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Behcet Kaya’s Voice of Conscience
Behcet Kaya’s Character in Voice of Conscience Parallels Author’s Own Upbringing From Boyhood in Turkey, Educated in England, Now living in California, Author’s Life Takes Many Turns
By: Nicole Sorkin
“I used the places I have been and many of my own experiences for the background of my novel and understand how readers so easily make the connection between my bio and the story,” said Behcet Kaya during a recent interview. “The experiences of Ramzi in the village are those that I had growing up, all except the murders. I, too, attended school in London and worked at the Texas Pancake House. However, I did not meet my wife there,” the author pointed out.
Voice of Conscience has received many accolades from reviewers, publishers, readers and other authors since first being printed two years ago. The book is tragic in nature, embedding the characters in your mind due to the losses they endure, not the success they achieve. In a way the demise and suffering of the characters makes the reader appreciate all that is good in their own particular life, thus providing the attractive entertainment value of a literary tragedy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Behcet was born in northeastern Turkey growing up in a very small village with long held traditions. Defying his father, Behcet left home at fourteen and travelled first to Istanbul and soon on to London. Earning scholarships from Inner London Education Authority he completed his engineering degree. Behcet made his first visit to the U.S. as an exchange student with the British Universities North American Club. Later attending the Alliance Theater School and studying at the SAG Conservatory of Georgia, which earned him his Screen Actors Guild card. He has published several short stories and is currently working on two novels; one a sequel to Voice of Conscience, the other a story of a U.S. naval officer.
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Nicole Sorkin, managing editor, Pacific Book Review, www.pacificbookreview.com