Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

by
Tom Franklin

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When Cindy Walker goes missing in 1982, the people of Chabot, Mississippi blame Larry Ott, the boy who picked her up for a date, but never brought her home.  Although never arrested, Larry is shunned by the townspeople, who hate him for what they think he did.  Now, twenty-five years later, a second girl disappears.  Is Larry, now a loner on the outskirts of town, responsible?  Could there have been other girls?  Silas Jones, the town constable and once Larry’s boyhood friend, is determined to find out.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a mystery crime story about a town hampered by racism.  As boys on their own and running through the woods, it didn’t matter that Larry was white and Silas was black.  Now grown men, they are no longer friends, but they share a history that neither completely understands and both have struggled to get past.  Years ago, Silas ran and Larry stayed.  Now they must overcome massive obstacles and if they do, they must then ask themselves, “Can a broken friendship be fixed?”

I loved this book, which is a great story on many levels, first with an intriguing scenario and a character-driven plot, but second with an important setting, full of moral questions about the impact of decisions and equally of the characters’ action or inaction.  Themes of family, friendship, religion and love are prominent, making the book a true literary work as well.  No wonder it is an award-winning best-seller!

Franklin jumps between the two time periods and fills in the details regarding Cindy’s disappearance.  We learn about Larry and Silas as both boys and men, and begin to understand their relationship to each other as well as to their families.  All this is enhanced by a close look at the culture of Chabot, the perspectives of people who perpetuate prejudice and others who try to rise above it.  Franklin puts his characters in situations in which they have the chance to step up and make things right and he makes the reader ask, “Is it ever too late to do that?”

With an uncertain, but hopeful finish, this is the type of book that generates thought long after the last page, one of my favorite measures of a great read.  While more about the people than the crime, it also stands as a mystery, with a well-paced plot and developments that help tie up the details.  I recommend Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter to anyone who likes mysteries, but also to readers of books about conflicted characters.

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Who’s That Indie Author? Kevin Brennan

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Kevin Brennan

Author name: Kevin Brennan

Genre: Literary Fiction

BooksFascination, available here.

FascinationOn Amazon: Parts Unknown, Yesterday Road, Occasional Soulmates, and Town Father, Or, Where Graceful Girls Abound.

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Bio: Kevin Brennan has been writing fiction since he was a tow-headed lad, fascinated from the start with storytelling and the benefits of letting his imagination run amok. He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with his wife, writing, making music, and cavorting on the trails with the oaks and pines.

Favorite thing about being a writer: It’s an amazing thing to be able to think up a separate reality and somehow make it real.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: The indie market has become so congested that it’s incredibly hard to stand out in the crowd. Too much promotion seems like spamming, but not enough translates into lousy sales.

Favorite book: Hard to pin down, but one that keeps coming to mind as the years go by is Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey.

Contact information:
Blog: kevinbrennanbooks.wordpress.com
Amazon author page: Kevin Brennan
Twitter: @kevinbrennan520
Goodreads: Kevin Brennan
Facebook: Kevin Brennan
Email: kevinbrennan520@gmail.com


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Who’s That Indie Author Recap: Mar/Apr 2016

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Have you met these indie authors?

Here’s a recap for March and April 2016.  Be sure to click on the author’s name to view the full indie author profile.


Maighread MacKay

Maighread HeffernanGenre:  Metaphysical, Visionary and Paranormal Fiction
Book:  Stone Cottage
Favorite Books:  I love the Harry Potter series, Dan Brown’s books. Norah Roberts.
Biggest Challenge:  The rewriting and editing to make the story the best it can be
Contact Information:  Website: Maighread MacKay, Author & Artist
Facebook: Author Maighread MacKay
Twitter: @maighreadmackay


Sherry Mayes

Sherry MayesGenre:  Young Adult
BookStop the World
Favorite BookThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Biggest Challenge:  Finding support to get your novel ‘seen’.
Contact Information:  Facebook:  Sherry Mayes Author; Goodreads:  Sherry Mayes  Amazon: amazon.co.uk


Denise Greenwood

Denise Greenwood - CopyGenre:  Contemporary fiction and chilling thrillers
BooksTemptation, Star Keeper, Crushed
Favorite BookZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Biggest Challenge:  Making one’s narrative voice heard above the roar of millions of others within the book market.
Contact Information:  Website: denise-greenwood.com; Twitter: @deniseGauthor; Facebook: Denise Greenwood and Book Trailers: YouTube.com


Jax Jillian

Jax JillianGenre:  Contemporary Romance
BooksLarkin’s Letters, Ryan’s Letters
Favorite BookSuzanne’s Diary to Nicholas by James Patterson
Biggest Challenge:  Definitely marketing and just getting the book into people’s hands.
Contact Information:  Website:  jaxjillian.com  Blog:  jaxjill.wordpress.com   email:  jaxjillian@gmail.com


B. Lynn Goodwin

B. L. GoodwinGenre:  Fiction, Self-Help, Memoir
BooksTalent ; You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers ; Her memoir, a work-in-progress, has a working title: Never Too Late.
Favorite Book:  Usually the one I’m reading. As long as I care about the characters or am learning from the content I usually have a favorite book du jour.
Biggest Challenge:  Getting the word out about my latest book, blog, or venture.
Contact Information:  Website:  writeradvice.com; Blog:  B. Lynn Goodwin; Facebook:  B. L. Goodwin; Twitter: @Lgood67334


Mary Rowen

Mary RowenGenre:  Women’s Fiction
BooksLeaving the Beach, Living by Ear, another to be published some time in 2016 (fingers crossed)
Favorite Book:  One? That might be impossible. But if John Irving wrote it, it’s probably on my list.
Biggest Challenge:  Like almost everyone else: marketing.
Contact Information:  Website:  maryrowen.com; Facebook:  Mary Rowen Author; Twitter:  @maryjrowen


Thomas Whaley

Thomas WhaleyGenre:  Literary Fiction
BookLeaving Montana
Favorite BookThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
Biggest Challenge:  Marketing – especially if writing is not your full-time job.
Contact Information:   Website: thomaswhaley.com, Goodreads Author Page; Twitter @AuthorTomWhaley


Dorinda Balchin

Dorinda BalchinGenre:  Historical Fiction
BooksHeronfield; The Guardians
Favorite BookSophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
Biggest Challenge:  Marketing.  I know that there are many readers out there who would love my work but as an indie author it is much harder to reach them without the resources and contacts of a traditional publisher.
Contact Information:  Author website:  dorindabalchin.com; Twitter:  @DorindaBalchin; Email: dorinda@dorindabalchin.com


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Who’s That Indie Author? Thomas Whaley

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Thomas Whaley

Author name:  Thomas Whaley

Genre:  Literary Fiction

BookLeaving Montana

Leaving Montana

Bio: Thomas Whaley was born in 1972 and has lived on Long Island his entire life. He is an elementary school teacher and has always enjoyed writing as a pastime. Thomas currently lives in Shoreham, New York with his husband Carl, their two sons Andrew and Luke, and loyal dog Jake.

LEAVING MONTANA is Thomas Whaley’s first novel and also the WINNER of the 2015 ERIC HOFFER Small Press Award, the 2015 INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD for Best New Literary Fiction, the 2015 INDEPENDENT AUTHOR NETWORK AWARD for Outstanding First Novel and THIRD PLACE in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award! Thomas recently won the 2014 NYS 2nd Grade Teacher of the Year Award and was featured on NPR’s 50 Great Teachers on All Things Considered!

Favorite thing about being a writer: I really enjoy meeting new people!  Since Leaving Montana’s debut in July of 2014, I had the pleasure of communicating with so many readers and meeting amazing people at book events and book clubs.  Now that Leaving Montana has been rereleased, I am getting to experience this all over again.  There’s nothing more exciting than having someone you never met before tell you that they appreciate your work and can’t wait for more.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing is one of the biggest challenges for an indie author – especially if writing is not your full-time job.  I am also an elementary school teacher and father of two active eight-year-old boys.  Getting Leaving Montana noticed can be difficult.  Although book events make it easier, they are temporary.  It takes time to gain a following, especially if Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook reading clubs/groups and blogs are one of your main avenues of marketing.  You really have to schedule the time to get the word out!

Favorite book: My favorite book is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz.  It is one of those books that you keep close by and reference when certain life experiences challenge your happy place.  I have referred it to so many people over the years and it has helped so many stay focused on being the best they can be.

Contact Information: You can find Tom at his website, thomaswhaley.com, on his Goodreads Author Page  and on Twitter @AuthorTomWhaley.


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Who’s That Indie Author? Uvi Poznansky

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Uvi Poznansky

Author name: Uvi Poznansky

Genre: Romance, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Horror, Children’s Books

Books:

Apart from Love  The Music of Us     My Own Voice        The White Piano

Literary Fiction:

My Own Voice
The White Piano
Apart From Love 

Romance:
The Music of Us 

Historical Fiction:
The David Chronicles

Rise to Power
A Peek at Bathsheba
The Edge of Revolt 

Biblical Fiction:
A Favorite Son

Poetry:
Home

Horror:
Twisted

Children’s books:
Now I Am Paper
Jess and Wiggle

Bio: Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” She received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Uvi brings her professional experience as well as her artistic background into her storytelling, grounding the drama with her sensual writing.

Favorite thing about being a writer: I love breathing life into my characters, and sensing the moment they become real, taking over the story and infusing it with their own histories and perspective.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: The biggest challenge is balancing my time between the creative act of writing and the creative act of reaching out to readers and listeners. I find it thrilling to see my characters, who have leapt out of my mind onto the paper, come to life by leaping from the paper into the minds of readers around the world, so I do everything in my power to share my stories with you.

Favorite book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Contact Information:

Blog: http://uviart.blogspot.com
Art Site: http://www.facebook.com/uviart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UviPoznansky
Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101110004348406687446/
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Uvi-Poznansky/e/B006WW4ZFG/
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5758946.Uvi_Poznansky
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/uviart/


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