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Welcome to Books By My Friends, Don! So happy you’re here to tell us about your book COLLECTED STORIES.
JH: What’s the blurb for your book?
DT: This diverse collection features 50 short stories organized by five themes: blessing, fantasy, journey, sorrow, and joy.
JH: What inspired you to write COLLECTED STORIES?
DT: When a writing friend suggested putting this story collection together, I was initially hesitant, in part because “Collected Stories by Don Tassone” sounds like I’m dead. But then one day I was with my beautiful goddaughter Alice. She is one of my nine wonderful grandchildren. Alice is four years old. She has Down syndrome. When I look at Alice, I am reminded of why I write. I write as an invitation to appreciate life more deeply. Alice helps me appreciate life more deeply. I’ve dedicated this book to Alice, and I’m giving the proceeds to the National Down Syndrome Society, the leading human rights organization for those who, like Alice, have been given an extra chromosome.
JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?
DT: Writing brings me joy.
JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?
DT: I’ve written a novella called The Liberation of Jacob Novak. I wrote it with today’s “loneliest generation” of young people in mind. I wanted to write a story that resonates in this time of isolation yet offers a sense of hope. I’m now seeking a publisher.
JH: How can readers contact you?
After a long career in the corporate world, Don Tassone has returned to his creative writing roots. He is the author of two novels and six short story collections. He and his wife Liz live in Loveland, Ohio. They have four children.
JH: Thanks, Don. What a wonderful idea and way to give back to a great cause. Please come back by to update us on your novella THE LIBERATION OF JACOB NOVAK.
All good things,