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Sanders' Starfish (John Sanders Book 1) by [Allred, Tara C.]

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Sanders' Starfish is a gripping tale drawing the reader into the story from the opening lines as we stand at the mental residential facility door with Dr Sanders to confront facility patient Clarissa. Our knees smart when the cart is thrust into his. The reader is held fast from that initial contact with this tale's main character and does not subside until we find the conflict suitably resolved. Writing is good in this well written, fast paced tale based on a believable plot. Dialogue used on the pages of Sanders' Starfish effectively moves the story along. Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend. --Molly Martin

I love the message of this book and the title that fits it perfectly. Inspires me to be a better person and remember the impact we can have on a person. Allred does an amazing job developing her characters and pulling us into their lives. Great page turner!!!! I would love to read more from this author! --Dawn

This plot has some nice similarities to John Grisham's Rainmaker. It has an array of interesting twists which make it highly intriguing and interesting, while also being somewhat motivational and inspirational. Hope to see more of this author's work. It's a five star read! --Amazon Customer

From the Author

Sanders' Starfish was first published in 2003 by the small press Cedar Fort, Inc. Combined strengths and errors found in this text are a combination of the publishing house editors and myself, the author.

Years later, I was able to regain the rights back to this novel. Now, at the proper time, I have the option to make updates to Sanders' Starfish.

Thank you for reading my first novel. I hope you enjoy the read. If you see aspects or corrections that could help strengthen this story, please feel free to share them with me through my contacts tab at


When I was sixteen, I readthe following account in Dale Carnegie's best-selling book, How to Win Friends & Influence People: 

"Why do people go insane? I putthis question to the head physician of one of our most important psychiatrichospitals. The doctor who has received the highest honors and the most covetedawards for his knowledge on the subject, told me frankly that he didn't knowwhy people went insane. Nobody knew for sure. But he did say that many peoplewho go insane find in insanity a feeling of importance that they were unable toachieve in the world of reality. Then he told this story:"

Carnegie goes on to share the physician's storyof a woman whose tragic life brought her to his psychiatric hospital. In my novel, Sanders' Starfish, I  shape the character of Rebecca after this woman because Iwas so deeply troubled by the last words Carnegie shares about her inhis account: 

"Tragic? Oh, I don't know. Herphysician said to me: 'If I could stretch out my hand and restore her sanity, Iwouldn't do it. She's much happier as she is.'"

Those lines sparked the beginning sketch of Sanders' Starfish. At 16, I had a rough outline of Rebecca, Dr. Landersen, and Dr. John Sanders characters. For over the next ten years, I researched, listened, and learned whatever I could about this self-posed question "Is a person better off trying to escape reality than face the life they are given?"
Soon Rebecca's character became very symbolic to me as she represented an unwillingness to face her fears. Instead she looked at her dreams through the comforts and safety of a window. To reach her true dreams, courage was required. A step out into the unknown to face the uncertainties of life. This symbolism helped me in facing my own dreams. 

I was in my mid-twenties when Sanders' Starfish was published. It was my first novel, which like most authors' first novels, has many flaws and imperfections, yet it was an important first step for me.

Carnegie's book was first published in 1936, then later revised in 1981. I focused my research for Sanders' Starfish to take place in the 1990s due to a time of major shifts in health insurance coverage and private facilities. Since then much has changed in the mental health industry, and much continues to change. There are many good and bad stories about what occurs within this industry. It is a difficult field dealing with some very unfortunate and terrible illnesses. I am immensely thankful for all who invest so much in helping others to find strength to face the day and to seek hope for a better tomorrow.

Ten years after Sanders' Starfish was released, the rest of Rebecca and John's story was shared in the award-winning novel, Unauthored Letters.

Product details

  • File Size: 2514 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986421561
  • Publisher: Patella Publishing; 2 edition (December 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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