Archive for July, 2013

I recently received my first review of my second novel, What Happened To Robbie Tibbons by Kym Kemp in the Lost Coast Outpost.  That’s not to say it was my first review of just my second novel, but my actual first review.  I guess eventually, most writers receive their first review and, if they’re lucky, it’s a good one.  Fortunately, the Kym Kemp review was very good and I was happy to spread it around.  I have to admit here, the review was written by a friend from childhood, but I don’t believe that factored into the kind words.  At least, I don’t want to believe that was a factor and I do believe in the integrity of my friend, the journalist.  So, all in all, I’m thrilled by her analysis of my story and the two young characters.  While she did describe my writing as “uncertain” and “[at times] rough,” she also states that, “it perfectly captures the personalities of her characters and what it was like to swim in the scorching sun in the cool green lake.  Eeriness crawls in and out of the story as Lyddy and Sally search the lake looking for a missing boy.”  I also particularly liked the final sentence of the review: “From the beginning of the book, you know why Robbie Tibbons disappeared, but where he has gone and why will pull you through the darkening lives of two girls whose choices draw them farther and farther from the safe shores of childhood.”  I think that sums up the book very well.  And, I have to say, this evaluation of my writing and the book itself served a greater purpose for me.  In my mind, it catapulted me into the realm of “real writers.”  Before actually being reviewed, I felt like I was pretending to be an author, despite having written three books and publishing two of them.  For someone to have taken the time to write such nice words about what I wrote makes it all seem so bona fide. If you’re interested in reading the rest of the review, find it here:   http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2013/jul/13/what-happened-robbie-tibbons/  And if you’re interested in checking out What Happened To Robbie Tibbons, you can find it at Amazon in both hardcopy and Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=What+happened+to+robbie+tibbons

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