Monday, July 21, 2014

The Big Wide Calm: A Novel by Rich Marcello

The Big Wide Calm: A Novel by Rich Marcello

A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album

Paige is a rock star. The world just doesn’t know it yet. With a name like Paige Plant, how could she be anything but the future frontwoman of the next Led Zeppelin? She’s got the charisma, the drive, and, of course, the mega-musical skills. All she needs is to make her debut album, one that will change the world, inspire revolutions—and make her galactically famous along the way.

When John Bustin, a rich, reclusive, former semi-famous singer/songwriter offers to record Paige’s album for free, it feels like destiny, like the next step on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, like some strange attractor is pulling her in. Guitar in hand, Paige sets off to John’s recording compound, ready to unfold her future.

But the ever-elusive John, with his mysterious history, and Paige, a big dreamer but naïve about her footing in life, clash as much as they coalesce. Before they can change the world through Paige’s music, the improbable duo must learn to work together, and in the process, discover their authenticity.

One part coming-of-age story and retrospective, one part rock and roll epic, The Big Wide Calm focuses a lens on human nature and the complexities of love through the eyes of young and old on the journey of creating the perfect album.

About the Author:

If Rich Marcello could choose only one creative mentor, he'd give the role to Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. This is not only because he currently resides in New England, where Jonathan started, but because of his life as a contemporary fiction author, poet and songwriter, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs he's written. Rich grew up in New Jersey surrounded by song and word.

For a while it seemed right to travel the musician's path, especially during his stint in his college folk group, at The University of Notre Dame, where he wrote and recorded his first original songs. But, as is true for many musicians, graduation led him down a different road, one on which he found his love for high technology. There, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

During his time in technology he never stopped creating art, and eventually his love for song and the written word grew to the point where he walked away from his first career to pursue poetry, song, and fiction with the same enthusiasm and discipline he demonstrated in business. In The Color Of Home, his literary voice melds all three together with honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and "unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen."

He's currently working on his second novel, The Big Wide Calm, which will be published on 2014.


When did you begin writing?

I've been writing my entire life. Songs. Poems. About four years ago, I started writing three novels about different kinds of love. The first, The Color of Home, was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press. The second, The Big Wide Calm, came out in July 2014, and the third, The Beauty of the Fall, will be out in 2015/2016.

What genres do you write?

I write literary fiction.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?
My hope is there are some people in world who finds my novels helpful in some way. I'm writing for them.

What's your latest book about?

The Big Wide Calm is about a young woman, Paige Plant, learning how to truly love, and in the process, finding her place in the world.

What authors inspire you?

Thomas Pynchon. David Foster Wallace. George Saunders. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alice Walker. Kay Ryan. Audre Lorde.

What's your favorite book?

100 Years of Solitude

What one piece of advice would you offer?

Write the first draft very fast and then rewrite over and over until each scene leaves the reader feeling like he or she is actually there.

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