Friday, December 28, 2012
Description: Nevada's Golden Age of Gambling is a photo-rich history of the casinos from 1931 to 1981. All about the building of empires from Reno and Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas and a dozen other Nevada casino towns.
Stories detail how the casinos were built, who the major gaming pioneers were, and how they managed to build Nevada from a agriculture and mining based economy into the greatest gaming empire in the world.
Chapters include the history of casinos and their founders from Bill Harrah and "Pappy" Smith, to Moe Dalitz, "Bugsy" Siegel, and dozens of others.
Guest Post from the author:
Writing About What You Love
As any reader knows, when an author really loves their subject matter it shows in the writing. You can’t write about the Irish Potato Famine if you don’t know the subject, nor can you attract and retain any readers if you don’t really love the history behind the story. Even a sad and depressing subject can make for a beautiful article or manuscript. Frank McCourt’s memoir, “Angela’s Ashes,” is hardly a happy story, but the writing is gripping, beautiful in parts.
Finding your own subject matter to concentrate on is a key to not only being successful, but keeping yourself happy with your work. Dean Koontz probably wouldn’t be successful if he was writing cook books. Well, not unless in the middle of whipping up a soufflé the eggs started hatching into strange beasts that scattered into the wind and wreaked havoc on the residents of the surrounding towns. That’s probably a cook book I would buy. Why shouldn’t I get some story in the middle of main course chapters?
In my case, I fell in love with Lake Tahoe, the beautiful mountain lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains sandwiched between California and Nevada and I moved there after college. At the time, Nevada had casinos and California didn’t. That alone was exciting, and so I set out to visit every casino at the lake.
I was fascinated by the idea that casinos had been around since the early 1900’s, even before they were legal, but there was very little know (or shared) about their origins or their owners. When I found some old photos of the casinos in local shops the bells went off in my head.
Perhaps, I thought, there were others like me who wanted to know when the casinos opened, who owned them, which Mob families were getting “skim money,” and what they looked like in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
I eventually produced Nevada’s Golden Age of Gambling to fill the need I had for my subject, because I love casino history, and now readers can gaze at dozens of old photos and read why “Bugsy” Siegel got gunned down in Los Angeles even though his Flamingo casino in Las Vegas was successful, how Bill Harrah’s first casino in Reno was a bust, and how “Baby Face” Nelson worked for the casino bosses at the Cal-Neva at Lake Tahoe to while-away the hours between bank jobs.
Of course you don’t have to do nonfiction for your next book. Just sit quietly for a few minutes and think about what you love. What would be fun to write about, even if there are plenty of other novels to compete with? If you love forensic science but are intimidated by Patricia Cornwell, think about putting your characters in a new setting. Would it be bad for the story to be set in space, on a submarine, or a desert island before starting the autopsy?
You can write about what you love, and you can find an audience for your work, if you take the time to make your story special. Make it different than any story before it, either with new characters (maybe the forensic scientist is a robot), new settings (in an elevator), or new ideas (no dissection, only a psychic). Let your mind wander, then rope it in and see what you’ve got!
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