Thursday, July 31, 2014

How Long Have You Wanted to be a Writer?

My best friend from high school sent me this email yesterday: 

"I remember being at your house probably the summer after 8th grade and you handing me a story and saying 'Read this.'  It was about boys with cool nicknames like Sparky on rooftops jumping from one to the other, and one falls.  You ended with 'Cats always land on their feet.'  And then it became clear that they weren't boys.  They were cats. You wrote it in 5th grade."

 I wish I could remember writing it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oh, a review

This is a nice one.  I'm trying to avoid the not so nice ones.

"Unpredictable, Engrossing, and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny!"

Ann Lewis Hamilton

Reviewed by Susan Dyer
Posted July 18, 2014

EXPECTING is going to make you laugh out loud while you are flipping the pages and forget about doing anything else. You are going to finish EXPECTING in one day just like I did. I still can't believe EXPECTING is a debut novel. Ann Lewis Hamilton writes like she has written fifty novels already.
Laurie and Alan have been trying to get pregnant. They have had two miscarriages and they decide the way to go is artificial insemination. They are thrilled when Laurie gets pregnant, but then they learn that a fed up nurse tampered with things and the child is not Alan's, but from donor #296. Who the heck is Donor 296?
EXPECTING is written in third person perspective from three different points of view. Laurie, Alan, and Jack, the biological father of Laurie's baby. Each of the changes are clearly marked so it is easy to keep up with which character is currently narrating the story. Alan's chapters really broke my heart but at the same time, and I can understand the struggle he is going through. Poor Alan feels like he will not have any ties to the baby. Is Laurie going to want to be with Jack now that they have a baby together? Well, you are going to have to read EXPECTING to find out.
You can really feel Laurie and Alan's pain, but it doesn't overwhelm you. You sit there wondering if their marriage can survive something like this, and it makes you wonder what would you do in this situation. EXPECTING will stay with you long after you read the final page. All of the characters feel very real and after a few chapters they will feel like friends you have known for years. There are pages where I laughed and cried at the same time. EXPECTING is filled with so much humor, I was snorting with laughter, while being grateful I wasn't on a train or bus while reading it!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dear Reader Blog Post

I was lucky to have a blog post published on a wonderful site, Dear Reader.

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