When I’m looking for a book to read, especially from a new-to-me author, I read the blurb, the back matter if it’s a paperback, and the first few pages. This smidgeon will usually tell me if I’ll like the author’s voice, the writing, the beginnings of the plot, the characters. I was raised to eat all my dinner, so not finishing a book is anathema to me. This cursory read is enough to make a decision–yes or no–although sometimes I’m surprised at the way the story unfolds.
I’ve read a few of Michele’s books, and that was enough to send me to her Amazon page and order the book. Writing abuse is hard and not for everyone to write or read. I have a vicious scene in one of my books, and it hurt me to write it. I applaud Michele. She’s a wonderful writer and I can’t wait to read this one.
Polly, this is high praise coming from you! Thank you so much. and Bonnie, thank you for offering me this blog and chance to talk about what was a difficult scent to write.
You just encouraged me, Michele, without knowing it. I’m working on a manuscript that is okay but hasn’t caught fire yet. You give me heart to re-examine, re-think, and move on. Thanks.
I so glad, Judy! Your writing always pulls me into the story…and I seldom miss your blog posts, they’re gentle, calming and insightful.