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Blank Canvas Paperback – May 10, 2013
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About the Author
I started writing many years ago and over the years I’ve improved (thankfully) and grown in ability and confidence. I started with a simple idea, a simple wish; to be published. That was of course in a traditional and stereotypical way, you know; big book publishers, huge checks, and a dedicated agent who worked tirelessly to get me the most exposure, and perhaps an assistant to bring me tea? That’s all good of course, but if that is all that’s focused on then I’d never get anything done, instead I’d be staring out of the window, spending the money and answering fan mail in my head. In time I discovered it wasn’t the book deal I wanted so much as to be able to work as a writer and make enough; just enough would do. I was happy working on the book, script or project that was sitting in front of me rather than spending the imaginary cash and though it didn’t pay it did make me feel more like me. It’s writing that is important, and so when my first novel was rejected by agents but was complemented by test readers I decided to just go for it. I came to self publishing, happy to know my work was getting out there and that perhaps someone else would get some enjoyment from the many hours I spent tapping away, converting ideas and dreams into the reality of words on pages and pages into books. So far I’ve worked on first person narratives and have enjoyed the depth and insight it brings in singular characters and their perspectives on the world around them, as well the people that populate it. I aim to work hard, improve my work, and grow in ability through the years, increasing my output and diversifying through genre and complexity. I am a late thirties man, living in Britain with my wife and seven incredible children. They all keep me very busy, as does my construction based job, but the dream, of course, is be to a full time writer. It’s a dream I’m working towards and I get closer to it every year.
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Well, I'll start with a little criticism just so you know I'm being honest. If this book wasn't self-published, I imagine a publishing firm's copy editor and proof reader would have made a number of changes (corrected a few typos, shortened a few sentences, corrected the odd grammatical error here and there, etc.). In fact, yes, I'm cheating here again; I know this because I've worked in publishing; this is absolutely what would have happened. In fact I've done copy editing and proof reading so ... yes, there are a few bits and bobs I would have changed, but nothing that would spoil your enjoyment of the book.
I think that's often part and parcel of self publishing though, and this certainly doesn't contain the kind of howlers that might put you off.
There. Now I've done the criticism, will you trust what I have to say now?
Because the book is good. It's not a spoiler to tell you it's about someone having to spend a long time in isolation (it's not a spoiler because it's on the cover). There have been books about that before, but this is an interesting take on it, and it's original.
Not only that, but it's funny, too. Funny, but sympathetic to its characters.
It's also set in the future, which for the most part I found a believable future. In fact, I found parts of it not dissimilar to Jeanette Winterson's vision of the future, The Stone Gods, and if that isn't a ringing endorsement I don't know what is!
I found the protagonist fascinating too; her art, her life, and her highly analytical voice. She's a unique heroine.
If there's one last thing I'd like to say to recommend this, it is that I've been struggling reading novels of late, and I didn't struggle with this one.
It's a thought provoking study of loneliness punctuated with art, love, memory & sex.
REALLY enjoyed the book to the point am now eager for his next one.
My one criticism would be the typo's & (selflessly!) happy to proof read the next one prior to publication if it helps.