Alfred J. Garrotto
My most recent novel is Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words (2020). Writing in the voice of Victor Hugo’s catalyst character in Les Miserables, I complete the bishop’s unfinished manuscript that the Bishop outlines in Hugo’s masterpiece. My love for Les Miserables (in all its iterations) led me to write my nonfiction book The Wisdom of Les Miserables: Lessons From the Heart of Jean Valjean (2008).
My novella, There’s More, explores the greatest mystery of all: what happens at the instant of death? In it, a major league ballplayer–a former Catholic priest–is simultaneously murdered and killed during a game by accident and by two different people! The plot explores questions about death and afterlife, as the ballplayer-priest reviews major moments and decisions of his life under the guidance of none other than Victor Hugo’s catalytic character in Les Miserables, Bishop Charles Francois Myriel.
Other fiction works include the Caribbean Tremors Trilogy: A Love Forbidden, Finding Isabella, I’ll Paint a Sun (2019).
The Soul of Art (nonfiction, 2016) explores the underlying spirituality that gives birth to all creative endeavors. I use the book as a source for workshops for creative people of all genres, called the “Spirituality of the Arts.” Contact me for details and possible bookings (see below).
Other novels include Down a Narrow Alley and Circles of Stone.
In addition to writing, I am a freelance writer and manuscript editor (need help?)
By Al Garrotto
- The Soul of Art (nonfiction, Create Space, October 2016)
- There’s More: A Novella of Life and Afterlife, CreateSpace (Septembr, 2014)
- The Wisdom of Les Miserables: Lessons from the Heart of Jean Valjean, lulu.com (July 23, 2011)