Why a book review changed my life

 

I was painfully shy in school which is why I can relate so much to Louise Jensen’s post. Mostly, I’m so thrilled about this wonderful moment in this writer’s life! Her psychological thriller “The Sister” is debuting in July. I can’t wait.

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As a child, when the school reports were handed out, my stomach churned with anxiety. It’s not that I was a bad student, but I was very shy and this was something teachers were quick to point out. Every. Single. Year.

‘Louise has a good grasp of English but doesn’t join in the class debates, and needs to…’

‘Louise excels at maths but is very quiet in class, and needs to…’

‘Louise produces some excellent work but fails to put her hand up, and needs to….’

 But. But. But. And it didn’t matter how much I studied, the exams I passed, or the homework I always (nearly always) handed in on time. It was never enough. I was never enough. There was always a ‘but’ no matter how hard I tried. My results were good but my personality was always in question and my fragile confidence shrunk year after…

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3 Days Quotation Challenge: Day 3

I'm back for my final quote for the 3 Days Quotation Challenge. Thanks again to Charles for nominating me. You can visit him over at his blog Charles French Words Reading and Writing. Today's quote comes from one of my favorite writers: The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked... … Continue reading 3 Days Quotation Challenge: Day 3

Carrie Rubin’s Novel EATING BULL and My Personal Food Connection

I know I've read a great book when I'm still thinking about it months after I've turned the final pages. Carrie Rubin's Eating Bull is one of those books. It is a tightly crafted thriller, told from the point of view of three characters: Jeremy, an overweight, bullied teen whose favorite friend is food; Sue, the … Continue reading Carrie Rubin’s Novel EATING BULL and My Personal Food Connection

Green-Walled Tower Fiction-T’s are Here!

Fiction-T's from the Green-Walled Tower are here and just in time for the holidays! David Stewart from the Green-Walled Tower blog has created these incredible T-shirts. I know you're probably wondering how a T-shirt can be incredible...make no mistake these shirts are stupendous! Why? Because these shirts are Fiction-T's. David has published his short fiction stories … Continue reading Green-Walled Tower Fiction-T’s are Here!

Creativity: The Freedom of Limits

The latest Writer's Digest July/August issue focuses on creativity. I'm all ears when it comes to learning about the creative process. It's something I take to heart, believing more often it's the journey and not the final destination that counts. That sentiment applies to so many things in life, whether it be professional or personal, … Continue reading Creativity: The Freedom of Limits

How Harper Lee Saved Me

Mark over at Exile on Pain Street just got Freshly Pressed for his post about how Harper Lee saved him. Did you know he received a letter from her? Oh, what a thrill! Congrats, Mark! Excellent post.

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Several people have pinged me about the announcement of Harper Lee’s new novel. It’s based on a recently-discovered manuscript that she wrote in mid-50’s and takes place 20 years after To Kill A Mockingbird.

I think just about everyone has already read and commented on this post but I thought I’d rerun it. It’s the reason why people are reaching out to me with this wonderful news. It explains who I am and why I’m typing these words right now. I’d be a hot mess if it weren’t for her.


Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s the single most important book in my life.

I didn’t read a book until I was 20 years old. It’s true! They attempted to force-feed me while attending my below-average schools, but I made it clear that I would only read a book under protest…

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Book Review: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

I love those books you can't put down. Recently, I read the remaining pages of Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld amid the noise of my son's iPad, whirring and buzzing away. Several times I asked him to turn it down. No matter, I was rapt with these last pages, and pulled in completely for the book's … Continue reading Book Review: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld