07 Jul 2014

Lawrence Grodecki: “Dawn At Last”

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“Dawn At Last” by Lawrence Grodecki is a beautifully written and very artistic work of literary fiction that, amongst other themes, takes us into the very core of what makes people connect with each other and what stops them from connecting.

Tapping in the dark until there is ‘Dawn’ (at Last) the protagonists are all searching intimacy but are finding it hard to connect.  DALjuly1
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).

Official Blurb:

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?

Interview with Lawrence (the artful dodger?): In The Right Place

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.

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books? The Other Way

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:

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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.

13 Responses to “Lawrence Grodecki: “Dawn At Last””

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  2. Chris Rose says:

    Brilliant interview, Christoph. And thanks, Laurence, I’ll be on to that.

    It’s always interesting to read how people go about juggling more than one type of work, with writing – consensus maybe being ‘with difficulty’, but also with the right attitude…

    Love the Marilyn anecdote. As well well as what you say in response to the last question, about naively believing you’d be able to just stand back and let your work do the talking. I guess you learn that through success, so it’s all good…

    • Lawrence Grodecki says:

      Thanks Chris. You’re right about that learning. Also, I think Marilyn really had us all fooled, still does . . . a true enigma?

  3. Joss Landry says:

    Congratulations, Christoph on a great interview. This must be such a hard decision to make, to write or to paint, but to have it all. I know, painting is for me the thing that got away, the visual art I was good at but didn’t pursue to take up writing. Some choices are difficult.
    And Laurence, those paintings, absolutely mesmerizing. Difficult to tear myself from the colors. Especially the cover for “Dawn At Last”. Spectacular! A cover like this only assures me of a story with a lot of insights.

    • Lawrence Grodecki says:

      Thank you Joss. As I recently explained in one of my blog posts, I seldom publish any portrait art, or do it for that matter. There’s a good reason for that, which is in the post.

      Given the nature of the book, the main character and the plot, this cover definitely goes well with it all. I only wish it conveyed some of the lighter sides of the story, but then I suppose those parts will come as pleasant surprises?

  4. Eric J. Gates says:

    Really great interview. Loved the Mexican Shaman with an MBA in Marketing – that created an amazing mental picture of a Board meeting!

    • Lawrence Grodecki says:

      That’s funny Eric, and yes, they used to shudder when I’d enter a meeting with a blindfold on and what “appeared” to be a walking stick! Si?

  5. Tony Gilbert says:

    Good interview. Wish I had the time to spend ten hours a day on my art!

    • Lawrence Grodecki says:

      It was a conscious choice Tony. My favorite times were when it was 24 hours a day…all nighters with only a short meal break now and then. Nothing frantic though, just in a certain peaceful frame of mind. The time was not the issue, still isn’t.

  6. Donna says:

    A nice interview.

  7. Owen Jones says:

    Hi Christoph,

    I really liked your interview and signed up so I don’t miss any more.

    Regards,
    Owen

  8. Su Williams says:

    Christoph, your blog is so organized and easily navigated. I enjoyed this interview with Lawrence Grodecki. His cover art is absolutely beautiful and I noticed he’s a member of Fine Art America. I’ll have to check out his work.

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