Writers take time to read – it’s kind of a prerequisite for creativity and a good holiday habit! By asking a few authors about their “work” and their summer reading, they answered. More of their comments will be published in the August 28 column.
“My summer reads always include books that I’ve kept at the top of my ‘to read’ list but haven’t had time to crack yet,” she said. “The novel ‘Sorrow and Bliss’ by former Times of London writer Meg Mason was worth the wait. Deeply moving, it’s a dark and funny story about the impact of mental health issues on relationships, especially marriage. Martha and Patrick will miss you as soon as you turn the last page.
Family counselor and author of a previous domestic thriller (“The Dangers of an Ordinary Night”), Griffin adds, “I hope readers will feel the same way about the characters in my upcoming novel, ‘Dark Rivers to Cross. ”, due release in November.
“Set deep in the woods of Maine, it offers readers unconscious sisterly bonds, hidden loyalties, and a turbulent story about a mother willing to put her life on the line to protect her family. The novel sensitively explores hereditary trauma, adoption and whether parents ever have the right to hide painful origin stories from their children.
New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 33 books for adults and children, including ‘Above & Beyond’, ‘So Close to Home’, The Finest Hours, ‘King Philip’s War’ and ‘There’s a Porcupine in My Outhouse !” ” – changed genre for his summer reading.
“I generally read more non-fiction, especially biographies, than fiction, but the most recent book I read was a thriller, ‘Then She Was Gone,’ by Lisa Jewell.
“It was a well-crafted book with lots of twists,” he said. “It starts with a high school girl, Ellie, who disappears, then quickly jumps forward ten years and follows the life of her mother, Laurel, who is now divorced and not particularly close to her two remaining children. Laurel’s situation clears up dramatically when she meets a lovely man, Floyd, and strikes up a relationship.Then she’s introduced to Floyd’s daughter, Poppy, and it stuns her – because the nine-year-old looks remarkably like Floyd’s own missing daughter. Laurel.
“From this point on, the story takes a harrowing, winding path that has repeatedly surprised me – exactly what I’m looking for in a fictional story.”
Tougias also took a different turn with his writing.
“My most recent project is quite different from ‘Then She Was Gone’, and also different from my other 29 books, most of which are true adult survival stories. ‘No Will Set You Free’ has just been released under the form of an inspirational book designed to help us take back our most precious asset: our time. That means saying ‘no’ to distractions,” Tougias said.
“I realized over the years that I had come a long way to feel comfortable saying no to the many demands and demands on my time; I wanted to share what I learned with others. The book has short chapters, and I hoped the reader would read one chapter a day in the morning and then try to implement the techniques during the day.
He also worked on other writing projects.
“I wrote the book at the height of the pandemic when I had uninterrupted time and took the threat of COVID very seriously,” Tougias said. “During this time I also worked on my books for average readers which are part of my series with MacMillan Publishing called ‘The True Rescue Series’.”
COVID, however, disrupted his work, causing him to switch to summer reading.
• Author and editor Crystal Boateng will visit the Sturbridge Joshua Hyde Library at 11 a.m. on August 24. She will read excerpts from her books, including her first picture book, ‘Afia the Ashanti Princess: A Visit to Homeland’. Boateng was born and raised in Ghana and moved to Massachusetts at a young age. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and holds a law degree and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
She and her husband have three children, the inspiration for her books. Her first children’s picture book, “…A Visit to the Homeland”, was an Amazon bestseller in three different categories when it was released in December 2020. She is also the author of three other books published, including “Afia the Brave Swimmer: Seaside Adventures in Ghana”, “Saturday Morning Cuddles with Mommy” and a companion coloring/activity book.
She recently started a publishing company to help others become published authors.
• The current course Worcester Public Library author talks about the series resumes August 22 at 9 p.m. with Michele Harper, who wrote “The Beauty in Breaking.” She’s a New York Times best-selling author and emergency room physician — an experience that led to her memoir.
• “We Keep the Dead Close” by Betsy Cooper, subtitled: “A Murder at Harvard and a Half-Century of Silence”, is the subject of a meeting on August 18th. The 5 p.m. meeting will take place at Tidepool Bookshop, 372 Chandler St., Worcester.
• Worcester Public Library Virtual Book Clubs are running as follows:
1 p.m. Aug. 16, Science Fiction Book Club, “The Speed of Dark” by Elizabeth Moon.
On August 23 at 7 p.m., the Great American Read Club is reviewing “Le clan de l’ours des cavernes” by Jean Auel.
• Rachel’s Book Club at Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, meets at 12.30pm on August 20 to discuss the autobiography ‘Finding Me’ by actress Viola Davis.
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