Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paul H. Magid - Lifting the Wheel of Karma - Author Interview

My thanks to Paul H. Magid for stopping by City Girl Who Loves to Read for an author interview during the blog tour for his book, Lifting the Wheel of Karma.

1. Why did you choose this setting?
The setting was integral to the story thematically in several ways. Firstly, the setting was physically essential as an element of the historical context that the story unfolds in. It’s hard to say more in regards to the physical necessity without giving away vital information that is better discovered as the story unfolds. Thematically, the setting –both the mountains of Montana as well as the remote mystical mountains of the Himalayas of India, were a key component, because by stripping away the “afflictions of modernity”, the reader is unencumbered on the spiritual journey to discover insights just as the main character does, as well as internal questions the reader asks him/herself about Life, Purpose, Destiny, and Duty (known as Dharma in Eastern philosophy).

2. How is it a fundamental part of your overall theme?
The setting is absolutely a fundamental element to the myriad of themes –family, forgiveness, and healing. I think it would be fair to say that to go on a journey emotionally and spiritually, it certain helps to go on a journey physically as well.

3. How challenging was it to write about?
Oh my goodness, was the setting a challenge to write about. Not only did I need to convey the texture and essence of a horse farm in Montana, but than I had the near Herculean task of conveying the essence of a five thousand year old culture and history!!! It took decades of research, travel, and more hard work than I never imagined I’d be capable of doing.

4. How did you develop your setting as you wrote your book?
For me, setting develops not so much as a physical entity, but rather as an experience. Knowing what elements –from native vs. improved pasture grasses in Montana, the shapes of individual mountain peaks high up in the Heavens of the Himalayan mountains- are only a prelude to feeling those elements.

5. How do you transport them there through your writing?
I decided right from the outset that I wanted the reader to feel as if they were on the journey with Joseph, the high school boy who is the main character. For me, that entailed sights, sounds, smells, textures, as well as what effects the journey would have on a person physically, as well as mentally, emotionally, and ultimately, spiritually. The reader needed to know, I feel, that the air in India is thick, not polluted, but pungent and bursting with life. So for me, it was about adding layer upon layer of texture to bring the journey to Life.

6. How do you introduce them to an area they may not be familiar with?
When I introduce the reader to a new area, I start with enabling them to experience the event just as if they were there. First there is the recognition of the physical surroundings, then there is the mental processing of those physical surroundings in regards to what effect they have on the traveler –in this case the reader. After processing the effects, there is the process of what the setting means to the traveler/reader in regards to the journey that has been undertaken, and how that does or does not lead the achievement of the goals that been decided, consciously or subconsciously, that are necessary for fulfillment to occur.

7. How do you go about making the setting come alive for the reader?
The reader must feel everything exactly as the characters do. That’s what makes the setting come alive and ring true.

About the Book
Lifting the Wheel of Karma

Book Details:
Price: $15.00 paperback, $9.99 Kindle
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Publisher: Point Dume Press
Published: September 2011
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780984016068
Genre: Fiction, Spirituality
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle

A Profound Spiritual Journey of Extraordinary Healing and Redemption - a modern tale that harkens back to the myths of antiquity. It takes you on a remarkable journey, while exploring the themes of healing, redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice, and ultimately...peace within.

Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape.

He believes the answer to what threatens to crush him can be found in the knowledge possessed by a mystical old wise man, who lives deep within the remote Himalayas of India.

If Joseph is ever to find the peace he so desperately seeks, he must get this wise old man to reveal what he truly knows, but that will not be easy…for this sage knows far more than he admits.

About the Author
Paul H. Magid

Paul H. Magid started writing his debut novel, LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA, twenty-five years ago while still in high school. It took him so long to complete because he tried repeatedly to abandon it, but the work refused to be forsaken. Eventually he realized that sharing this story with the world was, in fact, his Dharma.

Along the way he has worked as a Wall Street financial analyst, a waiter (not a very good one), a Hollywood Agent Trainee, a real estate developer, a summer day camp director, an award winning screenwriter, and independent filmmaker—including his autobiographical film, A LIFE UNFINISHED, which screened in The Hamptons International Film Festival.

Connect with Paul:
Web Site
Facebook (book)
Facebook (author)

About the Tour

Tribute Books Blog Tours

Lifting the Wheel of Karma Blog Tour Site

Tour Participants:

January 1 (review)
Dad of Divas

January 2 (review)
Crazed Mind

January 3 (review)
Minding Spot

January 4 (review)
Live to Read

January 5 (review)
vvb32 reads

January 5 (author interview)
You Gotta Read Reviews Guest Blog

January 6 (review)
Tic Toc

January 6 (review)
Tribute Books Mama

January 7 (author interview)
Tribute Books Mama

January 8 (review)
Red Adept Reviews

January 9 (author interview)
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

January 10 (review)
My Favorite Things

January 10 (review)
Knits & Reads

January 10 (review)
Adventures of Frugal Mom

January 11 (author interview)
The Book Connection

January 12 (review)
Book Dragon's Lair

January 13 (review)
Bibliophilic Book Blog

January 13 (review)
Concert Katie

January 14 (review)
My Tower of Books

January 15 (review)
Cheryl's Book Nook

January 16 (review)
Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways

January 17 (guest post)
CMash Loves to Read

January 18 (review)
Community Bookstop

January 18 (review)
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

January 19 (guest post)
Community Bookstop

January 20 (guest post)
Splashes of Joy

January 21 (guest post)
A Bookalicious Story

January 22 (author interview)
City Girl Who Loves to Read

January 23 (review)
The True Book Addict

January 23 (review)
Proud Book Nerd

January 24 (guest post)
Proud Book Nerd

January 26 (guest post)
Ascroft, eh?

January 27 (review)
Whispering Winds Book Reviews

January 28 (review)
Scorpion Stalking Duck

January 29 (author interview)
The Plot Thickens

January 30 (review)
Celtic Lady's Reviews

January 31 (author interview)
The Character Connection


  1. Thanks Victoria for hosting Paul. It's always great to have an author explain their choice of setting, and for LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA even more so.