Art Rosch was raised in the suburbs of St. Louis. He attended Western Reserve and Wayne State University, but wasn't much of a student. He worked through his teens and twenties as a jazz and blues drummer. He met a girl who liked poets, so he became a poet. He found that he was attracted to the writing more than to the girl. He began exploring the novel form in the late seventies and wrote his first novel around '77. It was terrible.
In 1969 Art moved to the San Francisco area. His first sale was to Playboy Magazine in '78. The story won "Best Story Of the Year" and he enjoyed fifteen minutes of fame. Since then he's been doing what most writers do: collecting bales of rejections and honing his craft. He has published in EXQUISITE CORPSE, TRUCKIN', SHUTTERBUG, POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY and, yes, CAT FANCY. Art loves science fiction and fantasy and much of his writing is inspired by the work of Philip K. Dick and Jack Vance. He teaches courses in amateur astronomy and photography through local parks and recreation centers.
If you could reduce your audience description to one sentence, what would it be?
I write for people who are interested in psychotherapy. I'll define therapy broadly: it's the honest inquiry into your deepest self. A character in one of my books says, "The more you see the invisible parts of yourself, the less you crash into the invisible parts of other people." If a person is not engaged in a lifelong quest to understand themselves, they're likely doomed to confusion and futility. That's why I seek an audience that's engaged in understanding their own deeper motives and feelings.
What are you working on next?
I have a trilogy called "THE SHADOW STORM". It's fantasy, strictly speaking. Its world is one that resembles earth just before World War One. The airplane hasn't been refined. Electric power, automobiles, communications are just ramping up momentum that will soon transform the world. At this moment, a war is about to begin. THE SHADOW STORM world is a quirky Balkan-tinged landscape in which my characters are trying to save a newly established Republic from destruction by stronger nations. It's a big project; I have the first draft of Book One finished. It's pure adventure: political, military and romantic!
This is a slide show of beautiful and amusing scenes from our journeys via RV across the country. The music is my original song, "Into Our Own" from my CD, "Out Of This World".
The CD is on Youtube under Art Rosch Books and Music.
Published: March 24, 2016.
Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The Gods Of The Gift is a fantasy about the quest of the poet Garuvel Zimrin to stop the most destructive Being in the universe. Garuvel's nemesis is Boraz Bufaisdek, aka The Planet Calakadon. Though Calakadon is apparently a single being, he contains the summation of all the people of his vanished world. Calakadon is one of more than a hundred Planet-People. He is lethal and completely insane.
Published: February 22, 2016.
Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This novel has won Writer's Digest Honorable Mention. In spite of its dark subject matter "Confessions Of An Honest Man" is written with warmth and wit.This is a novel about family dysfunction.psychotherapy, jazz, addiction, and The Afghan War. This gripping tale of the secret life of a suburban family is an original literary achievement.
Were they crazy? Could Art and Fox leave the house and move into an RV full time? Art was a photographer/astronomer and wanted to escape city lights. Fox needed to explore her Native American roots. They started learning RVs. They were victorious but not before they courted utter disaster. The humor of this book seems to lie in the disasters. THE ROAD HAS EYES is a surprising and fun read.