What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? When I was 22 I crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a 37 foot sail boat. It took 36 days from St.Thomas in the Caribbean to Gibraltar at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. WE passed through great squalls and storms and sunny days and I learned that a passage is a perfect metaphor for our lives. Sometimes we are afraid sometimes we are filled to the brim with sunshine and joy. But we are always reliant first and foremost upon ourselves. We make our own lives but what we think and what we do. If you have courage all other virtues are yours for the asking.
What is your favorite color? I love blue because it is the color of water and we live on the water planet.
What is your favorite food? I was raised by my Pop to be a fottball player and so from my earliest memories I was given steak and potatoes, and yes we are Irish.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? The Ocean has always been my spiritual home. Boundless and deep it both scares me and fills me with a sense of wonder. To become a good seaman is a life long effort. You can never learn all there is to know about the sea. It is the most powerful natural force on earth and yet it is also a benevolent friend.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Winnie The Pooh was my first realization that writing could take away pain. As I gobbled up the sweet and serene adventures of the characters in Pooh Corner I knew that from then on reading would be my first and last refuge. I also knew that the creation of these dreams between book covers was what I wanted to use my life to create. Books have always been my closest and dearest friends, as loyal as a dog, as kind as a good friend, and as helpful as time passing without pain.
With refreshing depth, distinct literary merit, and highly original poetic phrasings that spill from the pages like paint, Colorado Mandala is poet Brian Heffron’s debut work of literary fiction. It mines the complex landscape of post-Vietnam America to unearth the deep connections that bind individuals together, and also ferociously rip them asunder. Illustrative, luscious, seductive, and engaging, this rare piece of craftsmanship will stir the senses of any one who thirsts for artistic expression, or who longs for an era in our country now utterly, irretrievably gone.
In the heady, hippie backdrop of Pike’s Peak, Colorado, in the tumultuous 1970s, three souls swirl together in an explosive supernova. Michael is the flinty-eyed, volatile former Green Beret, whose tour in Vietnam has left unbridgeable chasms in his psyche and secrets that can never find light. Sarah is his fair-haired paramour, the ethereal Earth Mother widow of a fallen soldier and single mother to a ten-year-old son Stuart. Paul is a young wanderer, who is drawn in by Michael and soon bears the mantle of both minister and scourge. As they are drawn together, and torn apart, each is changed forever. And our hearts race along with them, through the rocky, raw Colorado terrain amidst the blood sport of man and beast.
Laying bare the loss and acceptance of a pioneering age, Colorado Mandala shines revelatory light on the crazy, glorious, and romantic notion that each generation conceives anew: that love can be a spiritual gift shared openly rather than coveted, or hidden, or hoarded. If you wish to go barefoot again and climb an unspoiled Colorado trail, look no further. If you long for something to wake you up in simple, clean language, a shimmering story awaits. Awaken to what you have always known: simple truths show you the way home. With his gripping and unforgettable Colorado Mandala, it is clear that Brian Heffron knows the way.
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Genre – Literary Fiction
Rating – PG
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