I recorded a radio interview yesterday. We talked a bit about the theme of my new book. Sofia’s Tune has a musical theme to be sure.
Antonio is a vaudeville pianist and church organist who dreams of becoming a concert musician. Sofia’s eccentric aunt harbors some records with the emblem of his master’s voice. And, everyone thinks Antonio’s dog resembles the dog on the labels. He is such a loyal pet, always listening for his master’s voice.
There is a famous musician in the story. He would have been in New York City around that time, and he meets Antonio in a manner that he probably met other struggle musicians.
There is also a family heirloom of sorts. An instrument that Antonio’s father, who had wanted his son to become a musician, had brought over from Italy. And Antonio lives in the building on Varick Street that formerly housed the Steinway & Sons piano manufacturer.
So that’s Sofia’s Tune on the surface. Very musical indeed.
But with most novels, there is more to it than meets the eye. It’s about changing one’s tune. What does that mean to you? Do you know where the phrase originated? Sofia knows. 😉
Here is the cover to my new book, Sofia’s Tune, which will be published in November, the final book in the Ellis Island series following Grace’s Pictures and Annie’s Stories.
A Little Background
I directed this cover myself, it was designed by the talented Kim Draper, and photographed by my daughter-in-law Kelsey Thomson. The model is Kelsey’s long-time friend Kaitlan Livingston. I rented the costume from a local shop.
The dog in the story is named Luigi. He plays such an important role, he had to be on the cover. The music represents “tune,” the direction of our lives, the manner in which we orchestrate our plans.
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In Sofia’s Tune, we meet Sofia Falcone, a young woman who has been living in New York only a short time when she is stunned to discover a family secret, one that soon sends her beloved mother into a mental institution. Scrambling to keep her job and care for her mother, Sofia is convinced confronting the past will heal all wounds, but her old world Italian family wants to keep the past in the past.
During this time, she encounters Antonio, a Vaudeville pianist with a street-smart dog, seeking to discover why his father was mysteriously killed. Their crossed paths uncover a frightening underworld in Little Italy. Bringing the truth to light may cost Sofia’s mother’s sanity, Antonio’s career, and the livelihoods of countless immigrants. Change is on the horizon, but it may not bring what they expect.
Or rather the personality of dogs and what people can learn from them. A dog is key in Book Three of my Ellis Island Series. The inspiration is The Master’s Voice advertising icon. That dog is a mixed breed but mostly fox terrier.
I’d love to hear from some dog owners about what spiritual lessons they’ve learned from their dogs. And I have a question: What one thing might someone who doesn’t own a dog and might not really understand dogs learn from YOUR dog?
Talk it up, please.