Spotlight: Elliot Richard Dorfman Visits to Talk About Sci-Fi Romance Fantasy, A MOST PRODIGIOUS FAMILY!

Today, we're doing something a little different. Fellow author Elliot Richard Dorfman is stopping by to talk about his latest book!
 

Hello, Elliot! It's great that you're visiting MLB.  :)

 


  

 

Hi! Thank you for having me on your blog, Marie. 




 

 

My pleasure, of course! So, let me ask a few questions since you're here...

 

All right.


 


Can you tell us a little about your book? When did it come out and where can we get it? 


http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01221PWIOA MOST PRODIGIOUS FAMILY is a science fiction romantic fantasy. When Betty Langford wins an antique mirror on a local television news contest, the handsome young anchorman, Anson Garner, visits to install the mirror. The middle-aged woman treats him to lunch and learns the newscaster is unhappy living in a hotel. Betty she suggests he rent one of her spare bedrooms--but what Betty doesn’t know is Anson has magical powers. Anson's ancestors came to Earth over six thousand years ago from a parallel world that was overtaken by terrorists. His magic is derived from a book of powerful spells and potions passed down to him. With a secret potion in her coffee, Betty becomes a beautiful young woman once again. Romance abounds, but when trying to contact Anson at the television station, Betty discovers he is not a newscaster. He confesses to her his true identity. Accepting the truth of who he is and what his destiny really is--Anson and Betty tackle the challenges that time and his ancestry bring them face to face with. It can be purchased through Amazon.com or the Beau Coup Publishing website.


Sounds great!

 


So, what inspired you to write this book? How did you get into writing science fiction and fantasy?


It was inspired by a short story I wrote which I felt could be developed. I find writing science fiction and fantasy novels fulfills one of my creative needs.


So...what, do you feel, sets your book apart from other books in the genre?



This book covers a unique theme and has many surprises for the reader.




Give us a teaser or two if you can.





The room had gotten cold. Anson put some logs in the fireplace and then sat her down. “Betty, do you believe in magic?” He mumbled some kind of command and with a wave of his right hand the logs lit.


“Not at all,” she responded, not paying attention to the strange thing he had just done. “But how can you say that to me after your youth suddenly returned? Aren’t you a bit curious and surprised why and how it all happened?"


“Not really. I assume there must be some natural and logical explanation to my condition.” “Oh, there is—depending on what you consider is natural and logical. To be honest with you, I am the one who caused it to happen!”


Betty began to laugh. “Oh, come on, Anson, stop joshing me.”

Anson’s patience was starting to wear thin. “I am not joshing you, Betty. It is the truth! I slipped a potion into your coffee the first day I came here in order to make us physically compatible because I am much older than you.”

“Why, that’s totally absurd!” she immediately responded.

“No, it isn’t absurd at all! Honey, please don’t be so darn pigheaded. Try to understand I am what people call a warlock and can do a great many things that are considered magic.”

Betty looked closely at Anson’s face to see if there was a hint of a smile to indicate he was joking with her, but his expression remained totally serious. “You’re talking silly. Besides...warlocks are supposed to be evil!”

That remark got Anson furious. “Such ignorant kind of thinking has caused many generations of my kind to get hurt. Despite the fact we always minded our business and never tried to interfere with anyone outside of our own group unless extremely urgent, through the years your people have become frightened when catching my ancestors doing things that looked to them like magic. Why back in the seventeenth century my relations were condemned and called demons from Hell! Punishments were harsh then. Sentences included being brutally burned at the stake, stoned to death, hung, shot, or killed by some other horrific torture.”

All this talk was just too outlandish for Betty to accept. She continued to virulently shake her head in disbelief.

“Please, Betty, try to be open-minded and accepted what I’ve told you. Don’t keep acting like a stubborn, provincial peasant,” he said so loudly that the room reverberated from his voice.

Betty shrugged, but became alarmed at his highly agitated state. “All right, Anson, calm down. I’ll try to be more open-minded; although I can’t help feeling what you are telling me is more of a fairy tale than the truth.”

“Take my word, there is nothing false in what I’ve told you, so won’t you please listen more objectively to the rest of what I say?” he asked before continuing on with his tale.

Betty nodded, but began wondering if Anson might be a bit psychotic.

“My ancestors originally came from an older and highly more advanced planet in a parallel dimension. Things in their world were harmonious for many centuries. Then six thousand years ago, the people became complacent and did nothing to stop a few rebellious groups run by terrorists from continuing to grow in strength and uniting. This group ultimately became powerful enough to spread their evil onto every continent of that planet and kill off anyone who dared to try and disobey their cruel, archaic rules they demanded to be followed. All progressive knowledge and freedom of thought which had been achieved for hundreds of years were squelched.

“Unable to accept this kind of subservient life, some brilliant young adventurous scientists rebelled and secretly devised a way to leave their dimension and come to this Earth where life once had fewer complexities than today. Here, they could live the way they desired. Just before leaving their dimension, some of my ancestral scientists bravely managed to get into the terrorists’ vault and make copies of top confiscated spells and potions that had been developed for centuries by the once civilized people. Knowing a horrible price would have to be paid if the rebellious scientists were ever caught by the terrorists, all traces of what they did to be able to leave that dimension and come to Earth were removed when they left.

“At first, everything went well for my ancestors after they transported themselves to Earth. They settled on a small island in the Pacific Ocean where there was plenty of food and resources to live on. It didn’t take too long for a thriving colony to develop until an unexpected earthquake caused catastrophic damage. Almost all the people on the island were wiped out except for a group who had gone to the mainland to do further exploration of your planet. While retaining much of their advanced knowledge, these survivors became nomadic, wandering across what was an earlier crude version of their planet. It was decided that this group would stay together for mutual protection and it grew again in time. As Earth’s own civilization began to advance, my people traveled all over the world and observed the variety of cultures—but never interfered with them. Worrying how wars and turbulence occurred year after year among the Earth societies, my people divided into two separate units to make sure they would not all perish if caught in one of those large ongoing battles. The groups established two towns; Merriwell in England and Mapleton Mills here in the Northeastern coast of America. Each unit selected a leader who, followed by their descendants, would be in charge of a book containing the important advanced knowledge the ancestral scientists had gotten when they absconded from their dimension. I happen to be one of those present leaders.”

Betty sighed, finding what Anson was telling her too overboard to believe. “I’m sorry, but what you say still sounds like a fantastic yarn to me. Are you sure you’re not exaggerating the facts a wee bit, Anson?”

“Don’t be ridiculous, Betty. What would that gain me?”

Betty thought a moment, and then angrily moved away from him. “If what you told me is absolutely true then you have deliberately been deceiving me ever since we first met.”

Anson sighed. “Yes, I guess I have, but what else was there for me to do? I waited so long to find the right kind of woman to love and marry in order for my bloodline to continue and guard the book the ancient scientists entrusted my family with. With so much at risk, I was determined to make our relationship work when I met you. Admit it, you would have definitely thought me a kook had I told you the truth about me and my ancestors when we first met.”


You certainly hooked me!


So, I'm sure readers are curious about your next writing project. Can you tell us what you've got cooking up now or is that a secret?




I am writing a fantasy called Beyond Any Dreams. It has a strong character that I feel the reader will relate to.



Great!
 


Thanks so much for stopping by to tell us about A Most Prodigious Family, Elliot!




My pleasure!


Readers, you'll just have to pick up a copy of this sci-fi romance fantasy ! ;)




http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01221PWIO




Here is the blurb.



When Betty Langford wins an antique mirror on a local television news contest, the handsome young anchorman, Anson Garner, visits to install the mirror. The middle-aged woman treats him to lunch and learns the newscaster is unhappy living in a hotel.
Betty she suggests he rent one of her spare bedrooms--but what Betty doesn’t know is Anson has magical powers.
Anson's ancestors came to Earth over six thousand years ago from a parallel world that was overtaken by terrorists. His magic is derived from a book of powerful spells and potions passed down to him. With a secret potion in her coffee, Betty becomes a beautiful young woman once again.
Romance abounds, but when trying to contact Anson at the television station, Betty discovers he is not a newscaster. He confesses to her his true identity. Accepting the truth of who is and what his destiny really is--Anson and Betty tackle the challenges that time and his ancestry bring them face to face with.



Universal Amazon Link:  http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01221PWIO


Sounds like an interesting read!

 

About the Author:


Elliot Richard Dorfman taught theatre arts, broadcasting, music, and social studies in the New York City School System for more than three decades - as well as teaching private vocal and piano lessons from the time he was seventeen years old. Elliot founded Suma Play Productions, Inc., and was the artistic director of the American Youth & American Theatre Repertory Companies. Many of his former students have become successful actors, singers, writers, producers, directors, and teachers in various entertainment fields.

Mr. Dorfman is a former member of the NY Dramatist Guild. He has appeared on and has written for radio and television. His dramatic and musical plays have been performed professionally, at schools, community centers, and camps.

After retiring and moving from the city to Upstate New York, Elliot began focusing on writing. Since then, 120 short stories have appeared in 32 publications and several poems in 4 magazines. In 2008, the readers of Golden Visions Magazine voted Elliot as their favorite author.




Author Links: 







Elliot's Books:


http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01221PWIO

http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Tomorrow-Elliot-Richard-Dorfman-ebook/dp/B00Q39G4K2/ref=la_B00MWBIXRM_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441928981&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Yours-Forever-Elliot-Richard-Dorfman-ebook/dp/B00JJ380W4/ref=la_B00MWBIXRM_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441928981&sr=1-4


http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Others-Elliot-Richard-Dorfman-ebook/dp/B00BSXX3I4/ref=la_B00MWBIXRM_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441928981&sr=1-3


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