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Book Details:

Book Title: The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart
Author: Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Biographical
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: April 26, 2017
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

What if you married a man who didn’t care about you? What if there was a child in the neighborhood for whom you developed a special fondness but was nine when you were nineteen and twenty when you were thirty with two children and a husband who still didn’t care? And what if you were a boy whose only happy memories were a few soft words uttered now and again by a beautiful neighbor ten years your senior and whose voice and face and figure, back-lighted by the golden light of the setting sun, were all that would sustain you when your life was threatened every minute of every day in the mire of a squalid war nobody wanted?

This is the story of Jacqueline and Tommy, their lives stubbornly paralleling with no convergence in sight until one cold night she sees him starving to death on a crowded street filled with happy tourists.

What would you do if you saw him there almost unrecognizable, just another mass of neglected, invisible wreckage? Turn the pages of The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart and find out what happened to Jacqueline Rhondda and Tommy Middleton.

To follow the tour, please visit Ronald J. Wicher’s page on iRead Book Tours.


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Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.

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Guest Post

Growing up and Becoming a Writer

I was born in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York. I had encephalitis at age 3. We moved to a ranch midway between Reno and Carson City, Nevada when I was 4. I contracted poliomyelitis at age 6 and other diseases that kept me hospitalized quite a lot. We moved to Los Angeles when I was 10. I missed the snow and the simpler environment of the smaller town – Reno, Nevada. We moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when I was 15. Except for the desert environment I did not like that town. My mother had worked in a casino in Reno and I had developed a deep contempt for rivers of money and drunks.

I didn’t read any books until I was in high school and then only with difficulty. I had a lot of high fevers and life-threatening diseases that left me wanting, in terms of reading. It was the bane of my existence until I was about 19 years old.

I took a lot of literature courses in college (History major). Whenever I read a short story I used to think, “I can do this. I can do this.” After my return from duty in Vietnam, I took a creative writing course. The prof encouraged me to keep writing. A big factor in learning how to write was to read the work of people I respected like Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, DH Lawrence; not to imitate them but to read for style – see how they pull it off; then write every day.

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