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But not for long. Having begun the book without reading the blurb and without really registering what the cover image hints at, I'd taken "Jenna Crane" for a real person – that is, for a character on the same level of reality as Ellis. After a moment of wondering what was going on, I realized that Jenna is a character in a book Ellis is writing. She's real, in the sense that any good character is real to that character's author. As a writer myself, I know how real that is. My own characters sometimes argue with me, after all. Often they win the arguments. An author is, by definition, someone with a creative imagination.
Now that I've given that much away, I won't tell any more of Ellis's secrets – or any more of Lynette Sofras's. I'll only say this is a very, very good story, very well told, one I couldn't put down once I'd begun it. I recommend it highly!
A woman unafraid to take on challenges of the written word, Lynette Sofras has entered that realm where too few authors dare - writing about the mind of an author and the process of creating characters and dealing with the metamorphoses they manifest. It is even more of a challenge for a female author to enter the mind of a male author as her primary character, but that is exactly what she has one with this compelling novel. As Sofras distills the notion, `The murder is fictional but the dark journey into a writer's mind is real. When an egotistical novelist meets his ideal woman, he agrees to kill off his popular heroine. Isolated and haunted by painful memories of a previous love, he battles the growing darkness in his soul when a secret is exposed, changing everything he once knew.'
A bit more detail of the plot follows: `This is not a story about a murder, but a dark journey inside a writer's mind. Ellis Crawford, creator of the famous and highly successful Jenna Crane mystery series, finds his comfortable life swept away when he meets Emily Madison, his perfect woman. Despite his deepening love for Emily, Ellis finds himself haunted by painful memories of a previous love whose heart he broke, and begins to regret his past behaviour. On top of that, Emily wants him to kill off his beloved heroine Jenna Crane - against fierce public opinion. But life is too short for regrets and when his own rapidly spirals out of control, taking his reputation as an author with it, where will Ellis turn for help?'
How does this odd discourse and adventure between and author and a created character work? The following brief excerpt explains: `Jenna Crane, the fearless and feisty female detective of the Jenna Crane Mystery Series had a far bigger following than he, the humble author, had. She was the star of several films, so that must make her real instead of some virtual ventriloquist's dummy who only spoke the words he placed in her mouth. Over the years he'd allowed himself to lapse into juvenile madness and talk to her, usually when stuck on a scene. He treated her with the respect that was her due. But she wasn't a cutesy doll; she was a tough cookie who handled everything he threw at her.' Now, add to that the real life love story between the author and a real woman and you have a crafty, scintillating, beautifully constructed bizarre tale. Hats off to Lynette Sofras! Grady Harp, October 14
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