Tapping in the dark until there is ‘Dawn’ (at Last) the protagonists are all searching intimacy but are finding it hard to connect.
This is best shown through the character of Donna, who works as a therapist teaching others about their lives and about love, but having many problems herself and struggling with some less professional feelings and ideas.
The narrative is slow and thoughtful and gradually brings all the segments of the story together.
The novel is a caleidoscope of fear and love, art and business, unity and separation, seen with philosophical, moral and spiritual eyes.
A fascinating and captivating reflection on the human condition (with mild erotic content).
Dawn at Last is an intriguing debut novel about one person at war with her past and it’s future. It’s about fear and love, real or imagined, and the close bonding of six misfits.
Single, 37 and never married, Donna Belauche – therapist, fugitive, entrepreneur – has everything in control until a chance meeting with an old sponsor. She must start again, leave Victoria, but she’s tired – she needs other options. She tries to go it alone but they get in her way, those five other misfits.
This is a mosaic of fascinating characters, searching for a taste of love in their own delicious ways. Their stories blend – Ben the painter, Sunaria and Andrea, youthful dreamers, Pierre and Charles, more than just partners. It snaps a picture of love’s morality, or lack of it, the clash between the material and the spiritual, and the art of life.
Lawrence Grodecki exquisitely portrays our strengths and frailties, capturing the tender moments where we find a little love . . . or where love finds us?
Describe yourself in 5 words.
First of all Christoph, thank you for asking for this interview – it’s very flattering. However, I’ll have to get back to you on this crazy question . . . so far those words don’t exist . . . how is that for a dodge? But if you insist on something now, perhaps, “WTF” will have to do for three of the five? Now that I think about it, perhaps that describes both the question and the answer?
You are an author as well as an artist – how do you balance the two and how do the two crafts interact?
I go by gut feeling – thankfully that gives me ample room for creativity. Seriously though, I can’t say today I’m going to write, tomorrow I’m going to paint. For each of the two books I’ve written I took a 4-month break from my art. After releasing “Dawn at Last” in 2013 I spent a great deal of time promoting it until a couple of months ago. Since then I’ve been immersed in art again, and it’s been a tremendous surge of creativity.
It just feels right, and when it doesn’t then I stop. If I don’t then I’m cheating the process. There is a commonality in that process, at least for me, and I suppose that concerns “letting go of one’s ego”. Certainly in the art there is often this selfless feeling and that’s when these amazing surprises happen. I’ve had the same thing happen in writing, especially while writing in my sleep. Sometimes I used to paint that way too, though eventually the ego does kick in . . . editing and touch-ups!
What inspired you to write your novel and what would you like readers to take away from it?
There are many big issues that disturb me, and some that are fascinating. My thinking style is this strange fusion between the abstract and the pragmatic. I suppose it’s a curse really. I mean at times I feel kind of like a Mexican shaman, but one with an MBA in marketing and strategic planning . . . I’ve tried to walk away from that.
Love is something that I believe/ know is very real, an aspect of the imaginary realm of ideas, and part of what Einstein couldn’t figure out as the “unified field”. It’s intriguing how he thought so much in pictures and how much he appreciated art.
So the simple answer is that it seems the western world I live in is increasingly in opposition to love. I have two young-adult daughters and I try to teach them about this conflict. In a way then, while my book is written for anyone who cares about the issue, it really is much like a personal letter to my daughters – in the form of a story.
What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island and who would you like to invite for dinner?
Oye, now I’m confused! How can I invite someone to dinner on a lonely island? I suppose the only way to do this would be to bring a radio . . . one that plays lots of 70’s music. My dinner date would have to be Marilyn, at least in spirit? I could fill her in on the music she missed. She must have a great sense of humor. My favorite quote of hers is from one of those times she had to deal with some annoying reporters who were only concerned with whether she wore anything to bed when she slept. Her reply was, “Did I have something on? Of course I did . . . I had the radio on!” I wish they would have asked how she got her IQ up to 130, which is borderline genius.
What are you working on now?
I’m immersed in my art for now, painting about 10 hours a day, maybe more. I also have a few writing projects on the back burner, including a sequel to “Dawn at Last”, a series of short stories based on my younger days, and possibly some non-fiction which would finish what Einstein started in terms of explaining that “unified field”. That last project would be a culmination of a lot of work and play over the past ten years or more. I’m really torn on whether it’s a good project to do though – unfortunately it could be an embarrassment for more than one school of thought.
When I first decided to go public with my creativity I naively thought this could be done with little required knowledge of “me”. That’s still a dream of sorts, and for good reason. Whether it’s my writing or my art, if there is anything precious about it then that concerns something much more interesting and important than “me”. If anything then, through it all I do enjoy finding ways to help people laugh or smile, if only for a bit.
Find Lawrence here:
Blog – http://lawrencegrodecki.me/