Is this your family drama? Alzheimers, alcoholism, adolescent adults? VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Novelist Cynthia Kraack, author of the elder care family drama The High Cost of Flowers, the Ashwood trilogy, and Minnesota Cold.


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Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of extended families dealing with the AAAs – alcoholism, Alzheimer’s and adolescence… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

The High Cost of Flowers by Cynthia Kraack, Mr. Media Interviews

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Here’s how I know novelist Cynthia Kraack is a top-flight author:

Coming off publication of the final book in her generations-spanning, speculative fiction trilogy Ashwood, she has written a new book that is completely different than what preceded it but maintains echoes of what made the Ashwood series so compelling: family, family and more family.

In The High Cost of Flowers, Kraack presents us with the Kemper family. They’re just like your family and mine, except the author gives the reader access to all of their secrets, warts and all.

CYNTHIA KRAACK interview excerpt: “The character of Art Kemper in some ways was inspired by my Dad. My mother did, in fact, have a series of strokes. And watching him care for her and (exhibit) all the patience and long devotion to a spouse. We’ve also had some unhealthy relationships with alcohol in our family, as well. And the Catholicism. My folks were very strong Catholics. That’s about where the similarities between my family and the Kempers in ‘The High Cost of Flowers’ stop.”

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Minnesota Cold by Cynthia Kraack, Mr. Media Interviews

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Art Kemper, who realizes he can no longer provide home care for his alcoholic, Alzheimer’s stricken wife, Katherine. We also meet their three children, the estranged eldest daughter, the emotionally detached middle son who is ever present but not to anyone’s advantage, and the youngest daughter, who can only survive the day – any day – with the help of mother’s little helpers and a few ounces to wash it down.

Oh, and each of the Kemper children has children of their own.

This is a story that can be a tough read in that it is so close to the boiling depths of family hell, yet it is a page-turner thanks to the deft plotting, intricate details, and sharply written dialogue by the remarkable Cynthia Kraack.

CYNTHIA KRAACK interview excerpt: “It is so absorbing to watch family and neighbors go through that end of the adult parent’s ability to be independent. Man, it just seems to pull them out of normal living for however long it takes.”

And by fortunate coincidence, Cynthia is joining us the morning after receiving not one but two awards for her latest novel – “Best Literary Fiction” and “Best Contemporary Fiction” – from the Midwest Book Awards, sponsored by the Midwest Independent Book Publishers Association.

There are very good reasons that this is Cynthia Kraack’s fourth appearance on Mr. Media. And I guarantee you there will be more.

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About Mr. Media® Interviews-Bob Andelman

Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).