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I’ve been reading books ever since I figured out what the squiggly characters on the pages meant. My first memory from when I was around three or four is of a... book. Losing yourself in a story with fascinating characters is a wonderful experience.
I’ve been writing novels and short stories for a number of years and to indulge this habit I write technical manuals and training materials. In the past I’ve trained subjects as diverse as computer systems, presentation skills, personal efficiency and a few other things I’ve long since forgotten. I could probably do with some personal revision on the efficiency materials.
My novels range from contemporary drama to murder and mayhem with the occasional touch of romance thrown in for good measure.
My latest novel, Writing the Stars is a romantic comedy. Anna King suffers a crisis of confidence in her abilities to write horoscopes when her life takes some unexpected turns.
I blog about writing, publishing, inspiration and life in general at www.shaunabickley.com and I’m on Twitter and Pinterest, but I am one of the few people on the planet who hasn't yet succumbed to Facebook, suspecting that if I did my writing time would fade to minus minutes.
My novels include:
Writing the Stars - romantic comedy
Still Death - murder/mystery
Lies of the Dead - mystery/thriller
Lives Interrupted - contemporary drama
on Sep. 05, 2012 :
The way the author changes point of view between the characters is a strength of this book. The name of the character appears before each section so you know who is speaking and how their life intersects with the others in the story. Some of the characters don't know one another but they are still affected because someone they do know, knows someone else. The descriptions, emotions and reactions are well handled and there is no happy ever after ending. The victims of the London bombings are damaged both physically and emotionally; the characters not injured by the bombing are damaged in other ways. Slowly they learn to move on. Its a powerful story.
The ending was too abrupt for my liking but it left me thinking, so effective. I came to the conclusion that it could end no other way leaving everything up in the air for each character to take control of their lives as they so wished.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)
on Nov. 07, 2011 :
Wow. I just finished reading this after buying it last night - I was late to bed, and had to stop reading several times this morning to get dry hankies and a stiff coffee! This is a powerfully written story of seven lives intertwined, and the effect that the London Underground bombings had on them. It's a challenging feat to handle an ensemble cast like this, but the author presents each character's viewpoint in a clear and compelling way so that the threads are easy to follow from scene to scene. The book starts off in such an ordinary way, describing the normal ups and downs of the characters' lives, that the sudden explosions and shattering violence are even more dramatic. The descriptions are so real that I assume the author must have done some intensive research to depict the conditions so vividly. The long-term damage to the victims is sympathetically portrayed, and their reactions always have a ring of truth. I found the end just a little sudden, but then I'd been expecting more because of the page count, when the last couple of pages are taken up by a bonus short story. Can't complain about that! This book will live with me for a long time and I'm already looking forward to reading it again. Might just have to find a new box of tissues though!
(reviewed the day of purchase)