Surprisingly enough for someone with over 30 titles available on Amazon, the hardest part for me continues to be: having confidence. I still question everything far too often and I have a feeling some of that is just part of being an artist.
Either that or coming up with good titles.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
Rather than simply provide the synopsis that is listed with the book, here’s something a bit different…
Many years ago, a parking lot filled with flowers tore the love and art out of one person’s heart. Now, Joseph Arillo is covering that same lot with flowers painted on the pavement itself and Andy Hollis, the new art teacher at Santa Ana High, will turn the past upside down to understand, even if it means getting beat up, even if it means going to jail, even if it means becoming a part of a rite of passage that will turn one young man into an artist and change Andy Hollis’ life forever.
I'm a librarian, so I'm always curious about libraries. Do you have a favorite library? If so, please tell us about it.
Where I live, in Southern California, you can’t really get to a library without a car and, as luck would have it, I don’t have a car. Having said that, libraries have played an important part in my life. At the Huntington Beach Central Library, long before the Internet, I spent many of my adolescent afternoons researching papers for school, studying for tests, but most importantly languishing in the rich atmosphere of knowledge that would help turn me into a writer.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
So much of my career as a writer has little to do with actual writing – producing audiobooks, marketing new titles, networking, and so on – that I’m hesitant to say how many hours I spend writing as it can vary wildly from week to week. But even when I’m working on other aspects of my career, socializing with friends, or even playing video games, I’m writing. Because writing is about much more than typing. Seen that way, I spend much of my time every day in the pursuit of writing… and I love it!
Name your top five favorite books?
Understanding that this could change just as soon as I type the titles…
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
- Anything by Kurt Vonnegut.
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- Anything by James Burke
- The book I’m presently reading: The Journals of Spalding Gray
What are you working on now?
This is a dangerous question as I’m always working several releases ahead of time. With that in mind, here are simply a few…
- Heaven Enough. This re-release is getting its own audiobook and, on the same day I’m writing this, I have a meeting with the actress who will be reading the audiobook with me. The ebook and paperback are now available and you can expect the audiobook in the spring of 2018.
- Not Where I Thought I Would Be. My third autobiographical monologue, the first draft of which was written in a marathon 24-hour writing session. I have rewrites and recording sessions ahead for this audio-only release, which you can expect in winter of 2017.
- Max Dedge in The Time of The Uniborg. Sci-fi/fantasy world-hopping adventure meets a detective who will sooner take a punch than give up on a case. This first book in a multi-book series arrives in spring or summer of 2018 with a radio-play inspired audio production to follow.
- And no list would be complete without mentioning the next Work of Art book. The series will return with more stories about Andy Hollis, Joseph Arillo and a growing cast of passionate artists who will do whatever it takes to make their dream happen.
Title: Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers
Author: Ken La Salle
Genre: YA / Contemporary Fiction
Thick tempera paint.
A parking lot filled with history, fear, and regret.
A young man named Joseph Arillo sits in the parking lot and paints the pavement with flowers.
And Andy Hollis steps in it.
As the new art teacher at Santa Ana High School, he’s too curious about Joseph’s Flowers and unravels both of their lives in his pursuit for answers.
He learns that it’s all part of a rite of passage, an absurd test started by Joseph Arillo’s father, the suspiciously world-renowned artist named only Tom. Which also connects to the drama teacher at Santa Ana High, Katie Bustos. Whose daughter, Desiree, may or may not be dating Joseph. Who is putting himself in danger from a local gang, the lot’s mysterious history, and the police.
Andy puts himself in danger of losing his job, his home, and his freedom. If he can’t solve the riddle of Joseph’s Flowers, both of their lives will go up in smoke – despite any help from Winny, the old, Slovakian bureaucrat at school, or his students, or Tom himself.
But is Tom trying to help? And is Joseph really up to his father’s test?
And is Andy really fit to be a teacher? He doesn’t understand kids, can’t get to school on time, and… doesn’t appear to care about art or families or anything. But Joseph’s Flowers will challenge everything Andy believes: about himself, about the world, and most importantly of all about art.
Before Andy and Joseph are finished, they will witness the power art has to provide inspiration, to waken our hearts, and to shatter everything you ever believed about humanity.
An Intention of Flowers is the first book in a 5-book series, modestly titled Work of Art, about growing into the person you always wanted to be, making the most of what you have to give and not just what you have, and the power in each of us when we chose to be ourselves.
Author and occasional philosopher and monologist, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given his writing a progressive and environmentalist view. You can find a growing number of his books and performances available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at www.kenlasalle.com.