A Classic Interview With Author Uvi Poznansky

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Uvi Poznansky is an author who chooses to stay on the artistic fringe with her works. If you were to classify our books as a restaurant, mine would be a fast food place while hers would be a five-star bistro. Her words fly off the paper like lyrics and her books a symphony. She’s also a wonderful person who helps other writers with her insights and accessibility. Here’s her bio from Amazon ~~~~~~

Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist.

She earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. During her studies and in the years immediately following her graduation, she practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, ‘Home for the Soldier’; a controversial design that sparked fierce public debate.

At the age of 25 Uvi moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children. Before long, she received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she guided teams in a variety of design projects; and where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

During the years she spent in advancing her career–first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices)–she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work can be seen online at uviart.com. It includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Uvi published two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (see Author Videos at the bottom of this page.) She won great acclaim for her novel, Apart From Love, and for her poetry book, Home (in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, Biblically inspired books. Rise to Power (volume I) and A Peek at Bathsheba (volume II) of her trilogy The David Chronicles have just been published.

Now that’s a biography!!!  🙂    Now, without further ado, on to the interview~~~

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Good afternoon, Uvi. I see your newest novel is A Peek at Bathsheba (volume II of The David Chronicles trilogy.) Tell us about it and what inspired you to write it?
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The entire trilogy is greatly inspired by painting and sculpture throughout the history of art, depicting David. Over the ages, the view of the story has undergone amazing transformation. Take a look, for example, at the Painting ‘David and Bathsheba’ painted by Lucas Cranach the elder in 1526. He treated his subjects with awe and reverence, and the only naked skin visible is Bathsheba’s little foot, bathed by an adoring maid. David is presented as a psalmist, rather than a leering, dirty old man peeping on an unsuspecting, naked woman. There is not a hint of sin here! 
Now compare the way Picasso transformed this very painting. The composition is exactly the same (only mirrored left to right) but the brush stroke is modern, it is spontaneous and fresh, bringing a sizzle to the entire scene. He enlarged the proportions of all the figures, especially David, so it is easier to spot the king here, because he is the only one fleshed out among the men at the top. His musical instrument is barely sketched, because the important activity is not playing heavenly music but rather gazing at the women, gazing at all the women, with keen, sexual interest. The water dripping from Bathsheba’s foot is clearly emphasized, with its juicy suggestion of a symbol of lust.
There is no right and wrong way to interpret the story. As an artist and writer, I believe that my mission is to let the characters speak to you through me. David is flesh and blood in my mind, and so is Bathsheba. This story is happening here and now. I invite you to step into the skin of the characters, and look yourself in the mirror.
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Name two personal details about yourself that may surprise people?
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First, I taught myself to swim breast stroke, so my style is rather unusual to observe, but I do my laps for a whole hour, twice a week.
And second, I cannot sing to save my life, which is just the reason why I love listening to the narration of my novel, Apart From Love, where David Kudler (playing Ben) and Heather Jane Hogan (playing Anita) sing the famous lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Have you ever listened, I mean, really listened to the lyrics of ‘Twinkle, twinkle’? The words can truly take on different meanings, which is something I explored in moments of despair and moments of hope in my novel.

When Ben goes to Sunrise Home to visit his mother, who has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, he wonders about her. Can he reach her, can he evoke some memory in her mind? Her body is intact, but is it now merely an empty shell? He knows not what she has become, who she is… In the background, an old woman’s voice can be heard, croaking a lullaby. And somehow, the words take on a meaning of a heart-wrenching farewell:
“Then, to the sound of the thin, painful voice in the distance, breathing the words, Though I know not… What you are… Twinkle, twinkle… Little star, I glanced at my mother.
I wonder if what I am going to say about this or that photograph will make any difference, because now I am starting to lose heart. I doubt we can ever find a way—be it a way back, or a way forward—to connect to each other.
The time I remember is no more than a wrinkle for her.”
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What do you personally get out of writing, and do you have a mentor who helped you along the way?
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My creative drive, in poetry, story telling, and art, started early in life. Before I knew how to hold a pen in my hand, I would tell stories that my father (a poet, writer and artist himself) would write down for me. He would also ask me to help him rhyme his lines, which introduced me to the music of words and the intricacies of writing.
Today I strive to stretch the envelope of what I create. In art, I use different mediums, which enriches my designs: I sculpt (in bronze, clay, and paper); I draw in charcoal, ink, and pencils; I paint in watercolor and oils; and I create animations. Similarly, in my literary work I write in different genres, which enriches my thinking: My novel Apart From Love is literary fiction; my book Home is poetry; my book Twisted is dark fantasy; my book A Favorite Son is biblical fiction; and my latest two novels, Rise to Power and A Peek at Bathsheba, which are volume I and II of my new series The David Chronicles, are historical fiction.
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Have you ever censured yourself while writing, and could you tell us the details?
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For my new series The David Chronicles, my character David, who speaks from my throat, finds himself in an interesting position: his love affair with Bathsheba is, arguably, the most torrid love affair ever told, and the love scenes could not be less than arousing, yet they must be delivered with lyricism and be no more explicit than the biblical Song of Songs. Here, then, is an excerpt from A Peek at Bathsheba:
Separated from her by the thought of a kiss I sense her heat, and the gust of air scented by roses and by her flesh—but I cannot tell if the breath between us is hers or mine. Which is when I know, for one perfect moment, that she is part of my essence.
I am part of hers.
Bathsheba holds me in a tender embrace as I lay her down. Scattered petals fly off, swirling in the air around her long, silky hair that starts cascading here, over the pillows and onto the tile floor.
Accidentally the goblet, which she has set down next to her, tips over and some of the wine spills over her hip. I dip a finger in the red puddle beside her, and paint countless grapes around her waist.
Intoxicated I murmur to her, “Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of an artist’s hands. Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine.”
I want to wait, wait for her to give herself to me—but in the end I cannot fight my passion any longer, and I take her. She sighs softly and arches herself against me, rising on the fervor of my caress, higher and higher into ecstasy.
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Last Question. Give us a three song playlist you would listen to all day long?
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John Lennon’s Imagine, George Gershwin’s Summertime (love Billie Holiday’s performance), and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
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That’s my conversation with the multi-talented Uvi Poznansky. Read on to discover three of her featured novels ~~~
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bathsheba  A PEEK AT BATHSHEBA
SYNOPSIS —  Against the backdrop of wars, raging within the land and without, David is growing into the mantle of leadership. Between his anointment as a tribal king and his anointment as the king of all of Israel, he uses wisdom, cunning, and his own understanding of the forces of history, aiming for high ideals: stopping the bloodshed, uniting the nation, and bringing about healing and peace.But then, having reached his peak, David falters. He makes a serious error that threatens to undo his political success, and cost him not only the adoration of his people—but also the sense of being sustained by a divine power. That error is the most torrid tale of passion ever told: his deliciously forbidden love for Bathsheba, followed by his attempt to cover up the ensuing scandal by sending her husband—who serves him faithfully in his army—to his death.

This is volume II of the trilogy The David Chronicles, told candidly by the king himself. David uses modern language, indicating that this is no fairytale. Rather, it is a story that is happening here and now. Listen to his voice as he undergoes a profound change, realizing the magnitude of his sin, and the curse looming over his entire future.

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RANDOM REVIEW
By Marie Anne Mayeski Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase — FIVE STARS
The story of David the king as we find it in the bible is interesting stuff, but often he seems two-dimensional. And centuries of interpretation can be a barrier to our really encountering David the human being. One remedy for that is “A Peek at Bathsheba.”
It’s volume 2 of Poznansky’s David trilogy and in it we hear David’s own voice as he struggles to make the transition from warrior to king, from poet to politician, from giant-killer to a man who must be all things to all his people. Sensuous and poetic scenes in the women’s quarters and in the Judean countryside balance the scenes of action and warfare and we see David as a complex character interacting with several powerful women and other warriors–both enemies and friends. Oh yes, he must also negotiate his plans with the odd prophet who speaks for God and another spiritual adviser. or two. If all this wasn’t enough, there are the scribes to contend with, those tasked with turning his real life into palatable history. Those who know the Book of Psalms, even a little, will relish as I did the way in which Poznansky situates Davidic psalm verses in very convincing life contexts. But you don’t have to know a thing about the bible to enjoy “A Peek.” It’s a really good read.
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rise to power
RISE TO POWER  THE DAVID CHRONICLES BOOK ONE
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SYNOPSIS —Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious-but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.In an era of cruelty, when destroying the enemy is deemed a sacred directive, the slayer of Goliath finds a way to become larger than life. His search for a path to power leads him in ways that are, at times, scandalous. Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugitive, a traitor leading a gang of felons, and a ruthless raider of neighboring towns who leaves no witnesses behind.

How does he see himself, during this first phase of his life? With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms and music?

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BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Power-David-Chronicles-1/dp/B00IP4I08W

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RANDOM REVIEW

Format:Kindle Edition  FIVE STARS
Uvi Poznansky wears a coat of many colors. Originally from Israel where she studied Architecture and Town Planning then moving to the US where she studied Computer Science and became an expert in Software Engineering, Poznansky managed to combine the design elements of two studies into unique formats. And she has accomplished the same with the other side of her brain – making visual her ideas (she is an accomplished painter, drawer, and sculptor who has enjoyed exhibitions both in Israel and in California, her present base) and making words in poetry and in short stories and children’s books. RISE TO POWER is her second novel and is adorned on the cover with an image of her own painting!But the miracle of Uvi Poznansky’s writing is her uncanny ability to return to old stories and make them brilliantly fresh. This retelling of the Biblical David unveils a character far more profound and fragile than the slayer of Goliath. His personality radiates from every page as her grows from valiant lad to eloquent hero and Poznansky’s gift for poetry renders a magical hue to every aspect of this story. At times startling, as times awe-inspiring, and at all times fine reading, this is a welcome addition to the growing library of one our more important writers. More please!!

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APART FROM LOVE  apart from love
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SYNOPSIS —  Secrets, passion, betrayal…
Written with passionate conviction, this story is being recorded by two of its characters: Ben, a twenty-seven years old student, and Anita, a plain-spoken, spunky, uneducated redhead, freshly married to Lenny, his aging father. Behind his back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him.Meanwhile, Lenny is trying to keep a secret from both of them: his ex-wife, Ben’s mother, a talented pianist, has been stricken with an early-onset Alzheimer. Taking care of her gradually weighs him down. What emerges in these characters is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.

These tapes hold the secret of the story. As one of the characters concludes, “I wish I could be more confident of its veracity and completeness. I wish I could do more. This, I suppose, is the nature of the quest for truth–even if it is truth in fiction.”

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BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Apart-from-Love/dp/B00D1YLITY/ref=la_B006WW4ZFG_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407178859&sr=1-2

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RANDOM REVIEW

From MainlyPiano March 28, 2012
Format:Paperback   FIVE STARS
“Apart From Love” is the debut novel by a true multi-media artist who is a writer, poet, painter, sculptor, architect, software engineer, and teacher. Uvi Poznansky was born in Israel and now makes her home in Southern California.”Apart From Love” is a fascinating account of a series of events told from two different points of view. Ben is the estranged son of Lenny, an aspiring writer who has recently married a young woman close the same age as Ben. Anita, the new wife, is a diamond in the rough who has had a difficult life and is not particularly well-educated. Ben left the family when his parents divorced ten years before the story begins and receives a letter from his father imploring him to come home. Lenny is ill and in the hospital, and Ben comes home and meets his young step-mother for the first time. The attraction between them is strong and troubling, but they try to hide those feelings from Lenny.

Lenny’s story is told from Ben’s and Anita’s interpretations. Both have been encouraged by Lenny to tape-record their thoughts, and neither of them realizes until later that Lenny is capturing those thoughts for a book he is writing. He has a huge collection of tapes dating back to Ben’s childhood, and each chapter of the book is supposed to come from those tapes. Ben and Anita record some of their most intimate thoughts, not realizing until it’s too late that Lenny is listening to them and putting them into writing. Is Lenny really writing a novel culled from the lives of his son and new wife or is he manipulating events so that life imitates art? That is never really clear, nor is Lenny’s rationale for hiding the fact that his ex-wife, a piano teacher and concert pianist (and Ben’s beloved mother), has been institutionalized with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Once you get to know these characters, they become compelling. There is an air of mystery about the book that runs from the beginning to the final pages, but that also draws the reader in and makes the book difficult to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Apart From Love” and recommend it.

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Author Links:
Book Links:
A Peek at Bathsheba  ebook Print
Rise to Power ebook print audio 
Apart From Love ebook print audio 
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6 thoughts on “A Classic Interview With Author Uvi Poznansky

  1. doreenb8

    What an impressive bio Uvi and a very interesting interview, John.
    I am facinated by the bible stories of David.
    This series sounds good.

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