and not much else or hope of anything further bringing him happiness. He then begins his trek through the past and re-discovers who he once was. Life has two sides, the ying and yang, the duality of nature. The loss of one so close changes and completely alters the outlook of life and that sadness can only be cured with the understanding and love of the self. Once he accepts his mortality and experiences the things he does (I can't give away the plot) he becomes aware of the miracles that surround us everyday and lives each day knowing it is truly a gift. His long dead wife comes to his aid and puts him back on the path to redemption of the last 15 years of his life.
What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)It is Angela that holds the secret and she reveals it at the most unlikely time. It is the cause of their downfall.
Did you write more than one story about him? No this is it.
How would he describe you? A neurotic driving determined force that seeks perfection while knowing there is no such thing.
Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.
First and foremost this a love story that shows unlimited devotion even after one mate dies. When we open up the first chapter, we already know Chris' wife is long gone and he has suffered greatly. The depression he allows himself to stay in for so long, changes as he begins to recount the past-though involuntary. The setting of the future, it's technology and the human nature that rarely changes though the ages is exposed during the exposition. The real fun begins when we go back to his youth.
One of the messages of this book was to show that regardless of the age, future, past, or present-the needs and wants of the human heart can never be replaced by technology. The other aspect was to show that regardless that these two people were together twenty-four hours a day and experiencing everything together, they grew apart because of the flaws that each had and those flaws prove to be what made them great as well. Great art comes from imperfection and like the ying and yang, there is always danger in beauty be it the cliffs of Big Sur and rocks below, the infatuation of human beauty, or the spiritual dogma entrenched by centuries of emotional manipulation.
"They believed without question, without doubt."
That is quite a lot to write into a romance novel, but it is what life is all about if one wants to take the time to understand it's meaning and one's place in it.
Chris is every woman's dream. A man so incredibly devoted that no other woman could ever take the place of his wife and soul mate Angela. A man so patient and understanding, gifted and tolerant of her mood swings and temper. He understood her every move and motivation and their music echoed the love that they both shared.
Please provide your website link.www.onlymomentsbook.com
What is the link to buy your book?www.onlymomentsbook.com or amazon.com
It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?I wish that I did, but he was a photographer and never took his own picture.