02 Feb 2015

“At Odds with Destiny” Features: Uvi Poznansky

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frontcoverIn March THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS  will be part of a multiple author box set, entitled “AT ODDS WITH DESTINY“.  I’m very excited to team up with such great talent and have decided to feature all of my fellow authors from the set here in the Countdown to the release. 
Today I’m introducing Uvi Poznansky, the brain behind the operation and a familiar face to my blog, since I’m such a fan of her work.
5758946Hello Uvi, please tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person. 
I am an artist, poet, and author. In the last two years I have published several novels, novellas, a poetry book, and two children’s books. My art and my writing are two sides of the same coin: I write with my paintbrush, and paint with words.
I earned my M.A. in Architecture at at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and then, taking a sharp turn in my education, earned my M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. I write across a variety of genres: Apart From Love (literary fiction), Rise to Power (historical fiction), A Peek at Bathsheba (historical romance), The Edge of Revolt ((historical fiction), A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Home (poetry), Twisted (dark fantasy) and Now I Am Paper, and Jess and Wiggle (children’s books.)
Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did? 

My creative drive, in poetry, story telling, and art, started early in life. Before I knew how to hold a pen in my hand, I would tell stories that my father (a poet, writer and artist himself) would write down for me. He would also ask me to help him rhyme his lines, which introduced me to the music of words and the intricacies of writing. Just before he passed away, he sent me an entire notebook full of these early endeavors, written in his beautiful, calligraphic handwriting.

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Today I strive to stretch the envelope of what I create. In art, I use different mediums, which enriches my designs: I sculpt (in bronze, clay, and paper); I draw in charcoal, ink, and pencils; I paint in watercolor and oils; and I create animations. Similarly, in my literary work I write in different genres, which enriches my thinking: My novel Apart From Love is literary fiction; my book Home is poetry; my book Twisted is dark fantasy; my book A Favorite son is biblical fiction; and my latest three novels, Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt (put together they form my trilogy, The David Chronicles) are historical fiction.

What are you most proud of in your books?
At the end of every chapter in every every book I write, you will discover that having faced a challenge, the character has undergone some change. Taken together, these chapters give you a story of a profound transformation. I find it amazing–and I hope you will too–to live in the skin of the character through an entire series of novels, and to experience his life from youth to old age.
Here is the voice of old David, wary of his son who may overthrow him:
At my age I should expect nothing but respect. But when my own son walks away from me, my resolve immediately falters. To spite me, he smiles flirtatiously at Abishag, my lovely new concubine, till she tightens her robe around her waist and turns her head away, hiding her blush from him, and perhaps from me, too. Then with a youthful vigor, Adoniah bangs the heavy iron door deliberately behind him, which makes Goliath’s sword clang against the wall, right here over my head.
The rattle shocks me into trying to overcome the fright, the sudden quaking of my bones.
I adore my son, which lures me into seeing myself—my own image, only more invincible—in him. So what if he is rebellious? I must have been the same way at his age. Back then, did I not leave my father, exchanging the safety of his home for something unknown, for adventure? Did I not defy his charge for me to remain there, in Hebron, and support him in his time of need?
And here, his voice in childhood, coming to the palace for the first time:
I am pushed a step or two backwards, so as to maintain proper distance from the presence of the king. My name is called out in a clunky manner of introduction, after which I am instructed to choose from an array of musical instruments. I figure they must be the loot of war. So when I play them, the music of enemy tribes shall resound here, around the hall.
I pluck the strings of a sitar, then put it back down and pick up a lyre, which I make quiver, quiver with notes of fire! Then I rap, clap, tap, snap my fingers, and just to be cute, play a tune on my flute, after which I do a skip, skip, skip and a back flip.
It is a long performance, and towards the end of it I find myself trying to catch my breath. Alas, my time is up. Even so I would not stop.
Entranced I go on to recite several of my poems, which I have never done before, for fear of exposing my most intimate, raw emotions, which is a risky thing for a man, and even riskier for a boy my age. Allowing your vulnerability to show takes one thing above all: a special kind of courage. Trust me, it takes balls.
What song would you pick to go with your book?
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. I love the music, and the lyrics are simply beautiful:
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
What are you working on now? 
These are the two ideas that inspire me: family secrets that must be explored before the path to healing can be found, and the mystery of the mind at the point you are beginning to lose control over it.
My next project will interpose these ideas. I will  focus on the mother, Natasha, from my novel Apart From Love (which will become vol I of a new series, Forget-Me-Not.) Natasha used to be a gifted pianist, known for passing memorization techniques to her students. It takes years until she is finally diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer. Her voice will carry the story in my next novel, A Woman, Forgotten.
Author Links: 
Book Links:
The David Chronicles ebook
The Edge of Revolt ebook print
A Peek at Bathsheba ebook print audio
Rise to Power  ebook print audio
Apart From Love  ebook print audio
Twisted ebook print audio
A Favorite Son ebook print audio
Now I am paper print
cover of boxed set vvBestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense.Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their journeys.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

4 Responses to ““At Odds with Destiny” Features: Uvi Poznansky”

  1. Teagan says:

    What an awesome collection, Christoph! Nice to meet Uvi too.
    Hugs all around.

  2. C. B. Blaha says:

    What a great spotlight! Christoph and Uvi, you are both fantastic!


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