Here are a few excerpts from the reviews I’ve received on Amazon:
By Rebecca Buck on November 6, 2016
You can feel the passion he put into his characters. Realistic life issues are in this book
By Gail on November 6, 2016
Written well and characters are written great, love the interesting details
By Victoria on November 5, 2016
The characters are well thought out, developed and believable
By T. Harris on November 3, 2016
Mia and Westley's banter was comical and fun. Then hearing about Annabelle's was gut wrenching
By Beth .on November 2, 2016
I absolutely loved this book. Everyone needs to read it. I loved the characters and everything about it
By Cathy B. on November 2, 2016
The characters mesh well and the story flows seamlessly
By Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog on October 31, 2016
The heroine was realistic and very loveable. Wesley…whew, his vulnerable persona made me want to jump through the pages and give him a big hug
You can read all of the wonderful reviews I’ve received from both bloggers and individuals who purchased the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXZOKD1 , but beyond the great feeling of getting such praise for a debut novel (which many people said they couldn’t tell was a debut – compliment 2!), I noticed a commonality in all of the reviews about character. Writing a steamy sex scene is great, and certainly has its purpose, but without the glue of a story and characters that readers care about, the whole piece would fall very flat. So as I read over my most recent reviews I thought a post about characterization might be appropriate, and I can let you all into my process of building believable characters that readers actually care about.
So I’m sure all of you reading the book are reading for Wesley, but for me it began and ended with Mia – she’s my story. Mia was easy enough to conceptualize because I knew women like her; I worked with them every day, and I saw their sacrifices firsthand (see my other post “Why Mia Does What She Does” for more on my experience with special needs children). It all started with the section on page 2 where I described her hellish week on the way to the Drip: tantrums, getting bitten (which really happened to me my first year working), and struggling to get kids to sit in one place for more than five seconds without all hell breaking loose. Once I had her job and what she cared about, I needed to set up her meeting of Wesley, and for that I needed her to have a friend. Enter Dacia – my main character in book 2 (don’t worry, I’m writing that also!). Dacia’s the wild one; the crazy friend to balance out Mia’s stability, but I wanted her to ultimately be responsible to putting Mia in the setting that she’d meet Wesley in. Enter Wesley…
I knew that he needed to be mysterious, but that the mystery would ultimately reveal the depth of his character, and the reasons why such a hot guy didn’t have a girlfriend already. If anyone’s reading this who hasn’t read the book, I won’t elaborate on the plot here (but seriously, stop reading this and get your copy of the book now.
Now my focus is on my girl, Dacia. I have a few posts coming about her, but now I’m writing in her voice, from her perspective, and I love her character as much as any I wrote in Impressions of You, and now it’s time to give Dacia her due. . . time to go write.