I have been an avid reader of fiction all of my life. Every author writes in order to be read–stands to reason doesn’t it? And yet I have found that publishers of fiction are the biggest impediment to aspiring writers due to their often impersonal and cutthroat manner. Most writers can tell you about the scores of negative responses (or non-responses) from editors and publishers. Too often their minds are made up as to what they are looking for…and often they don’t see very well-read! Most seem to want another Harry Potter or the like, i.e. a money-spinner and not a provocative voice. In any case, as much as my busy retired life in France will allow me, I have decided to share names and works of authors I like to read.
I am going to start with the author I have mostly recently discovered (thanks to his sister!). His name is Drew Bridges. Click on his name to learn more about him and his works. Below is his most recent novel along with my review on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Bierce Is Dead and Well…Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2022
Whether or not you are familiar with works of “Fierce Bierce,” his amanuensis, Drew Bridges, will clue you in to his life and personality. True to Bridges’ professional life of working with troubled minds/souls, he brings his experience with the inner workings of hurting humanity to front and centre as various persons, including Bierce and his thinly disguised Buddhist friend, “Sid,” get involved in the ‘lives’ of both the dead and the living. If you care at all about your fellow human beings, you will find yourself drawn into this interesting romp through the afterlife as each person seeks ‘resolution’ with who they were and now are. Or, if you are simply drawn to a good murder mystery, you’ll get that as well. Lots of good twists and turns to keep you on your mental toes. This novel is both thoughtful and entertaining.