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Jeff Pollak

Jeff Pollak
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Although I've lived in Southern California for decades, I was born and raised in New York City. That may explain why the idea for First Second Coming, my debut novel, hatched on 9/11 as I watched the World Trade Center fall.

I'd been in the building often, as my law firm conducted seminars there every May. I had clients in the building, some of whom were lost. Horrified by what I was seeing on CNN, a random thought came to me: "We need a new god. A planetary turnaround specialist."

Most random thoughts come and go, but this one didn't budge. In 2015, soon after I decided to write fiction as a retirement hobby, that random thought made itself known again. A rudimentary plot, the names and histories of the two main characters and three different story endings spilled out in one sitting.

I jotted everything down, made a bullet point outline and began to write whenever I could. First Second Coming was the result.

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First Second Coming (The New God Series Book 1)by Jeff PollakPublish: Aug 01, 2020Series: The New God SeriesSupernatural Suspense Romantic Suspense

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      • Jeff Pollak Jeff Pollak 1 month ago
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      • Once I decided to try my hand at writing fiction, I had to change my writing style. The dry, professional style suitable to litigators doesn't work in novels. Developing a more dramatic, emotional style necessary to genre writing took a while, especially during the period I was still doing trials and writing fiction at night or on weekends. But I managed it.
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      • Now that I'm retired the schedule is pretty much the same day to day. I'm up at 5:30, spend about two hours writing, then I break for a shower, doing my daily floor exercises and any little thing that needs to be done in the house. By 9:30 I'm back for another two hour session. At 11:30 I take a half-hour break for lunch, and again, another two hour session ensues. What happens after 2 p.m. varies, other than that I take a one hour hike in the nearby hills and park. I do usually get more writing or editing in within that period, ending at 7 p.m.
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      • Not at all, as best I can remember. It was only when I began to look forward to retirement that I needed something to fill my days, other than playing golf, that the idea of writing fiction arose. It's worked out well, I'm enjoying it tremendously and wish I'd begun sooner.
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      • For me, I think the hardest part is getting descriptive passages into a book. A description of a room, for example, or what a character's doing by way of non-verbal communication or fiddling with the things around him or her. Again, I think that stems from decades of writing as a litigation attorney, where all these sorts of things are extraneous. I haven't yet been as successful with this transition as I was with altering my style, but I am working on it.
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      • Reading reviews of my debut book is a brand new experience, since it just came out. As of my writing this I only have fourteen reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, and they're all good ones. I do read them to get the reviewers insights, some of which are surprising, others insightful. I do see trends where the same observation is made by different reviewers, which tells me that I got a point across or successfully conveyed a theme. I'm sure bad reviews will happen, and when they do I'll review them objectively to learn what I can from them, just as I'm doing with the good reviews. I want to treat every review as a learning experience.
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      • I began writing in 2015, before retirement, because the concept of First Second Coming came to me along with a basic plot, the lead characters and their histories. But the seed of the story came to me as 9/11 occurred. I'd been in the World Trade Center to visit clients often, and my law firm did annual conferences there for clients in the New York/New Jersey area every May. So I knew people in the building, some of whom didn't survive. A random thought, that our world needed a new god who's a planetary turnaround specialist, came to me. It thought it went away, as most random thoughts do. However, once I'd decided to write fiction, the story spilled out of my subconscious and I was on my way, inspired by a tragedy and a random thought it brought about.
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