I saw this today while riding through grey, grey Ottawa on the bus and shaking the rain off my toque. Full disclosure, I know Kevin from the Ottawa Writing scene and as two newly self-published authors, it’s good to encourage one another. So, with that in mind, after I get through with this post, I urge you to visit his page and writing beyond just this gorgeous review.
There are three exciting things about this review.
1) It’s so well done! He is seeing things in this novel that I hadn’t realized. Actually, that’s the thrill of putting a novel into the world, other people have a chance to make it their own by interpretation. This is a fantastic example of just that.
2) He’s a guy! I’m totally pleased that Claire Never-Ending, even if “boxed” as women’s fiction, can have appeal to everyone.
3) More buzz around the book! I’ve been chatting with Marie of @JBBC about bringing together my many hats/brand, blog touring, and learning how to promote a novel. It’s honestly rather challenging to tackle promotion on one’s own without a publisher without getting burnt out. The novel was a very healing experience for me to both write and produce. I think it became a saving grace in difficult times. But what is it now? Is it still my journey? Reading a review like Kevin’s helps me realize that The Adventures of Claire Never-Ending needs to be about your stories and connections now. I want to pass it forward, and champion more of these individual experiences with the story – whether it’s the reader, the reviewer, or you folks reading this silly little blog post.
Anyhow, there are challenges and changes. All good things. This review is a great way to kick-off that evolution. So, please do enjoy! I felt like I was reading my book again through fresh eyes in his review.
So, thank you so much Kevin! (Author of The Page Turners)