Chicago-style politics is front and center. When a sitting president has his roots in this sullied political heritage, it makes for news and leads to speculation.
NOT BLACK AND WHITE is a fictional account of many of the events that led to the meteoric rise of a local charismatic street politician to become America’s first African-American President, and the downfall and imprisonment of two consecutive governors of the State of Illinois, along with several of their most trusted advisors and cohorts.
This story puts the reader inside the campaign offices and smoke-filled back rooms where political deals are made. It depicts the rise and fall of a Syrian immigrant who made millions by pretending he had billions, while charming his way into the highest halls of wealth and power. The perspective of a local attorney/businessman who found himself in a front row seat to politics-as-usual in The City That Works is reflected throughout the story.
The cast of characters may appear familiar to anyone who ever read a headline or watched cable news and talk shows across the country. In 1994, a freak traffic accident occurred, killing a family of six young children when their van burst into flames after being struck by a semi-trailer truck driven by a man unqualified to drive such a vehicle. The truck driver, a victim himself, had bribed an employee of the Illinois secretary of state’s office in order to procure his commercial driver’s license. The tragic accident and resulting exposé of corruption and scandal that followed changed forever the course of American History.
Inspired by true events, NOT BLACK AND WHITE leaves it to the reader to interpret fact from fiction.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author G.A. Beller whose book Not Black and White thrilled as well as entertained me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love mystery and suspense but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for G.A. Beller, a biography of the author and an interview between me and G.A. Beller will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful G.A. Beller.
GA. Beller is a self-professed political junkie who enjoyed a long and lucrative career in the investment industry before diving in to his true passion of storytelling. NOT BLACK AND WHITE: From The Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is his first novel.
In 2013, Beller established GABE Advisors, LLC to invest in and encourage literary projects in creative collaboration with aspiring authors.
Now, how wonderful does G.A. Beller sound?! G.A. Beller is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of G.A. Beller’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and G.A. Beller, I hope that you enjoy G.A. Beller’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
G.A. Beller: I was introduced to someone familiar with one of the characters in “Not Black and White.” After a breakfast meeting, I was intrigued by the general concept of the story – the rise of the first African-American President and the downfall of two governors.
Living in Chicago during the unfolding of these events, I had followed all the news coverage as these activities were exposed. I decided to research the many articles that had been written. The more I uncovered, the more I concluded that I should write this book as a novel.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers? , What is your writing process like? And What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
G.A. Beller: Inspiration comes from the people and events I read about and watch each day. When I become captivated by a subject, I totally commit myself to researching that subject and evaluating how I might develop my own story and characters. In my opinion, you should first define your ending, and outline the basic story. By this time, your creative juices should garner your excitement to write. Once you begin to formulate your words on a page, immerse yourself when you feel the motivation. It should be a positive experience, not work, but a desire to tell your story. However, I do believe from time to time you must step back and allow yourself time off to re-energize.
I must admit, as an aspiring writer, I grossly underestimated the commitment to the process. I thought many times I was finished telling the story, only to decide a broader storyline was needed and that a more entertaining approach to various scenarios would enhance the reader’s experience. After many rewrites, I feel satisfied that I told this story well.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
G.A. Beller: I consider myself a binge writer. I spend most of my time thinking about my subjects and how I might want to convey a specific storyline. Once I become inspired to tell that part of the story, I will write non-stop, emptying my thoughts onto pages. I typically will not proofread or edit anything for days, and then I revisit my writing, challenging myself to improve on my ideas. Fortunately, I have a very talented collaborator who edits my thoughts. She makes the process very satisfying and validates my work. I then might not write again for weeks or more, other than notes to myself. When motivated, the next binge cycle begins.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
G.A. Beller: I subscribe to about thirty publications a month. I consider myself a serial reader of newsletters, both political and financial. I regularly read the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, USA Today, Chicago Crain’s as well as the two local Chicago newspapers. I read The Economist, and alternate between a number of monthly magazines, roughly eight to ten when I am home, and more when I travel. I read daily postings on many websites and from bloggers. Additionally, I subscribe to at least a dozen daily online newsletters. I estimate I spend a minimum of two hours a day during the week and roughly three to four hours on weekend days.
To name a few books I enjoyed, I would include 2030 by Albert Brooks, Game Changer, The Amateur by Edward Klein, as well as a number of biographies, which I typically read when I travel. My favorite novel is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
G.A. Beller: I have several story outlines in the pipeline right now, but currently my time is spent working on the pilot for a TV miniseries based on NOT BLACK AND WHITE.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with G.A. Beller! If you have liked what you have read about G.A. Beller and are interested in learning more about G.A. Beller and reading G.A. Beller’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,