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I was listening to a radio interview this morning with comedian and self-appointed “TV Geek” Paul Goebel. He was pointing out the number of new shows this year centered on time travel as the driving device. He spoke of there being three, but a quick internet search also uncovered this article by Elizabeth Logan in Glamour magazine, which names several more. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Time After Time, Frequency and Making History, among them.
This got me thinking, is it time that the public had another look at my novel, “In Due Time?” Maybe in 2010, it was simply ahead of its time. Like many small market books, “In Due Time” didn’t quite capture a large audience. Reviews were mostly positive and many of them came from outside my family [grin], nonetheless, it did have its detractors.
On Amazon, reviews were almost all four or five stars, but naturally there was that single one star review. Once I get past the sputtering, “What! But… but… but…” I become amused and wonder what is behind the person’s viewpoint. So I will look into the other reviews this person has written to determine his preferences. In this case, I determined that he was looking for a shoot-em-up revenge type of book with a high body count. He was disappointed and didn’t stick it out long enough to see the rivers of blood he was seeking. If I ever meet him, I will gladly hand him three bucks to compensate him for the Kindle edition he purchased.
Likewise, Goodreads has mostly positive reviews, but there are a few complaints of it being too “pro-America.” … Your honor, I plead guilty and throw myself on the mercy of the court. Some of these same folks accuse it of being “anti-European.” That I will mount a defense against. Frankly, this book could have been written from the perspective of many European countries. I just happen to be American, so that was my easiest perspective to adopt. It, however; is not a glowing endorsement of the European Union or any global consolidation, for that matter. So for those who believe that the EU is the greatest construct known to history and should be emulated the world over, that would likely be their interpretation. To others who simply hate America, this is also the likely reaction.
There also has been the critique that the women were too idealized. I’m not sure how fair that assessment is, as there are females in the book for whom the pedestal is set pretty doggoned low. Notable examples being a promiscuous fifteen-year-old home wrecker and an abused woman who refuses upset her “ideal world” by walking out on the man who treats her – and their son – like a doormat or worse.
It is true, though, that none of the “leading ladies” of the book fall into the category of: drug addicted, gender confused street urchin who dabbles in prostitution to survive. My apologies. I will try harder next time. The truth is, some of these people were living something of an idealized existence for part of the book – although, I hope I managed to make that entertaining and character building, nonetheless. This is the kind of life most of us would construct for ourselves and friends if we had a time machine we could use to go back and set the stage.
Of course, the point being, this does not last and hits a pivot point that redefines the world of its characters. That’s where it becomes interesting and Joshua Lance (our hero) realizes just how much more complicated his life is than he once believed and it goes from there.
I digress, but it is interesting to look back on a project that is done and released, once it is no longer your main focus. Since “In Due Time” I have crossed over to writing more history with the release of “The Boys of Diamond Hill,” but I still write fiction also, mostly short stories. I do have another novel that is on my radar for the near future, and plan to get back to that soon.
Back to the main point of this piece, do you think that “In Due Time” should see a revival? If yes, how should that take place?
Tweet Recently the site, http://seriousreading.com, reviewed “In Due Time” and conducted an interview with me about my writing. You can access these by clicking on the links provided here: Review of “In Due Time” Interview
Tweet I will be appearing at the Bennett Place this weekend for their annual “Authors of NC” weekend, August 11 & 12. I am scheduled to speak at 12:00 noon on Saturday in the main theater there. Come on out … Continue reading
Tweet I hope that all my South Carolina and Georgia people will come out to see me at the Anderson Visitors and Arts Center at 110 Federal Street in beautiful Anderson, South Carolina on June 9. I will be there … Continue reading
Tweet Thanks to you, the results of the free Kindle promotion for “In Due Time” was a great success. It hit #3 on the Science Fiction Adventure list, #5 on the overall Science Fiction list and #230 in the Kindle … Continue reading
Tweet Well, after a small slide yesterday back to number 5 “In Due Time” opens the final day of the promotion at #3 in the Science Fiction – Adventure category. Let’s see if we can capture the top spot in … Continue reading
Tweet “In Due Time” slipped a bit today, but is hanging in there are #5 on the SciFi – Adventure list on Amazon. With only one more day to go, I need you all to remind your friends that they … Continue reading
Tweet I have corrected the previous entries, but I had been misreporting the end of the promotion as the 29th. That was in error. The free Kindle promotion for “In Due Time” ends tomorrow, April 28th. So hurry and get … Continue reading
Tweet I figured that upon checking this morning that the standings would have slipped some overnight, but I was wrong. Not only at the beginning of day 2 of the free Kindle promotion for “In Due Time” has it held, … Continue reading