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Friday, July 26, 2013

Blogger Book Fair: Character Interview Samuel Freeman

*Sam is standing on the sidewalk outside the Persephone Music Hall at night. The year is 1940, the city Seattle. I arrive with  and Shake his hand.*

So, good of you to talk with us Sam. We have a few questions that our readers are dying to know. 

First, what do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is my painting of Lily, or so she told me. I don’t get it; she’s tall, platinum blonde, and beautiful. The girl in the painting has a dark complexion and black hair and she’s searching across an ocean with faraway eyes. Lily asked that I paint her as she once was, and this is what I painted. Strange...

What is your most treasured possession?

Lily’s heart. Not a lot of material treasures in our apartment, ‘cept for the violin that she says is priceless. I wouldn’t change a thing as long as I can have her.

Your love sounds like one of the great ones. Tell me, what is your greatest fear?

I fear most that the one person whose influence changed my life—in some ways for the better and in other ways…for the worse—has forgotten me.  I wonder every day, and if I got the chance to find out…would knowing hurt more than the question?

Which living person do you most despise?

I despise no one and no thing.  Life is full of enough pain without keeping it wrapped up in hatred. I’d rather focus on the happy things in life, the things that make the bad fade into the background..

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

I guess I’d like to be a music hall, so I could enjoy shows forever and share in the delight of audiences.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

I guess you could say I was still a child when I saw Lily onstage for the first time. Listening to her play…hearing the sweet, mournful tones that she coaxed from that old violin…that was the night I found religion.

Thanks you so  much for your time Sam. For those that wish to know more, be sure to pick up a copy of 

The Lightness of Dust


Samuel Freeman, caretaker of the Persephone Music Hall in 1940 Seattle, dreams of the day his art will move him beyond the life that holds him. Lily Ostendorf, a beautiful foreign violinist, encounters Sam’s work in war-ravaged Europe and crosses the ocean to meet him. One night at the symphony unites Sam and Lily in a love story that resonates through the ages.

From ancient Anatolia—where a gifted young healer fights to marry her true love despite her father’s wishes—to modern-day Northern California—where Professor Jake Morgan struggles to save his marriage from the schemes of an alluring graduate student—the thread woven by Sam and Lily draws lives together and summons an unspeakable fate.

Follow the thread as mortal cares scatter with The Lightness of Dust.

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About M.L. Weaver

M.L. Weaver’s best friends as a child were books, as asthma kept him indoors—and in bed—a great deal of the time. His favorite genres were, and are to this day, science fiction, fantasy, and history textbooks.

Matt’s asthma abated but his love for books did not. Writing novels was always one of his goals but he didn’t manage to put pen to paper until the third year of grad school, which, as he now admits, might have been the worst possible time to focus on anything but research!

After graduating from UC Davis with a Ph.D. in chemistry, Matt moved with his wife and son to the Pacific 

Twitter: @ML_Weaver

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