Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment center in 1980’s California.
Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”
Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.
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Dyed Souls has won two awards:
Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category
Chill With a Book Readers Award.
If you could write another genre of book what would it be and why?
I’m not cleaver enough to write science fiction, so I’ll stick with adult literature. I’ve had a life long obsession with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, so it will remain just that.
If you could co-write with any author who would it be and why?
Really can’t imagine doing that. I think I have the soul of a UK writer. In the US, it’s often teams that write for TV and Movies. In the UK it’s usually just one writer. I really can’t imagine being immersed the way you need to when writing fiction and doing that with others.
Which Hero was your favourite to write about? As tortured as he is, Charlie. He endlessly seeks the “truth,” while instinctually knowing that to peek behind the pervasive fictions of life will only bring him pain. To me, that’s true courage. Writing the Margo and Javier characters came easier. Charlie’s grandfather was a challenge, but a welcome one. The tricky part was capturing a learned adult voice amid the kids voices, and not have him sound like a stuffed caricature.
Which Villain was your favourite to write about? Margo is part hero, part villain. I loved writing her character, so I’ll stick her as well. Charlie’s mother was very difficult to write. I can’t say I enjoyed writing her character much.
What inspired you to become an author? I always loved reading – it was my refuge growing up. But I can’t say that I set out to be an author. John Steinbeck viewed writing as an unpleasant obsession, and I share that view. Dyed Souls was a story that was stuck inside and needed to come out. I see writing as something you do – not your identity.
What is your favourite novel that you have written? There’s only been one, so…
What is your favourite novel you have read? A tie between Brooklyn Follies and Moon Palace – both by Paul Auster. Phenomenal reads. Brimming with thought and emotion without a trace of sentimentality. At the end of both, my jaw just dropped, while uttering –“Holy shit, how did he do that?” Andrei Makine’s Music of a Life has stayed with me for years. It’s more like a symphony than a novel – both stark and beautifully lyrical at the same time.
If you could write a fan-fiction on anyone else’s work what would it be? I’m too old to know what that is, and too ornery too look it up, so I’ll pass on this one.
If you could choose one actor to play the role of one of you characters who would it be and why? I really don’t know any child actors. I think they would have to be “new discoveries”, AKA Roma
If you could choose one person to read on an audible book who would it be and why? Ian Mckellen, hands down I could listen to his voice all day long. His is a melody I never tire of.