Welcome Wednesday guests for October:
10/01 Finding Sky author, Susan O'Brien;
10/08 Award-winning Hank Phillippi Ryan (Truth Be Told);
10/15 Indie authors Polly Iyer (Backlash) and Ellis Vidler (Prime Target);
10/22 Murder by the Month author, Jess Lourey;
10/29 Marilyn Levinson, Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mystery author.

Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.

Don't miss this month's release of Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays on October 7th, in which WWK bloggers Shari Randall ("Disco Donna") and E. B. Davis ("Compromised Circumstances") have short stories.

KM Rockwood's
short stories will appear in two anthologies released in October. They are: "The Lure of the Owl" in Swamp Mansion and Other Dark Stories, to be released as a ebook, and "Aunt Olga and the Werewolf" will be included in the third Creatures, Crimes and Creativity anthology release by Intrigue Publishing. at their conference in October.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Can’t Wait for the Next Book

Can you remember, as a child, the excitement of discovering an author? Did you read all the books, one after another, until there were no more books and you wanted to write your favorite author urging her to hurry up and produce the next book? Recently I discovered the books of Tana French. Sure, I should be reading them with critical eyes so I can improve my own writing skills. However, French’s characters and stories drew me into worlds where total immersion was the only option for me.

French’s first book, In the Woods, was the most distant in setting and plot for me. The feudal aspects and the lynch mob mentality of the 0670038601_0victims of a feudal overlord didn’t seem to belong to the 1960’s. However, I lived in America and not Ireland during that decade. My father’s family is Irish but that doesn’t make me an expert on Ireland.

Despite my reservations about the book, I was entranced by French’s writing and the way she developed her characters. Also, when I think about it, one of the most feudal-thinking characters I ever met was an American descended from Irish immigrants. Despite an Irish President, and numerous Irish doctors, lawyers, writers, and CEO’s, she couldn’t forget that Irish immigrants had been greeted in the US with signs, “No Irish Need Apply.” As a supervisor, she set out to make sure the people working under her paid for that long ago insult to her ancestors. Brits have long and often justifiably been criticized for their treatment of Ireland and the criticism will continue but sometimes problems start within.

French’s next books, The Likeness and Faithful Place, I believe demonstrate more the author’s ability to unravel character and create atmospheric settings. Even secondary characters are fascinating. There was nothing quirky about the characters. They just unfolded throughout the books as friends you gradually get to know. I also kept reading for a resolution to the crime in each book.

Now I have nearly finished French’s third book. How long do I have to wait for the fourth?

Do you have an author you must keep reading?

5 comments:

Warren Bull said...

I have several writers who keep me waiting for their next work and this author is surely one of them. I am waiting for Nancy Pickard's, Sharyn McCrum's and behind on Lee Child

Warren Bull said...

McCrumb of course just off the plane back to Christchurch and a bit lagged.

E. B. Davis said...

A friend of mine also loves Tana French so I have another author to look forward to reading. My list?
Chaz McGee,Jana DeLeon, Heather Graham, Janet Evanovich, Martha Grimes (Jury Series only),Susan Wittig Albert, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Kandel, Nancy Atherton, Simon Brett, M. C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, Dorothy Cannell, Deborah Crombie, Sandra Parshall, Nancy Martin, Blaize Clement, Susan Rogers Cooper, Mary Daheim,
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Stephanie Pintoff, Ian Rankin (Rebus), Peter Robinson, Ann B. Ross, Sue Ann Jaffarian, and Ellen Hart. I know I've miss a few. My reading list never ends--thank goodness!

Pauline Alldred said...

When so much of the news is gloomy, we have an escape that deepens our understanding of others, Warren and Elaine.

morganalyx said...

I used to wait - impatiently, mind you - for the next installment of Harry Potter. I also eagerly await the next books of Ms. Grafton.

I love reading JD Robb's series involving Lt. Eve Dallas, but since she's got so many out I don't think I'm in danger of running out anytime soon.