Reprinted With Permission of the Author You, Fascinating You Now on Audible.com For the past four months, I have been working quietly behind-the-scenes with Punch Audio and the brilliant actor, Susan Hanfield, on the audiobook version of my award-winning novel, You, Fascinating You. Next year will mark fully a decade devoted to this epic, […]
Neither Slush Nor Bankruptcy Nor Death… At the height of the first Palestinian uprising, author Germaine Shames went to Jerusalem a journalist and came back a novelist. Her carefully measured column inches (aptly called “hard news”) could never capture the region’s complex moral climate and the questions posed in equal parts by its beauty and […]
You, Fascinating You in the Spotlight “A moving and inspiring novel”‘ — Journalist, writer & dance reviewer Georgina Butler reviews ‘You, Fascinating You’ The rarefied world of classical ballet demands sacrifice and determination. Fittingly, Germaine Shames’ compelling novel You, Fascinating You shines a spotlight on the life of a dancer whose strength of character, passion […]
An Interview with Librettist/Lyricist Germaine Shames Reprinted with permission of Jaz Dorsey, dramaturg. Thanks to Mahesh Steven Grossman, there is a fantastic new facebook page that I encourage every one to check out – Show Off Your New Musical. This is where I came across Arizona playwright and author, Germaine Shames, and learned of […]
An Interview with Director Robert Encila Author Germaine Shames first met Robert Encila at Studio Connections’ production of A Man of No Importance and knew, instantly and beyond doubt, that he was the ideal director for her first musical. The gripping performances and spellbinding illusions Robert brings to the stage can be attributed to one […]
Who hasn’t dreamed of a life in the perfect French chateau? Shortly after the events of 9/11, author Casper Silk (aka Germaine Shames) and her British partner considered making France a second home and set out to find the quintessential Gallic village. Hate crimes had recently spiked in urban France, but Silk had difficulty reconciling the […]
An Interview with Composer Federico Ferrandina You, Fascinating You, a novel based on the epic story behind a timeless love song, will soon come full circle on the stage as a dramatic musical. Author Germaine Shames returned to her roots in Theater to write the book and lyrics. Because music resides at the very heart […]
The time has come to reveal the true identity of Hotel Noir’s author. Enjoy this guest post by the “shape-shifting” Germaine Shames. Silk and Subterfuge… For the past several years I have been dancing with a shady male alter ego, channeling his dark visions and lofty ideals into novels, and hiding my double identity from all […]
Pale Fire Press’ second novel, Hotel Noir by Casper Silk, has been compared by critics to the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, P.D. James “on steroids,” Graham Greene, Thomas Mann and J.G. Ballard. Ironically, we were attracted to Hotel Noir for much the same reason as editor Lexy Bloom, who said of an early version, […]
“We live lives based on selected fictions.” Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar With our first title, You, Fascinating You, continuing to draw raves, and our second and third moving briskly through the pipeline, time and again this blog—Selected Fictions, we call it—has been placed on hold. We would like to think our books speak for us. If […]
You, Fascinating You is now live on Audible.com!
The Historical Novel Society recently named You, Fascinating You Editor's Choice, calling the book "faultless" and "most highly recommended."
You, Fascinating You goes yachting... Germaine Shames and Cesare Frustaci have been invited to speak at a luncheon at the Pelican Isle Yachting Club. This will be Shames' and Frustaci's first joint presentation—and their first reunion since traveling together across Hungary and Italy to research this story.
A British dance critic discovers You, Fascinating You, a "riveting read."
Ballerina Rebecca King features You, Fascinating You on her award-winning blog, Tendus Under a Palm Tree.
The Tucson Weekly chronicles author Germaine Shames' evolution as a playwright.
Prominent NZ anthropologist, Dr. Peter Cleave, reviews You, Fascinating You on video through a social science lens.
Author Adam Sydney talks with Casper Silk about the art of letting go.
Italy discovers the Vittorio De Sica connection behind You, Fascinating You!
The vivacious Barbara Conelli, bestselling author and radio host and lover of all things Italian, recently invited Germaine Shames to speak with listeners about—what else?—Italy.
Dance writer Catherine Tully interviews Germaine Shames on her blog 4dancers.
Sam Millar, "Ireland's most controversial author," had this to say about our forthcoming novel, Hotel Noir: "A noirish combination of F. Scott Fitzgerald and early P. D. James on steroids, what stands out the most in this literary endeavor is the evocative writing, the author’s ability to capture a moment in time and take us there, to capture a character entirely in a few phrases, to infuse the reader with a sense that she is right there, participating in a story as it happens, as told by a narrator who knows how to weave a web and pull you in without your realizing that you are caught. A bizarre and at times challenging read, Hotel Noir is nonetheless an intriguing novel filled with wonderfully zany characters Agatha Christie would have killed for."
Is Hotel Noir the new Death in Venice? Charlie Courtland thinks so.
Between Two Deserts, a brilliant debut novel, resurfaces in this thoughtful review by poet Gary Severance.
How a Forgotten Ballerina Inspired a Brand New Musical — compliments of DanceUs.org