Thursday, November 08, 2012

Insecure Writers Support Group and Brinda Berry - what's the connection?

I know I'm late, like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (for a very important date). Wednesday's the day for Alex Cavanaugh's highly successful IWSG (here). But I reckon somewhere in the world (like Tonga????) it's still Wednesday so I'm off the hook.

Right, all you lovely sympathetic people, here I go.

I'm an avid reader and, as long as it's well written, I'll read anything. I devour books. So, if any of you bloggers out there are ever stuck for a blog-post, just write some reading recommendations and I'll follow you for life. 

So what's my problem? Well, when I love a book I have a rather nasty tendency to think:  Why can't I write like that?

There. Envy, jealousy. Call it what you will. That's my problem today. 

And you might've heard my shriek a week or so ago when I finished a book I loved. I'm not usually a fan of YA fiction, but I'd heard of the ever-increasing fan club that Brinda Berry is accumulating and I thought I'd try one of her books: The Waiting Booth.  Well done, Brinda! I'm madly jealous of your writing. Here's my review


What's a feisty, 17 year-old girl supposed to do when two strangers turn up in her backyard and she finds out that she's one of the few people who can save mankind? She might hesitate a moment, especially when the two are from a different dimension and not entirely human (but not far off). But when they tell her that they may be able to help her discover if her beloved brother, who's been missing for some years, is still alive, then she's their girl.

I'm not usually a YA reader but having heard of the large following that Brinda Berry is gaining and her reputation for fine writing, I jumped in. The Waiting Booth does not disappoint. Mia, the main character, has a terrific voice just right for the courageous "take no prisoners" girl and I was spurring her on all the way through the perfectly paced plot that is fun and nail-bitingly suspenseful. Courage, loyalty, the blooming of young love and rites of passage are interweaved in an ingenious tale. The Waiting Booth is the first in what I'm sure will prove to be a successful series.


Brinda's here
Buy The Waiting Booth on Amazon here

16 comments:

  1. Brinda is an awesome writer, but so are you!
    And I'm sure it's Wednesday somewhere...

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  2. Yes, I've read novels that made me crazy with jealousy because of their author's mad writing skills. Maggie Stiefvater and Hilary Mantel are a couple of authors who do that to me.

    I don't read much YA anymore either, but I do love a feisty protagonist.

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  3. Some authors are at the top of their game, most of them are exactly like you - writing, rewriting, having doubts. I don't think success changes that. And even your favourite writers probably have books that you don't like as much as the others.

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  4. Oh, this happens to me all the time. I read a book and think, wow, I should probably do something else other than writing. But then I say to myself, this author didn't get it right the first time around and most likely went through a lot revisions and editing. Thanks for sharing your review on the Waiting Booth, looks like something I'd enjoy reading! (:

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  5. Thanks everyone :-) Maybe Brinda will come along and tell us if she ever has doubts...

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  6. I think we all feel like that at times. There are some books that I love and think, "Why didn't I come up with that idea?"
    What a great review for Brinda!

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  7. The Waiting Booth sounds like a great read! It's natural to feel that way about other writers, especially when they tread on familiar territory. I'm so glad to have met you through the IWSG! Julie

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  8. I am jealous of other writers as well. I always wonder why my mind does not work quite like theirs. But I guess it is all part of the writing process. I am sure other writers are jealous of your work as well and envy you too.

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  9. Cor! I can't imagine anyone envying me! :-)

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  10. I get more jealous I think of writers that crank good work out quickly and consistantly. I get so frustrated that it seems to take me forever to finish anything:)

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  11. I feel like that, too, when I read a good book. There are so many people who really know how to use words . . .

    Great review!

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  12. Awesome! How great for Brinda! Even tho we may feel a tinge of envy, the good writing is soaking into our subconscious. So it's a really good thing!!!

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  13. OH MY GOSH!!! This is such a nice post. I am so sorry I've been absent. I hosted my niece's outdoor wedding on Saturday and I've literally been struggling to catch up. I stayed offline while we decorated, cooked, and rehearsed. We had over 150 guests.

    I am humbled by such a great review. Every time I finish a good book, I compare myself and wonder if I'll ever be as good as another writer.

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  14. Very true GEB. I really hope it is soaking in, Pk! No problem Brinda - I hope the wedding went well. And you compare yourself to other writers? - Cor...

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  15. I feel like that too, when I read a good book, or when my cp sends me something. It' hard not to compare.

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