When you make a book, you expose yourself because all stories reveal something intimate about the writer. The two books I published recently were written in 2001, and when I read them now I remember just who I was at that point in time. I’m protective of that younger self but I also need to know that my stories resonate with readers today. The initial reviews are coming in and I was so touched to read this thoughtful review at Omphaloskepsis:
The Magic Mirror is the first person narrative of Kamara’s struggle, journey and discovery, but I get the feeling hers is one that can be shared. The Magic Mirror, like the most precious of books, can be a safe, empowering, loving home to inspire one to become hopeful and courageous–to know they are beautiful.
Then this morning I heard from a friend who had taken her copy of The Magic Mirror to her son’s soccer game when this happened:
…a mother of a girl the age of the protagonist saw me and said she HAD to borrow it and will return it at this weekend’s game. I agreed, with condition we could get a quote and photo if she and her daughter like it. They both started reading it at the game and could not put it down, so I don’t doubt that the testimonial will be forthcoming.
So, clearly the cover of the book and the opening pages work to engage and hook readers.
THAT is the goal–to engage and hook readers! I’m very grateful to the readers/bloggers/reviewers who have agreed to take a look at my books. I heard from someone at the teachers union yesterday and would love to reach more educators. Onward!