Our Client, and Author J. von Minden


Jay von Minden

Overcoming untreated autism and learning disabilities, J. von Minden graduated summa cum laude,  Phi Beta Kappa, from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, PA, with elections to Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Sigma Lambda. His first novel, The Dream Zone, was published when he was only nineteen. Since then he has published two more—Widow’s Byte, and Bird of Paradise. When not writing, he is a woodworker and private tutor. He has one son, and lives in Olympia, Washington.Although he had been writing since age eight, he did not become a true author until age fourteen when he received a precious gift. J. von Minden was sitting on a bench in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, waiting for his bus. An old black man approached him, smiling as though he recognized me from a past life. His ragged clothing and dishevelled hair betrayed his life as a well-seasoned homeless man and yet he asked no one for a coin. Instead, he pulled a harmonica out and played a few lines. Then in a gritty voice he told me about his days playing music with the legendary Muddy Waters. He played a little more on his harmonica then continued on his walk to nowhere, playing his harmonica, and smiling at the people he passed. He never told the Author his name, but as you can see, J. von Minden never forgot the gift he gave him—the gift of his story. He returned that gift by remembering the remarkable homeless man in his book  “Pieces of Rainbow” which will be the sequel to another of his most memorable work  “Lightning in the Cradle” – which we deem a ‘must read’ heading for a possible film series.
After all, as in the author’s own wise words – “we are are our stories”. 

ABOUT THE BOOK – “Lightning in the Cradle – Volume I of the Prusiaskai Series


Lightning_in_the_Cradle _J. Von Minden

Ritva is a twelve year old girl growing up in a convent in the Latvian highlands. As an orphan, she endures the social backlash by retreating into local mythology and fantasy. As she comes of age, coming to terms with who she is and what she is, the shifting lines of World War II sweep through her home, first bringing Russian occupation and then Nazi subjugation. Amid the trauma of forced indoctrination into a Hitler Youth division, she learns the real secret of her parentage and its incestuous consequences that could send her to concentration camp.

As an ethnic Prusiaskai, the pre-Christian ethnicity of the Baltic coast from the former East Prussia to modern day Latvia, Ritva is the only characterization of this race to appear in fiction. Officially listed as extinct since WWII, the Prusiaskai are but one of the many smaller ethnicities that were exterminated in Eastern Europe, a crime we must not forget, a voice we must not lose.

This series follows the interconnecting lines of those people, most based on actual lives that have touched the author or are a part of his family tree.
Publication Date:
May 31 2014

Publisher: World Castle Publishing.  Available inKindle and Paperback format at Amazon.com

PaperbackGet it by Tuesday, Jun 3

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