Image: Michal Jarmoluk
Book reviews hold a lot of power--and I'm not sure how many readers realize just how much. I mean the debate over whether reviews sell books rages on. Many people will say they do for certain, while others argue that most reviews can no longer be trusted as legit anymore, so what are they worth?
I used to pride myself on using people, places, and memories as fodder for my stories. Naturally, there's nothing wrong with that. I love looking at a character I created out of spare parts--say the quirky laughter of a friend, plus the body of a cousin, the tremendous empathy I have always loved in someone I no longer knew. It's beautiful to take the vistas, climate, and venues of different locales and create a new one. There's a certain satisfaction in pulling beloved bits and pieces together and making something special out of them.