Coerte V.W. Felske was born in New York City and grew up in Manhattan and Quogue, Long Island. He attended Bronxville High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. He did his graduate work in film directing and screenwriting at Columbia University. The Shallow Man, originally published in 1995, was his first novel. His second novel, Word, came out in 1998 followed by The Millennium Girl in 2000, Scandalocity in 2010, and The Ivory Stretch in 2012 (for in-depth biography go to coertefelske.com) In 2008, the author established his independent online literary imprint, The Dolce Vita Press, founded in conjunction with Amazon.com to publish and distribute his books. The imprint's inaugural publication was The Shallow Man: 15th Anniversary Edition released in September, 2009, followed by Scandalocity and The Ivory Stretch. Felske has two more novels completed--Chemical/Animal to be released by The DVP in 2013 and A Touch of Noir, which is slated for a 2014 release.
Though Felske had been writing extensively in the years since his last original publication in 2000 he held off going to marketplace with the four books of new material. The Dolce Vita Press was the reason. The author launched The DVP to have significant contact with readership, exercise creative control over his work, and to have the freedom to incorporate the talents of top photographers, graphic artists, and book jacket designers. (World renowned photographers and artists Peter Beard, Ellen von Unwerth, and Raphael Mazzucco have all shot Felske's memorable covers, featuring supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Irina Shayk.)
The Dolce Vita Press label derives from the Italian term "dolce vita," which translates to the "sweet life." Felske was influenced by Federico Fellini's cinematic masterwork, La Dolce Vita, which tells the tale of a carefree, decadent group of seemingly glamorous partiers, nightclubbers, and exotic women as they navigate their way through Rome's high society, all pursued by a dashing playboy paparazzo. The author has often referred to his literature as "dolce vita fiction," stories about nightclub impresarios, serial womanizers, fashionistas, fortunehunting women, entertainment business hopefuls, and scandal sheet writers, entrenched in a similar dolce vita circuitry; in essence, characters living modern versions of that illusory sweet life depicted in Fellini's film.
Felske's two most recent works, Scandalocity and The Ivory Stretch, both show a progression even departure from his "dolce vita fiction" to more classically drawn plot-driven dramas and narratives.
Scandalocity (The DVP 2010) is a sexy psychological thriller for the social network generation. The title is a neologism defined as "the speed at which scandal measured in velocity can turn you into a star." Felske, known for his Zeitgeist fiction, takes on the Information Age, scandal sheets, and our tech-driven, media-consumed and celebrity-obsessed culture, and has melded his topical social commentary in a taut, suspenseful murder mystery. Protagonist Harry Starslinger is an ADHD-addled online gossip reporter who gets embroiled in the investigation of his girlfriend's murder. There more passion and murder and Harry becomes the hunted one. The book has been termed "The Sweet Smell of Success" meets "Body Heat," and is a dramatic, twisting and turning, page-turner which includes all the new and fresh language, a veritable lexicon's worth, which have been the hallmarks of the author's inimitable life-in-the-fast-lane literature (like "scandalocity," he coined and brought the term "modelizer" into the daily vernacular). Scandalocity was the author's second Dolce Vita Press release.
Felske's fifth novel, The Ivory Stretch (The DVP, 2013), is the author's most complex, lyrical, and ambitious work to date. Set in the breathtaking settings of the American Southwest, this psychological drama and thriller whose title refers to a white stretch limousine comprises one of the great road trips to be found in American literature. When the trio of principals take to the highway the novel zooms into high gear, comprising one of the great road trips to be found in American literature, rife with unconscious echoes of Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways, Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, as well as Thompson's Fear and Loathing. Simultaneously thrilling, noirish, crackling and detouring, the electric prose masterfully seasoned with philosophies, historical asides, tribal customs, letters, diaries, metaphors, and individual paths to enlightenment give the tome a hightened reality, at the same time remaining true to the enchanting milieu of L'Amour and sensibilities of McCarthy to forge a new kind of western. Felske, who previously lasered in on modern fast lane culture, has gone poetic, even classic here, with his boldest and most significant work, shepherding a cast of characters who start out searching for external validation, but find internal truths instead. The author expertly transports his eye for detail and innate curiosities on a different kind of "dolce vita" that is equally sweet but twice as spicy. Like a gun barrel to the small of the back, The Ivory Stretch forces the reader to contemplate the vulgar and divine, entwining sex, lyricism, violence, and spirituality to inspire deeper epiphanies. With its author's mythic vision of a southwestern death trip that transforms into something decidedly more life-affirming, The Ivory Stretch claims its place as a vital part of the American literary tradition and "Billy Sixkiller" joins the pantheon of great fictional character creations. Conjuring hints and evoking whispers of some of literature's finest, The Ivory Stretch sets the imagination ablaze with an unforgettable, high-octane adrenaline rush ride which haunts the psyche well after the story's climactic conclusion.
Felske has two additional works completed and coming soon from The DVP. With Chemical/Animal (The DVP, 2013) the author's second written in first person as a woman, Felske casts his unconventional eye on the institution of marriage in the 21st Century. A Touch of Noir (The DVP, 2014), the author's seventh novel, is a murder mystery and conspiracy tale which takes place in Hollywood in the 1940s. Please go to coertefelske.com for updates and release date details.
All Coerte V.W. Felske titles for The Dolce Vita Press are available at the author's Web site coertefelske.com, thedolcevitapress.com, as well as Amazon.com. To contact the DVP, request a review copy, or write to the author, please visit the author's Web site at coertefelske.com.
In other news, there are two cable television shows in the works, "Scandalocity" and "Millennium Girls" based upon the author's books of the same names. The author appeared in "Real Housewives of New York" in March, 2010 as the romantic interest for one of the "wives." Felske also penned the lyrics for the 2010 Billboard #1 hit dance song "Secret Love" for singer Kim Sozzi. Felske is represented by manager Brad Kaplan at Evolution Entertainment in Los Angeles (323-850-3232).