Of Writing and Photography, by Georges Benay

An Article From The Author Of The Nomad’s Premonition

It is a special treat to hear from an author of books we read.  Todays guest article shows why.  We are touring with iRead Book Tours this week for The Nomad’s Premonition.  Mr. Benay has provided us with a look into the pleasure of presenting a novel as he would a photograph, with clarity and impact.

Enjoy!

OF WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY
By Author Georges Benay

My passion for photography rivals only my love of writing. You see, above all I am a story teller and the medium I choose to relate a story depends only on circumstances. I do not know what came first, writing or photography? In all honesty, as far as I am concerned it does not really matter. They are both in my blood. And they both serve the same purpose of encapsulating the essence of a story.

I approach writing like my photography, always with the idea of connecting with the reader at an emotional level. Behind the lens of the camera, I aim to capture a mood, a feeling, a sense of awe, or a visceral reaction. My images must never leave the observer indifferent. I paint word pictures with the same goal in mind. My stories must be evocative.

I like my stories to fire the reader’s imagination and connect with the human spirit. I am not satisfied with anything less. If a story seems flat, the beginning not gripping, the wording too clumsy, or the ending too obvious and unsatisfactory, I start all over again. I write and rewrite the entire manuscript, polish and polish again my sentences, breathe the words out loud one by one until I get it right. Ultimately, what I really aspire to is the delightful pleasure of a good read. This is the writer’s gift to the reader.

A novel to me is a series of vignettes, artfully woven together so that everyone can feel a connection and experience a range of emotions. Just like a photograph, I want my stories to have impact. I’ve spent many years honing my writing skills and I must confess I still have a lot to learn. I do not understand, for instance where my stories come from. Nor do I know how the story will end until I write the final chapter.

I do know, however, that I often use my photographs to help me recall a location or remind myself of how I felt in the moment. There is a passage in the Nomad’s Premonition where I describe Cappadocia “as a stark lunar landscape inhabited by majestic elongated stone structures,” as seen through the eyes of a tourist guide. While writing the novel, I often looked at the photograph I took when touring Central Anatolia in Turkey a couple of years ago, and used it as a source of inspiration to convey in words what I saw and felt at the time. Many such examples of the fusion between the two art forms exist throughout my novels.

Yes, photography and writing go hand to hand in my world!

You can purchase the Nomad’s Premonitions and Nomad on the Run at:
www.amazon.com/author/georgesbenay

 

The Tour

 

Book Details:
Book Title: Nomad on the Run (Book #1) by Georges Benay
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Release date: April 15, 2011
Tour dates: August 14 to Sept 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swear words, some violence and minimal/ clean sex scene)

Book Description:

​Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.

Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?
The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners’ machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?

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Book Details:
Book Title: The Nomad’s Premonition (Book #2) by Georges Benay
Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tour dates: August 14 to Sept 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some violence, a couple of swear words – minimal)

Book Description:

​Eric Martin is desperate to forget his past, one that almost cost him his future.Working in Paris as deputy head of a bank’s internal security department, Eric notices a high-speed trader’s uncanny ability to predict extremely profitable trades. Even though there’s nothing illegal about the activity, he knows the trader’s success is more than just luck.

But, no one believes him. Armed only with a handful of data and a powerful instinct, Eric searches for the mysterious trader on his own. He suspects that a predictive algorithm has fallen into the wrong hands.​Eric sets off for Istanbul to find answers promised to him by an informant.

He finds an unlikely ally in Interpol agent Stephanie Brule. With Interpol wanting him back in Paris and out of the way, Eric’s quest is also hampered by the sudden appearance of his ex-lover, a boss he’s not sure he can trust, and a terrorist who always seems one step ahead.​Will Eric put an end, once and for all, to the nightmare that began when he accepted a job that was too good to be true? Or will his need for revenge and justice lead him deeper into a treacherous world he has no way of escaping?

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Meet the Author:

Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad’s Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Photography Website ~ Twitter

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:
Aug 14 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Nomad on the Run / giveaway
Aug 15 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Nomad on the Run / interview / giveaway
Aug 16 – Essentially Italian – review of Nomad on the Run / giveaway
Aug 17 – Gabriel’s Wharf – review of Nomad on the Run
Aug 18 – Northernmsw – review of Nomad on the Run
Aug 21 – The All Night Library – review of Nomad on the Run / guest post
Aug 22 – Hall Ways – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
Aug 24 – Gabriel’s Wharf – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Aug 25 – The Book Drealms – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 28 – The All Night Library – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Aug 29 – Essentially Italian – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Aug 30 – #redhead.with.book – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Aug 31 – Olio by Marilyn – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 1 – Northernmsw – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Sept 4 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Nomad on the Run / giveaway
Sept 5 – Literary Flits – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 6 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 7 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of The Nomad’s Premonition
Sept 8 – Bound 4 Escape – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 11 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – guest post
Sept 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of Nomad on the Run / giveaway
Sept 14 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway
Sept 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of The Nomad’s Premonition / giveaway

 

 

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