Author Guest Post With R. L. Prendergast

R. L. Prendergast has kindly agreed to guest post here about his work, and share his inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of his newest release, Dinner With Lisa.

 About The Author:

R. L. (Rod) Prendergast was the entrepreneurial kid you saw on your neighbourhood street selling lemonade on a hot summer’s day. Recognizing young Rod’s preoccupation with money, his mother bribed him to read with an offer of 25 cents per bookand instilled in him a lifelong love of reading. Although he continued down the path of industryhe started and sold his first business before completing his Bachelor of Commercehe continued to read voraciously. After a number of years working in sales, marketing and management for several companies he spent a year’s sabbatical surfing and reading in New Zealand and, free of business pressures, he began to write. Those first words became the backbone of The Impact of a Single Eventwhich was long listed for the Independent Publishers Book Award for literary fiction, and which became a national bestseller in Canada. Spurred on by the success of his first novel, he took another sabbatical and wrote Dinner with Lisa. He is currently working on his next book.
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 Guest Post:
Could you describe some of your work such as your earlier writing?
I never set out to be a novelist. I wasn’t one of those people who always wanted to write a book and I didn’t take English or journalism in school. I was the kid you saw on your neighborhood street selling lemonade on a hot summer’s day. I don’t think I wrote a single word of prose from high school until I was in my thirties. At 33 years old, and after years in sales, marketing and management, I began to write my first story. That story became a novel called The Impact of a Single Event. It became a national bestseller in Canada. Essentially the story is about a personal journal that gets handed down from one generation to another. The story begins with a terrible car accident. Richard and Sonia, a couple with a crumbling marriage, stop to help the critically injured victims. In the process, Richard and Sonia find a 140-year-old journal by the side of the road. Six different people have written in the journal. Though the entries span three centuries, the writers share a quest: the search for meaning in their lives. The stories take Richard and Sonia on a personal and historic journey: across Canada to the jungles of India and back to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where a final mystery awaits.
What is your inspiration for becoming an author?
As I mentioned it wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I began to write. My wife and I moved to New Zealand so that she could continue her education. While we were there I didn’t have the same work pressures that I had in North America. As a result I began to spend a lot of time in the local libraries reading to my hearts content. One day while I was reading in the Otago University library (in Dunedin, New Zealand), an idea popped into my head. “Wouldn’t it be interesting to read a story about a diary that gets passed down from one generation to the next, were only one person per generation gets to add a story about a turning point in their life.” That was the initial idea for The Impact of a Single Event. So, it was a situation that initially inspired me to write.
 Dinner With Lisa:
Title: Dinner With Lisa
Author: R. L. Prendergast
Publisher: Dekko Publishing
Publication Date: November 1st 2011
In the disastrous economic times of the 1930s, Joseph Gaston, a young widower with four children, arrives in the small town of Philibuster seeking security for his family. Instead, he faces barriers everywhere. He does his best despite great adversity, but the strain of feeding and protecting his family whittles away his strength. Finally, destitution forces him to consider giving up his children in order to save them. Enraged by his situation, he attempts one last desperate act—on the night he learns about the mysterious Lisa.

Heart wrenching, humorous and historically authentic, Dinner with Lisa incorporates the crucial issues of the depression: poverty, unemployment, drought and racism. In the midst of love and loyalty, trickery and despair, the ultimate message of the novel is one of hope and the courage to survive even the worst odds.

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