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"This work is an excellent sampling of Kim Wells' southern tinged magical style[...]that kind of short - the kick start your creative heart kinda story - the kind that energizes the mind and incites the create process, and I highly recommend, let Mrs. Johnson be your Muse" Daniel A. Smith, author of Hugh Howey Lives and Agroland.
About the Author
Kim wrote her first critically acclaimed (if you call her fourth grade teacher a critic, and she does) short story when she was 9 years old. It was about Christmas in a Cave, and it featured such topical, ground-breaking subjects as homelessness & cave dwelling. She's been writing ever since. The state of publication depends on who you ask.
She has a Ph.D. in Literature, with specialties in American Lit, Women Writers, Feminism, Sci-Fi/Fantasy & Film Studies but please don't hold any of that against her. She teaches academic writing and how to read literature at a university in her hometown and tries to convince college students that it really is cool to like poetry.
She lives in the South, has twin children (one girl, one boy) and a husband who is the model for all her best romantic heroes. She also has two cats-- one black and sassy, one stripey and fat, and also kinda sassy.
Her first novel, Mariposa, came out in December, 2014. Many more stories are in the works.
This story is fine example of what can be done with a small canvas and the blossom of an idea - just who was Robert Johnson's muse. Though the story is short, there are no wasted lines, the pace is quick, the language conversational. This work is an excellent sampling of Kim Wells's southern tinged magical style. Within a few short pages, Kim Wells introduces an entire mythos that leaves the reader wanting for more tales of the Summer Queen. I read this story over my morning coffee with Robert Johnson strumming on the stereo and took pause to let my mind wander with the imagery Kim gave me. This is that kind of short - the kick start your creative heart kinda story - the kind that energizes the mind and incites the create process, and I highly recommend, let Mrs. Johnson be your Muse.
With her short story “Mrs. Johnson’s Blues,” Kim Wells has crafted a nifty bit of literary alchemy by examining a familiar and timeworn yarn through fresh eyes. The informal, conversational style invites an immediate rapport between reader and narrator as she serves up a tale of slow-cooked bluesy Americana complete with a sweating mason jar of southern mythology to wash it all down. Compelling, evocative, and beautifully strange, this is a quick read that will have you thinking well after the conclusion. Kudos, Kim Wells! I look forward to reading your novel “Mariposa," which I've already purchased.
Deals with the Devil with a little Southern charm. You'll read this and can imagine the words being spoken by an old, smokey Cajun who makes a living playing various night clubs on Bourbon Street in NOLA. It's so smooth and just wonderful. I'm going to go listen to some jazz now, maybe have a hurricane and a muffuletta.
I hate to classify this story because it has a broad audience, but I am compelled to acknowledge the author's talent and skill. Don't let the word's "southern" or "literature" scare you off if you generally avoid either--this is a tale that could also be told fireside on a dark night in a cabin in the woods. I love how Wells took a classic tale and not only expounded and made it into something new, but made it contemporary. I'd love for Eric Clapton or Jeremy Spencer to read this and comment. My guess is that it would inspire a song or two.
It is an easy, quick read that draws you in immediately, and keeps your attention, with its familiar literary character references and the look into the main character's exploits, leaving you to ponder her impact on creative souls throughout time. I really enjoyed the writing style and the way quotes were woven throughout to add just the right tone. I find myself wanting to know more about the characters that we were introduced to, further exanding upon the details of their stories, and hoping for a sequel.
Kim Wells has such a unique and captivating voice you can't help but fall in love with everything she writes. The rhythm of her prose in this short, sweet and evocative story matches the music she's trying to evoke, what an enjoyable read!
I want to like this character very much. There is a desperate beauty to the words in this short story. The character is evil and ugly and beautiful all at the same time. The prose is beautifully written and speaks to your soul. I highly recommend this novella.