When I started this adventure I’ll call burgeoning award-winning-novelist, I never imagined it would take me across the country, promoting my books. Frankly, I never imagined there would be a plural, books.
Writing novels was never on the dream board. It wasn’t on the roadmap. Anyone that knows me, knows I’m a bit of an extravert. I’ve been on stage, solo’d, was an extra in a few movies, and dipped my toes in the stand-up pool many moons ago.
Writing, however, was never really my “thing”. Sure, I enjoyed telling stories. Tell a joke or two. Be the first to respond with a snarky or smart-ass response. But, sitting down and actually writing a story? Chapter after chapter? Compile hundreds of thousands of words?
Just wasn’t in the cards. I wasn’t that guy. I wasn’t that cerebral. And if you’ve read my work, you know, I’m still not that cerebral, but I’m working on it.
Periodically, I check my reviews on line. People seem to enjoy my work, and my review count continues to increase monthly, which surprises me, but I won’t complain.
What I love most, though, is discovering international reviews. People outside my country, USA, who’ve spent their hard earned money, and purchased my novels. Then, take the time, to write a review on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc.
Here’s a recent nugget I found, while surfing the web, I thought I’d share. It’s from Amazon Australia, a country on my bucket list, and hope to visit one day. I find it ironic, that while I’ve never stepped foot in the “land down under”, my book has.
This is from Anna W. whomever she is.
Format: Kindle Edition
This book had me from the first page and by the end, I was an emotional wreck. In 1987 a young man meets a girl called B. What follows is a sweet story of first love set in the 80’s. The story is told entirely from the boy’s (we never learn his name) point of view and is refreshingly innocent and at the same time very real.
It’s a coming of age story of first love that is beautifully told. Vega is a talented writer who doesn’t put a foot wrong. The main characters are both real and sympathetic. This book is an easy read that will carry you along as B and the young man discover love, friendship and growing up. There is also the added bonus of the time period, I love books and films set in the 80’s so, for me, this was a great piece of nostalgia. Vega throws in references to films and music (and using pay phones) that really set the mood.
Without giving anything away, this book has some really emotional parts, you’ll need a tissue.
Thank you, Anna W. whomever you are. I enjoyed your review, and appreciate you spending the time to read my novel, and your hard earned money. I hope you enjoy the rest of my work.