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EDITOR CITES “AUTHENTIC VOICE”

In a new blog entitled “Authentic Voice”, Editor Peter Gelfan cites BOOK OF HOURS: The Beguilement of Brother Alphaios as an example of an author with a “strong voice”.   His comments are posted on the website of The Editorial Department, at the following link: 

http://www.editorialdepartment.com/blog

Gelfan states in part:  “…By the time I was a few chapters into the book, I was convinced that the author had been a cloistered monk whose monastic duties included restoring the illuminations of antique manuscripts—just like his protagonist.  This is what I mean by an authentic voice.”

Though considerable and detailed research was required in the preparation of BOOK OF HOURS, Gelfan notes:  “Like Hemingway, Anderson doesn’t dwell on the tools of the trade but concentrates on his protagonist’s intent and how he plans meticulously to achieve it.  Authenticity seems to have more to do with the characters’ involvement in the setting and props than with the author’s factual knowledge of them.”

Peter Gelfan is a freelance editor living and working in New York City, and author of Found Objects, a novel.  When editing my work, he was direct, professional, and blunt when necessary—exactly what I had sought.  He was suggested to me by Jane Ryder of The Editorial Department.  His comments here are his own, not solicited or otherwise known to me before their publication.

Any favorable comparison at all of my writing to that of Ernest Hemingway is, well, humbling.

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