A Southern California Twist

Thomas Bauer
Thomas Bauer Author Interview

Sundays at Simone’s follows a young man who gets tangled up in L.A.’s high society and weaves through a mix of intriguing characters and situations. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

As a native of Los Angeles, I’m pretty tuned into the psyche of the place. Besides, I was always fascinated by the great French salons of the 19th Century and thought it would be fun to give them a Southern California twist. Satire was the attention, but I also got wrapped up in the story of the young pianist and his loves.

Your characters were all interesting and I enjoyed how they evolved throughout the story. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Michael’s character, like any other, developed through disappointment, heartbreak, triumph, and experience.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I’m always drawn to the place of the artist in each society, so that is certainly near the top. Also, the pretensions that come with wealth and sometimes fame. Also, the ups and downs of ambition.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The Anachronist has just been published.

Author Links: Amazon | GoodReads

A wealthy Los Angeles socialite with a sordid past creates a modern day version of the 19th Century French salon, where the elite among the aristocracy gather to hear the latest music and poetry and flaunt their trappings of grandeur. Asked to perform, a penniless pianist becomes addicted to these afternoon affairs, which change his life when he discovers more is expected of him than his talent in music. A tale of love, ambition, and betrayal, Sundays at Simone’s looks at the pretensions of Los Angeles aristocracy with a satirical eye, as it chronicles a young musician’s search for true love and a venue for his talent. An odd parade of colorful characters accompanies him on his bizarre journey from a childhood with a Bohemian aunt, to his career as a hack accompanist for would be opera singing waiters at a run down Italian restaurant, to the castles of Beverly Hills, to the movie studios of Hollywood, as the glamorous Simone pulls the strings of her human puppets.

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