The Velvet Prison Synopsis:
Against the pulsating back drop of a New York City in social and economic change, young Travis Kane struggles with his passion to be an artist painter, and the conservative demands of his strict grandfather, Barclay Kane.
His mother, unable to come to terms with tragedy, has taken Travis’s infant sister and abandons him, leaving their house in Gramercy Park, and Travis to be raised by the grandfather he adores.
Travis enters a New York speakeasy, with a unique idea, that will change his life, leading him on an exciting journey, meeting Manhattan’s privileged, studying in art in Paris and, finding his way to Broadway.
Meanwhile, Lindsay Wayne’s mother, seamstress, has a secret, and a passion. Her daughter will become a famous stage actress, and this is her focus.
Lindsay and Travis’s worlds collide.
Their lives will never be the same again.
The Satin Sash Synopsis:
After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in 1941, American lives change dramatically. The Satin Sash continues the breathtaking lives of Travis Kane, Lindsay Wayne and Jean-Paul Renault with all the inherent dangers of the French Resistance, President Roosevelt’s live or die missions, and death defying action when German spies secretly enter the US through it’s ports. A wedding reception and the lives of Travis Kane and his family are thrown into chaos as America enters World War II.
The Satin Sash is set against the explosive backgrounds of New York, France, London and Ireland. Travis Kane becomes President Roosevelt’s tool in bringing one of the world’s most famous paintings to New York. Racial tensions surface. A famous black activist enters politics and an actress makes choices in the face of heartbreaking tragedy. A public enemy serves his country in wartime and a black artist becomes famous. When a baby is born the future shows promise.
With tension, suspense and surprising plot twists, we continue to follow the lives of the people we loved in The Velvet Prison.
The author –
Sheldon Friedman was born in St. Joseph Missouri. He lives in Denver, Colorado. He is a University of Denver graduate and practiced law in Denver until 2008. He taught legal courses at the University of Colorado Law School, University of Denver Law School and Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver. After leaving his law firm he joined a national mediation and arbitration firm until January, 2016. He is also an accomplished playwright, having a number of local readings and productions. His play The Long Goodbye was staged at Denver’s Crossroad’s Theater in 2010. His book, The Velvet Prison was named as a 2017 fiction award finalist by the Colorado Author’s League.
THE KANE CHRONICLES
The first two books of my trilogy, The Velvet Prison and The Satin Sash (the third book is in progress) involved a journey for my two protagonists, Travis and Lindsay Kane. It is a difficult journey as tempered by timely events which impact both lives as the search to find themselves. The journey is not unlike our own lives, fraught with everyday dangers and joys, for to be alive one must accept the fact that the street is not smooth but scattered with obstacles. Surmounting those obstacles is the heart of most interesting fiction. Being a playwright as well as a novelist, I tend to use a lot of dialogue to carry my story instead of page after page of prose, which appears in many books I read…and I am an avid reader. When I started my first book in my trilogy I wanted to write the kind of book I like to read. I like a book which captures my attention from the first line and one I can settle into putting my cares aside until I finish the novel. I wanted to write a book that was hard to put down, and one that I would be anxious to get back to as soon as possible. For me dialogue is the book’s rhythm. I try to give my characters a rapid pace when they speak and a jargon, clear and understandable. I have read many books, beautifully written with sparse dialogue, and frankly I like the book to proceeds with action, moving characters carried along primarily by what they say, and secondarily, by what they do. I think balance is important and as a reader I like there to be a balance between straight prose and dialogue that breaks the novel’s pattern and shows more than it tells.
I lean toward historical fiction because placing my characters in real events is a safe journey if the events themselves are interesting. In other words, the historical event helps to define my characters and carries them along the way to realize their dreams of have them dissolve into disappointment. How my characters speak to one another aids them in this journey and strike my required balance between conversation and narration.
Try to write so my reader identifies with the fictional or real scenario. I believe it makes my writing more interesting if the writer sees the realism in the fiction. On the other hand, I like my stories to also be an escape from everyday trials and tribulations. I think both goals create a bond between the reader and the writer. If that bond is solid, the books are a ‘good read’ and hopefully gain a wide readership.
I know writers have different techniques of getting the word to paper. Some outline their story and others jump right in and let their imagination flourish as they write. I’ve tried both. Outlining is a tedious process for me, but what I do try and formulate is the ending. If I know how my novel is going to end, I can work toward a specific goal and the writing becomes the journey from beginning to end. What happens in between is specifically generated to reach a known goal. Is that process etched in stone? Of course not. I like to have a good time with my characters and they surprise me on every page. In my trilogy the characters seem to have a life of their own. I can see them, watch the expressions of their faces and hear them speak to one another. One other matter I think needs mention. I like my characters to have a sense of humor. They can have a serious side, but humor makes my character’s lives worthwhile. I think we should all have a sense of humor. It is too stressful to take ourselves too seriously. To err is human, to learn from error is divine!
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