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A Heartfelt Journey Through Generations - "A Song That Never Ends" Book Review and Author Interview

Embark on a heartfelt journey through generations with "A Song That Never Ends" during Mark A. Gibson's virtual book tour, sponsored by iRead Book Tours. Delve into the details of this captivating family saga, discover the inspiration behind the book in Mark's insightful interview, and seize the opportunity to participate in the book giveaway. Dive into the world of the Hamilton family and uncover the enchanting story that spans time and emotions. Don't miss out on this immersive experience!


Book Tour A Song that Never Ends

 

Today, I'm excited to interview Mark A. Gibson, the author of A Song That Never Ends and Roses in December, a family saga that follows the Hamiltons, beginning in the 1930s to the present day. Thank you, Mark, for joining us...


  1. How long have you been writing? When did you start?

I enjoyed writing when I was in high school. However, with a technical major in college (Biology-Chemistry), there was no opportunity to pursue any creative writing there. Then, after a four-decade hiatus during which I began practicing Cardiology, I began working on the manuscript that eventually became “A Song that Never Ends” and “Roses in December.” Short answer, about two years.


  1. Why this genre?

I love epic family dramas! I think it is a particularly relatable genre. Every family has its history, its triumphs, its tragedies and its dysfunctions. We all have dotty old aunts, conniving siblings, a grandpa who served in “the war,” and they all have stories. Some are sad. Some are funny. Some make you feel proud…and others, not so much. 

Additionally, I love the connection I get to characters I’ve “known” for decades, rather than just days, hours or weeks.


  1. What does a successful writing career look like for you?

If my story touches the soul of just one person, then I am a successful writer. Anything beyond that is gravy.


  1. Are you indie-published or did you go with a traditional publisher? Why?

My chosen genre was very popular in the 70s, 80s and into the 90s. Now, shelf-space is more likely filled by romance, horror, thrillers, or by “famous” people’s ghostwritten novels. My name is not King, Christie, Patterson, Baldacci or Hannah. There is nothing (yet) about the name “Gibson” that will cause a traditional publisher to stray very far from what’s currently popular. Therefore, I’m an Indie, and proud of it. Here, I can write books that I’d like to read, have them professionally edited & covered, and make them available to like-minded readers.


  1.  What advice would you give to new authors?

Write for love, not money. Success comes from within.


  1. Do you have any writing issues, and how did you overcome them?

As a practicing Cardiologist, my time is extremely limited. I’ve, therefore, adopted a writing regimen that—I’m told—is unique among authors. Rather than having a block of time and a quiet space dedicated specifically to writing, I write in between patient visits in the office; a sentence here, a paragraph there. Using this method, I can generate 400-2400 words over the course of a day in clinic.  


  1. What surprised you the most about the release of your new book?

For thirty years, I’ve been a cardiologist by training and practice. This has been my identity. Having little exposure to peers outside the world of medicine, I have been amazed by the level of support I’ve received from authors, editors, illustrators, and fellow lovers of literature. 


There is an old joke that perfectly describes the experience to which I’d grown accustomed. Question: How many medical students does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: One, and five more to kick the ladder out from under him.


In contrast, a week before Christmas, I posted a photo of me holding the first proof copy of A Song that Never Ends. To date, I have received 612 supportive and congratulatory posts in response! I am in awe.


  1. What marketing techniques work for you

Hopefully, blog tours!


  1. What is the hardest part of being an author for you?

Without a doubt, it is marketing. I am exceptionally introverted. Thus, “putting myself out there,” as one now must to promote a book, is very difficult for me. I hope you folks can help! 


  1. What do you do to relax?

I read books. On average, I read 60-70 titles across genres each year. I can see the world through a thousand pairs of eyes. I can have experiences I could never dream of having. Give me a good book and a glass of wine, and I’m good for an entire evening.


  1. What is your favorite recipe or restaurant and why?

My favorite restaurant is “High Cotton” on East Bay Street in Charleston, SC. Why? I have fond memories of meals shared there with friends and family…and they make a praline souffle that is to die for!


Thank you again, Mark, for joining us today and sharing your writing journey of A Song That Never Ends and Roses in December. Read my review of A Song That Never Ends and learn more about the book below.


 

MY REVIEW of A Song That Never Ends by Mark A.Gibson

⭐⭐⭐1/2


Mark A. Gibson's "A Song That Never Ends" takes readers on a poignant and sweeping journey through the Hamilton family saga, spanning from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War. The novel begins in 1937 on a failing tobacco farm in the Appalachian foothills of South Carolina, aptly named "Home" by the Hamiltons. Drawing parallels with the Yellow Stone series, the familial focus and generational narrative in this novel evokes the same emotional depth seen in the television series, adding a layer of familiarity and resonance for fans.


The heart of the story revolves around Jimmy Hamilton, an eight-year-old boy who dreams of nothing more than being at home. However, fate intervenes with an unspeakable tragedy that propels Jimmy away from his roots and into the care of a kind uncle in North Carolina. This sets the stage for a series of events that will shape the lives of the Hamiltons, from World War II to family heartbreak and beyond.


One of the most touching moments in the novel is the tragic death of Jimmy's sister, a result of a childhood accident involving a loaded rifle left on his bed by his older brother Mac. This incident is a catalyst for the inner turmoil that permeates the Hamilton family, a theme reminiscent of the Yellow Stone series, where family dynamics and personal struggles take center stage.


While the narrative covers a wide period and significant historical events, the author's choice to tell the story in a third-person ominous voice creates a sense of detachment. The book could have benefited from a more intimate perspective, perhaps through Jimmy's or another character's point of view, allowing readers to connect more deeply with the emotions and experiences of the characters.


Despite this narrative choice, "A Song That Never Ends" succeeds in portraying the quiet yet profound moments of joy and pain that define the Hamilton family's journey. The novel captures the essence of a family grappling with change, loss, and the inexorable passage of time. Gibson weaves a tapestry of emotions against the backdrop of historical events, creating a story that resonates with readers who appreciate a rich family saga.


In conclusion, "A Song That Never Ends" is a compelling exploration of family, love, and resilience, offering readers a glimpse into the lives of the Hamiltons as they navigate the tumultuous landscape of the 20th century. While the narrative style may create some distance, the novel's touching moments and the overarching family saga make it a worthwhile read for those who enjoy heartfelt stories spanning generations.


Thank you, Mark Gibson, for the book and be sure to read my review of Book 2 Roses in December, coming tomorrow, as the Hamilton family saga continues.


 


1 Comment


Good morning Kim,

Thank you for your review of A Song that Never Ends. I hope your followers will enjoy reading this story, and its conclusion, Roses in December, as much as I did writing them.


In looking through my list of reviewers before this blog tour began, I both looked forward to--and feared--yours more than any other. [This is meant to be complimentary, BTW.] As a fellow author, I knew that you would be particularly attuned to the technical aspects of my novel(s), and not just the story.


Your points regarding POV are well-received. I agree that third person limited, or first person would have created a more immersive reading experience. My employment of an omniscient POV, however, was a…


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