Sunday, October 29, 2006

Watching the Tree Limbs, A Review



Mary DeMuth's first published novel is about Mara, a young girl whose life is a mass of secrets in a small Texas town that is beset with its own deceptions and corruption. Who are Mara's parents? The birth certificate she finds shows that her name is actually Maranatha, but it doesn't answer any of her other questions.
One of the first things that happens to Mara when she moves to Burl, Texas, is perhaps the worst thing that could happen to a child. But that terrible thing doesn't happen anymore after the first 33 pages (just in case you're too afraid to keep reading). It's painful, but so true and real and prevalent today that we all need to be more aware of child molestation, the signs and ways to prevent it. And this book treats it realistically and appropriately.
But you will thoroughly enjoy the rest of this Southern fiction masterpiece. Mary DeMuth is a talented writer who paints vivid pictures and skillfully draws you in with her quirky characters.
There are several mysteries Mara tries to solve, in her little girl way, and she wonders why God seems so far away. Who can't identify with that? But He IS there, and you will enjoy the ways He begins to show up in Mara's life and in the life of the town, bringing justice to the evil people and mercy to Mara.
The ending is great, and I hear the next book in the series is even better. It's called Wishing on Dandelions and I can't wait to read it. I highly recommend Watching the Tree Limbs. It's well worth your time.
Tune in for my next blog post when I reveal the book I think is the all-time greatest modern contemporary book. (Was that redundant? But you know what I mean.)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Hope Springs Eternal

There are two things a writer can (usually) count on: Hope and Rejection. When you stop hoping, you stop writing, and when you stop getting rejections, it means you've stopped submitting your work and stopped letting other people read it. Neither one is good.

So here I am, letting hope spring eternal. And here I wait for the rejections to come in, because come they will. It's part of being a writer, and part of submitting your work. But isn't it that way with anything creative that you do? Someone will not like it. It will be rejected, and people will not always be nice about it. But I have a pretty thick skin now. I've lived long enough to earn that thick skin.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Had a wonderful conference

Conference was wonderful. The singing was awesome. Such awesome songs, such awesome musicians and singers, such great company with whom to worship the most creative Creator.

Greatest of all was being with my friends and fellow critiquers. I wish we lived closer, but at least we have email. I love you guys!

I finally finished Susan Downs's and Susan May Warren's four-book series, The Heirs of Anton. Set in Russia, it was truly great fun to read how the whole story unfolded. Some great plot ideas. So if you like romantic suspense and historicals, you will enjoy this series.

I came home from the conference with NINE new books! Wow, I have a lot of reading to do. But first I have to finish revising my book and send it off to the publishers who asked to see it. Can't wait. I hope they like it! I guess maybe actors go through the same thing when they audition for a part, except they're saying, "I hope they like me!" Wow, the rejection possibilities are overwhelming. But at least we know God always loves us. He will never reject us or forsake us.