Meet G. L. Rockey

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By way of Carnegie Mellon Drama Department, G. L. Rockey earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and pursued a career in the television industry. From Providence to Phoenix and cities in between, he produced and directed a variety of television programs and managed TV station programming. While program manager at KTSP-TV in Phoenix, he represented NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) to Germany. He has a master's degree from Cleveland State University and taught a course there.

FAKE NEWS is G. L. Rockey's latest novel. Other novels are FIVE STAR REVIEW, TRUTHS OF THE HEART, and TIME & CHANCE. He has also written a collection of sixteen short stories, BATS IN THE BELFRY, BELLS IN THE ATTIC; and a chronicle about a family restaurant, FROM THE BACK OF THE HOUSE: MEMORIES OF A STEAK HOUSE CLAN.

Find his published books at: BWL
Fake News Locations
Smashwords
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Aaphora Literary Press
Heritage Books, Inc.

Interview

G. L. Rockey Interview at BWL (with addendum)

BWL: Why did you choose the genre you write in? Is it your favorite to read, or another reason?

G.L. Rockey: Like a lady reporter/reviewer once wrote, "He writes in all genres." I like to read first person stuff like Nelson DeMille's Plum Island . . .

BWL: Describe yourself using 5 words.

G.L. Rockey: Unfinished, unfinished, unfinished, unfinished, unfinished

BWL: What might readers be surprised to learn about you?

G.L. Rockey: I once directed David Letterman when he was a part time TV weather man at WLWI-TV in Indianapolis. I was a TV director. Letterman was also a booth announcer (did tags for commercials, etc.) I told him over headsets when to "announce", "stand by," etc.

BWL: What was your favorite book as a child or young adult?

G.L. Rockey: I didn't read as a child or young adult, managed to get a B.A. by going to class, listening to lectures . . . started reading books around 23 when I woke up one rainy night in Sullivan Indiana and thought about writing one. It tuned our to be the novel, Time & Chance.

BWL: What super power would you like to have and how would you use it?

G.L. Rockey: To have wings, fly...bypass long airport lines and airplanes . . . get to warm islands around the equator . . .

BWL: If you could fix one problem in the world what would it be?

G.L. Rockey: Income inequality, instead of fat cats spending wealth on private jets, yachts, ten bedroom homes, spread it around to the millions sleeping on the street, eating dirt . . .
To wit:
The Los Angeles Times recently 2014, reported–“The 85 richest PEOPLE (INDIVIDUALS!) on Earth now have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the global population!! "Widening inequality is creating a vicious circle where wealth and power are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, leaving the rest of Earth's people to fight over crumbs from the top table," Winnie Byanyima, Director of the British humanitarian group OXFAM International, said. To put it another disgustingly obscene way: The wealthy elite, the richest 1 PERCENT of the world's population, has amassed about 46 percent of the world's wealth... the paragon of Capitalism, the USA, the report further found: The percentage of income held by the richest 1 percent in the U.S. has grown nearly 150 percent from 1980 through 2012. That small elite has received 95 percent of wealth created since 2009, after the financial crisis, while the bottom 90 percent of Americans have become poorer.”

BWL: If you could go back in time for one day, which time period would you like to visit?

G.L. Rockey: Brings to mind that Jeremiah 1:5 thing, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." I'd like to go back to the day before the forming and talk about it, maybe make a few suggestions.

BWL: Choose one person, living or dead, you'd like to share a meal with.

G.L. Rockey: St Peter, or if he's available, his mentor.

ADDENDUM to Interview:

What is you favorite vacation spot:
Boca Grande.

What is the only question worth asking:
After all the talking, the only question really worth asking is: Was Jesus Christ who He said He was? If He was, best to say nothing get on your face and shut up. If He wasn’t who he said he was, let it rip.

What is you favorite music:
Music in mind: you remember music from old TV shows and recordings back umpteen years. The tunes are in your brain. One wonders what other things are embedded in dark recesses of brain cell memory? Make no mistake the memories are there. The good and the bad. It’s the dark bastardly ones they are hidden and pulling them out is like picking gnats off rotten peaches.

Anything else you’d like to comment on:
On a small insignificant planet in the vastness of space called Earth, after a nuclear war, Boolean Traveler (a character in a satirical novel in need of a publisher) wonders what the earthling were looking for/killing themselves over–power, money, sex, lines on a map, steak&lobster, what? Turns out it was mostly over religion and God writes, “Who said anything about religion?”

Related to humanity’s absurdness, a scene from Earth being put on a no-call list:

The elders of Planet XYZ sit around a conference room table. Enter UpDown, the Director of Interstellar Exploration.

The chief elder says: “What is it UpDown?”

“The people from earth, they’re sending out messages again.”

“Oh, what do they now say?”

“Same thing, ‘Hello out there. Anybody home, who are we?’”

Elder number two: “Are these the ones who split the atom, cloned a sheep, have all those skinny people running around in rags, sleeping on the streets…a handful live in mansions, sail around in yachts?”

UpDown: “Affirmative.”

Chief Elder: “The ones whose crowning achievements are the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki?”

“Yes again.”

“The ones fouling their nest even now?”

“Yep.”

Elder three: “Tell us again what it is they are saying.”

“They want to know who they are…looking for a place to go, want to come here.”

Elder four: “Don’t believe it, they need a place to escape.”

“Yes, but they say they want to help us.”

“What is it they will help us with?”

“Something about TV, movies, satellite radio, video games, on demand fun, fast food, drugs, rap music.”

“What is rap music?”

“You don’t want to know…they also say they will help us find the truth.”

“The truth?”

“Yes.”

“What is that?

“Something to do with religion.”

“Religion?”

“Love, hate, slaughtering unbelievers…they also want to help us with that in and out thing of theirs.”

“What’s that?”

“You know, that sex thing…should I answer them?”

Chief Elder: “NO!!! Report them to OneUp, put them on our no-call list.”

Speaking of Earth, for those who believe in an Original Creator, Devine Being, Deity, Grand Designer, God, Allah, etcetera, consider this: Astronomers/scientists look at a spot in space and find nothing there. Some time later they look and find there is a new planet/galaxy/star whatever.

Peeling away speculation for an explanation, it occur that most if not all, creative artists (painters, sculptors, writers) never stop after one work. Ergo, it logically follows that the Original Creator is still working. In other words, conventional “new” thinking assumes that mankind/the world was created and a Creator stopped creating, is simply lounging around while admiring his/her one work of art.

Think about it, what artist stops after one work? Most keep creating as long as they live. Bottom line, looking for the end of the universe is useless. There will never be an end. Simply put, the Original Creator has never stopped creating, is still putting out works. Of course, assuming that all this (you, I, the universe) is/was an accident, none of that is true. I.e., the Big Bang simply happened and here are we all.

Selah.

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