Today’s book promotion comes from Samuel Hawley and his book called Bad Elephant Far Stream. If you like Literary Fiction, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!
Book: Bad Elephant Far Stream
Author: Samuel Hawley
Genre: literary fiction, historical fiction
Publisher: Conquistador Press
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date: 11/1/2013
“Bad Elephant Far Stream” is an animal story for adults, a novel about the odyssey of a circus elephant, told from her own perspective, through her own eyes. Inspired by the true story of the circus elephant Topsy, it begins in the forests of Ceylon in the late 1860s with the capture of a baby elephant known to her own kind as Far Stream. She is taken to America chained in a ship, a journey of several months, and sent to the Adam Forepaugh Circus in Philadelphia. There, Far Stream embarks on a new life under the big top, appearing as “Topsy” in Forepaugh’s famed elephant dancing quadrille. She crisscrosses North America for thirty years with the circus, experiencing hardships, kidnapping, escapes and adventure. But when she comes to outweigh her keepers by a factor of forty—it’s hard not to hurt somebody. It’s hard not to be “bad.”
Q & A:
The best thing about writing this book?
Well, I don’t know if I’d call it the “best” thing, but breaking free from a human perspective and writing through the eyes of an animal was a major challenge.
Where did you get your idea for this story?
I was doing research into the early history of cinema and stumbled on a short Thomas Edison film from the start of the 20th century entitled “Electrocuting an Elephant,” which showed an elephant named Topsy being electrocuted on Coney Island in 1903. This got me looking into the story of this elephant, and more generally of elephants in the circus back them. My original idea was for a nonfiction book, but as I strove to “get inside” the head of Topsy, it morphed into a novel.
What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
You need a ton of self-motivation. A TON. Don’t look to others to tell you your stuff is good. You have to know it yourself. If you don’t know it, keep working at it until you do.
What is your favorite book?
“Mapp and Lucia” by E. F. Benson
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
I want to thank Samuel Hawley for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Bad Elephant Far Stream!