I love the creativity I'm able to express through my writing. It's like nothing else in this world. I can use this wonderful outlet whether I'm happy, sad, or somewhere in between. I can tap into the very depths of my being when I write.
I have one child left living with me out of my original five. He is a great kid and very supportive of my writing. I've been through a lot in my life, including a twenty year marriage. Now I've found a terrific guy who I imagine spending the rest of my days with. He's definitely a keeper!
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Smashwords book reviews by Julie Achterhoff
- O N C E-----Ask me anything, not Love
on Aug. 22, 2010
This book is aptly titled because the protagonist in it knows nothing of love, which becomes his downfall. He believes he can live a life without a female companion, as well as a female in the books he writes. He is a famous author who unwittingly falls in love. Somehow he doesn't realize he has found true love until it is too late. The woman of his dreams instead becomes the center of a book he writes with her as the protagonist. He gets so caught up in the excitement of this that he ignores the highly personal nature of his find. Of course she has also fallen in love with him, but finds that he is so out of it that he doesn't realize he has the same feelings for her. This is the only problem I had with this story. I didn't quite understand how he didn't know what he was feeling in his heart. I expect it was because it hit him with such surprise, since he'd never felt this feeling of love before. There is a Christian slant to the book, but it is positive and subtle. I think this would be a good read for anyone who likes to realize that we don't know what we've got till it's gone. There is a strong message of this here.
Author of Quantum Earth and Deadly Lucidity
on Sep. 20, 2010
This was a genuinely suspenseful story. It also had a few nice scary surprises in it. That I liked. It was well-written in a creepy sort of way. I think if you like suspense and some horror in a short form you'll definitely like this.
- Victim of Shame: Why me, God?
on Nov. 06, 2010
First of all, this is a phenomenal book. I believe it has the ability to open the eyes of people in a big way. Ryan Campbell is the protagonist, whose life is changed in an instant. He loses the love of his life because of this. How he reacts to his misfortune drives the book forward. Mian has a gift at looking at the world in a very special and truthful way. He has created characters who absolutely come to life on the page. The storyline is unique and highly interesting, as well. There is a sense of tension that culminates in Ryan making the biggest mistake of his life. He then does his utmost to rectify his mistake by becoming a champion for women, especially those who have been mistreated in some way, even though, because of his past experience, he has come to hate women.
Mian’s style of writing is really beautiful. He is able to balance dialogue, story, and background with style and grace. One has the feeling that they are caught up in the story from the very beginning. This book also teaches the reader about the ideation of the Christian and Muslim faiths without being preachy. I learned many things about Muslims that I didn’t know before, such as their appreciation and respect for all other religions. I think this would be a good book for anyone who enjoys a solid good book. I will be giving it five stars on amazon and goodreads, as well as any other place that takes book reviews.