Perhaps I spent too many years reading books and writing critical essays during my university years. Dead authors don’t care about my critiques and I explored, with honest intentions, how the characters dealt with their relationships and how they interpreted the events in their novel world. I loved digging in between the lines of my favourites like Heinrich Böll, Robert Musil or the short stories of Gabriele Wohmann. But I digress.
Writing a book and getting it traditionally published, in today’s competitive world, is a miracle. It’s a success story, no matter what a niggly reviewer might say.
If I ever come across too harshly in a review, I want to apologize in advance. Never take what I say too seriously . . . and never take it personally. I like being the devil’s advocate. I like controversy. I like a conversation. I don’t like cheerleading.
That said, Rah, Rah, Rah. Canadian writers amaze me with their fascinating stories. Never stop! We're a small community here in Canada and we need all the support we can get.
Like Thumper said in the Bambi movie: If you don't have somthin' nice to say, don't say nuthin' at all.
Ah, so much for the energy of controversy.