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Interview: Carole Eglash-Kosoff, Author of Winds of Change

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Living and writing in Valley Village, California, Carole Eglash-Kosoff, graduated from UCLA and has spent her time in business, teaching, and traveling.  Ms. Eglash-Kosoff has visited over than seventy countries during her travels.  In 2006, following the death of her husband, Ms. Eglash-Kosoff volunteered to teach in South Africa.

She is also an avid lover of history and has spent a large amount time researching the decades preceding and following the Civil War.  This research lends a large amount of backstory and credit in the setting and telling of Winds of Change, as well as her earlier novel, When Stars AlignWinds of Change is a story of bi-racial love, war, reconstruction, and racism, but primarily, it is a story of hope.   

Her first book, The Human Spirit  – Apartheid’s Unheralded Heroes, is an amazing book which tells the true life stories of an amazing array of men and women who have devoted their lives during the worst years of apartheid to those in need, particularly to help the children, the elderly, and the disabled within the townships.  These people cared when no one else did and their efforts continue to this day.

Ms. Eglash-Kosoff’s second book, When Stars Align, chronicles the Civil War and Reconstruction and is told through the love affair of Amy, a white girl, and Thaddeus, a colored man born of the rape of an eleven year old slave girl and the teen heir to Moss Grove.

Winds of Change is Carole Eglash-Kosoff’s third book. 

Readers can learn more about Carole Eglash-Kosoff and her work by visiting her website and connecting with her on Facebook.

Please tell us a bit about your book, Winds of Change, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.

It is a tumultuous time in American history that includes the inventions of airplanes, automobiles, telephones and movies midst decades of lynchings and economic turmoil. It is the Spanish-American War and World War I. Racial biases complicate lives and relationships as newly arrived immigrants vie with white and Negro workers all trying to gain a piece of the American dream. Winds of Change is a soaring historic fiction novel that stands alone but follows the next generation from those we came to know in When Stars Align into the 20th century. It is a socially relevant, historically accurate, saga of decades often overlooked in American history.

Who are your favorite characters in the story?

Stephen and Josiah

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?

Yes:

 “There is a dance that accompanies the rhythm of our lives. It has a logic… a pattern…a beat. Different sections of the orchestra blending into a single melody that defines who we are. I’m a man; you’re a woman. I’m white. I’m tall. I’m a Christian. And then… wait a minute. It seems I’m not white. I have some Negro blood coursing through my veins that I’d never known about. The beat of the music suddenly changes as one section, maybe the woodwinds, puts their instruments away. The new rhythm is discordant… a rhythm with which I’m unfamiliar. It’s a different tune, a genre I don’t know how to play. I’ve lost the beat. The other orchestra members are staring at me in a different way.

“I’m not sure what it all means. This isn’t the South. It’s already 1883. Slavery’s been gone for nearly twenty years and the country has moved forward. I had a baby sister who was born colored. I’d never known and it’s interesting, but it happened too long ago for me to feel sad. She died, my parents are both dead, and I’m still me. But that’s the problem. In my head I suddenly feel like a different me.”

What are your favorite aspects of writing?

Creating meaningful characters set into actual historic events.

Your least favorite aspects of writing?

The fifth re-edit.

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?

Tuchman, McCollough, Manchester

What are you reading right now?

One Hundred Years of Solitude and Cleopatra

If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors – dead or alive – who would they be and what would you serve them?

Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy

What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?

Forget the negatives of yesterday… keep writing.

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