Twelve years ago today, my father passed away. It’s hard to believe this much time as gone by. It seems like just yesterday that I had driven him up to Westchester County to do a shoot with A&E. He was playing Alfred to Adam West’s Batman and Frank Gorsham’s Riddler. It was his first speaking part, after years of doing ‘extras’ work. When he did the gig, he knew he had lung cancer, but he hadn’t started his treatments. Five months later he died. But he at least got that moment in the sun, a speaking part — he even got driven home that night in a limo.… Read the rest
Here’s an interview with Doug and Rob, two awesome musicians that were introduced to me by my pal, Declan O’Rourke. Doug played drums and Rob played bass. Watch this brief video to learn more about them and the track we recorded in Williamsburg two days before Hurricane Sandy struck our area.
Today my book went live on digital book sites all over the world. After seven years of writing, it’s a relief to know that I won’t have to do any more rewriting on this one!
Of course, once you let go, there’s nothing more you can change, and I’m sure at some point, I will revisit something in Clown and say, Jeez, I’d love to tweak that passage one more time.
I’d like to share three comments that came in during the process of publication from three incredible people who have spent their entire life in the arts — one is playwright, novelist and musician. Another is singer, picker and songwriter, the other an editor.
Here’s what they had to say about my novel:
“With MY YEAR AS A CLOWN, Robert Steven Williams has written a terrific novel. He pulls back the curtain on male masculinity — showing us what a guy really goes through when dealing with the difficult mess of his beloved spouse’s infidelity and the ensuing divorce. Williams’ characters give us the real-deal: a gut wrenching and often humourous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it’s like to start all over again as one … Read the rest