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Elias Tobias publishes poetry anthology, short story
Elias Tobias,has published two books, an anthology of 145 poems called, “Figments of My Reality” and a short story murder mystery, “Five Aces.” Both books are published by AuthorHouse, Inc.
“Figments of My Reality” is an anthology of poetry written by Elias Tobias from high school to the present, which explores the facets of reality from the common themes of life. These poems are really little stories of characters, observed or experienced by the author, without the introductions and conclusions. These are snapshots of their thoughts, leaving the settings and character details up to the reader. The poems focus of the feelings of the moment, and possible reasons of decisions or reactions of these feelings. These collective actions create who we are, and why we do what we do. The cost for the 6 x 9 soft cover book is $16.95, and the E-book,$3.99.
In “Five Aces,” an attempt to rescue an all male military academy from financial despair by one of the alumni turns deadly as a murder mystery centers on the reunion of five cadets at the academy. The childhood antics and pranks once buried in the past surface to undermine the celebration of the present. The cost for the 6 x 9 soft cover book is $11.95, and the E-book,$3.99.
Elias Tobias is the pen name of Michael D. Hall that he started to use in the early 1990’s after writing and publishing poems and short stories for nearly 20 years. His first works were published in junior high school. This interest in writing led to a career in photojournalism and education, teaching Secondary English. Throughout college and the different jobs that supported him, writing was and continues to be a constant factor in his life. The pen name was created by combining two different names from a movie screen credits in a western. The early American West is one of his major interests with movies, music CDs, belt buckles, and wooden nickels among his collections.
In 1998, he started the web blog, “The World of Words by Elias Tobias,” (http://eliastobias.net) which has been an alternate venue for his poetry and photography and other related articles and videos. Hall has created over 30 videos that integrate his photography and poetry, and one video of the only recorded musical version of his poem “Next Flight” by ex-college roommate Michael Albright. Articles include how to write poetry and a popular instructional titled, “How to have a free poetry blog in three easy steps or claiming your homestead on the wild frontier of the Internet.” More information about the Ball State University graduate can be found on the poetry blog.
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