Last year – exactly around this time – I had finished the first rounds of editing of my 3 books. The Queen’s Trilogy was ready for the first sneak peak of a real audience. In the writer’s world that means that you are looking for a beta reader, preferably someone who is not too familiar with your work or your persona, but who’s an avid and experienced reader.
Fortunately I had met Gary Little, a 75 year old retired Superintendent of Schools. A man of such intelligence seemed to be the perfect victim for such a job, and he was. He wrote me a beautiful review on Amazon, and a few weeks later I interviewed him about his experience reading the Queen’s Trilogy.
You may want to enjoy a short impression of that interview right here, or you may want to read the complete interview below. Take note of Gary’s beautiful deep baritone voice.
WOULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF WITH YOUR NAME AND OCCUPATION?
My name is Gary Little. I was a schoolteacher, a school principal, a vice principal, an assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent of Schools in Portage, Manitoba, Canada, and I retired after 35 years of doing that. I’ve been retired for about 16 years. Now I dedicate myself to woodturning on a lathe, and I found that’s my passion.
WHERE DID YOU MEET PAULA LIEBE?
We met Paula at one of the famous places of Playa del Carmen called the Dirty Martini Lounge, and it has become a regular stop for us and a few years ago. That’s where we met Honza and Paula.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF PAULA?
Paula struck me as a dynamic, energetic woman, who was involved in any number of activities. We weren’t fully aware at the time how many activities she was involved in, but we did know that she was an entertainer, a singer, and in fact that first year we did have the opportunity to hear her sing at the Zenzi Bar.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO READ THE QUEEN’S TRILOGY?
We had heard about the Queen’s Trilogy from Paula at one of our stops at the Dirty Martini Lounge, and I sort of kept track of where she was. When she finished I inquired about it and she asked me if I wanted to read it.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST WORDS THAT COME TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF THE TRILOGY?
When I think of the trilogy, the words that come to mind are… It was open, it was raw, it was erotic and exotic both. It presented a picture that I had not expected. It was a surprise. Paula opened her soul in that book, and I enjoyed being part of that experience.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO KNOW SO MANY INTIMATE DETAILS ABOUT PAULA?
That’s a very important question. It feels quite special for Paula to open up her heart and her life the way she did. And because I was the first one to read it, it made me feel special to know her intimate secrets, everything about her… possibly like having an affair. The thing for her to consider is, as others read the book, she going to have an affair with perhaps thousands of people around the world. When others get to read it, they will have the same intimate feeling that I have.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU THINK PAULA’S WANTS GIVE HER READERS?
The messages that Paula gave, and there are many messages – it isn’t a single one from my perspective – is that she wants her readers to better understand the bigger world in which we live; the reference to everything, from geography to science to shamanism to Christianity, all of those things combined make for a better understanding of the world, from Paula’s perspective.
IS THERE A PASSAGE THAT STOOD OUT AND WHY?
The part that comes to mind at the moment is the chapter on India. I was impressed by it because of Paula’s description of the people she met. But also the country of India fascinates me – I’ve been interested in it and I’ve watched some documentaries about India – but after reading Paula’s description I felt that I could see it, I could smell it, I felt the filth and other things she described… it left quite an image in my mind.
YOU WROTE IN YOUR REVIEW: THE UNDERLYING THREAD REVEALED AN AMAZING INTELLECT. WHY?
I discovered that Paula speaks seven different languages. I discovered that she had traveled extensively. I felt exposed to everything from religion, to geography, to science, to spiritualism, to yoga. It’s almost a University degree in itself, reading the trilogy, because there is so much information. There’s so much research, which is another aspect that really impressed me, and surprised me as to the number of references that were to any number of topics, which again were quite a surprise to me because of the breadth and the depth of what was presented in her books.
WAS THERE A PASSAGE YOU FOUND DIFFICULT TO READ?
The section of the book where she discusses her relationship between herself and her father was somewhat difficult. I read it with great interest. It was explicit. It explained a lot about Paula’s early times, her youth and her upbringing. But of the various parts of the book that I think about now that was probably… came closest to being difficult to read, but also informative, intriguing, and it gave me a greater sense of who Paula is.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?
I absolutely love the cover. It is a piece of art that fascinates me. It’s the combination of Paula, as naked as she is right there, balancing in a yoga pose on the edge of a cocktail glass. It’s graceful, the colors are dynamic and it captures in many ways the spirit of the book, which is an accomplishment to be able to do that with a cover. It’s a gorgeous cover!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE POSSIBLE FUTURE READERS OF THE QUEEN’S TRILOGY?
I would like the future readers to be aware of the fact that once you start into the book you won’t put it down. It’s a rollercoaster for sure; there are the ups and the downs. It’s ride for sure, and a rollercoaster right there!
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT THE TRILOGY?
I would be surprised if the trilogy doesn’t surface as a bestseller. It is worthy of that status in many, many ways. It’s not a work of fiction. This is the memoir of Paula and it’s a great experience!!!
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