November went so well that I decided to extend the Author appreciation features into December...
The Holiday season is a great time to express how thankful you are for the big and small things in your life. For me, I have a wonderful family and so many blessings... One of which is being able to read books! Now there are many things that contribute to that blessing, but the main contributors are the Authors that write the stories I get lost in. I wanted to show my appreciation for their time and effort, so I decided to feature a favorite Author of mine each week in November & December. The seventh featured Author is Bryn Greenwood. I came across her book, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and quickly became addicted. The premise was a tad taboo, but GOSH! it's my favorite of 2016. I found it to be heart breaking and beautiful all at the same time. You MUST check it out -http://amzn.to/2eX2M9b -& yes, that's me being bossy ;)
MEET THE AUTHOR OF THE WEEK:
BRYN GREENWOOD is a fourth-generation Kansan and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She is the author of the novels All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Last Will, and Lie Lay Lain. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT HER PAGES HERE: TWITTER: @bryngreenwood INSTAGRAM: @bryngreenwood WEBSITE: www.bryngreenwood.com, FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/bryngreenwoodwriter/ Bryn Greenwood was kind enough to indulge us with some interview answers & you won't want to miss the last one. *** A work in progress and there may be a mermaid involved! <- I'm sold already! Interview Question #1: What is your favorite Winter tradition? BG: Staying inside underneath a pile of blankets with my dogs. Interview Question #2: If you had to describe your writing using just one sentence... What would you say? BG: writing is very spare, but full of intense emotion. Interview Question #3: Are you thankful for any one person that inspired you to write? BG: My grandfather, who read voraciously and never questioned that writing was a valid way to spend my time. Interview Question #4: If you could only read two books for the rest of your life... Which two would you choose? BG: Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now and William Goldman's The Princess Bride. Interview Question #5: What book are you most thankful for? BG: The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin Last, but not least ... Interview Question #6: Are you working on any upcoming releases? BG: I'm working on several things, none of which have a release date. One is a young adult novel about surveillance cameras and secrets. The other is adult fiction about a set of triplets, a baseball player, and a mermaid. That concludes the interview... Now let's get a glimpse from my review. "Readers are either going to hate this one or love it... For me, it was a book that instantly captured my attention and held me captive through the final page. I can't remember the last time I was so eager to indulge in words. There was something about the underlying taboo and the emotional turmoil on the surface that helped me look past the age difference and realize that Wavy was forced to grow up faster than normal and it wasn't because of Kellen. She was verbally abused by her mother, was forced to care for her little brother, and was in the company of drugs, sex, and alcohol. The only constant in her life was Kellen. He protected her, paid for her education, and in a some weird way.. was *the normal* part of her life. Their relationship started as guardian/child, but then as time progressed so did the feelings and intimacy. It's not honorable to play off of a child's emotions and I want to think that Kellen tried his best to keep her at arms length. The problem was that Wavy felt alone and unwanted when Kellen pushed her away. Without him she had no one so he did what he did to keep her close. Yes, she was young and yes, it was very wrong... But in some twisted way, it was also very right. Wavy may have been young, but she was mature and knew what she wanted. Together they made their ugly lives into something wonderful." Check out the full review here... http://readerscandyy.blogspot.com/2016/08/all-ugly-and-wonderful-things-by-bryn.html To end this feature, I want to say THANK YOU to Bryn Greenwood for taking the time to participate in our fun appreciation event. I truly believe that each book is a work of art that deserves so much praise. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things may gravitate away from the norm, but it's a read you won't forget. Please check it out!