As a budding novelist you sit for hours at your pc creating your story.
Your find yourself getting emotionally involved with all your characters, so much so that you can play out the whole story in your mind, but to get it across in words is a different matter. You laugh to yourself at the funny situations that you have created and you cry at the sad ones.
Anyone looking over your shoulder would sometimes probably wonder what planet your were on and after all, you are only sat in from of a screen. Then you read back and wonder it you have in the slightest way portrayed your emotions through to the reader, even just one person.
Finally your novel is published, but in the meanwhile you have read some fantastically crafted books, which flow with descriptions of wonderful landscapes and in-depth characters. You know you will never be that style of writer, but then again you have also read more light-hearted novels that you have similarly enjoyed. So just maybe someone will enjoy your creation.
A few close friends would probable give you some biased feedback, so you do take that with a pinch of salt and await your first real review. Mine happened today and I have to admit that it brought a lump to my throat, as one of my first readers really seemed to enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
So a final plea to readers of any novels, please give some feedback to the author. Most of us are filled with self doubt, but a little encouragement goes a very long way.
If you do review any book, please make sure there are no plot spoilers in your review.
Many thanks to Lorna for this review, which I will probably frame, how sad am I. LOL
I was happy to spend a few euros to upload this book to my kindle as I saw it as a novelty but didn’t have high hopes of a literary masterpiece – and a lot of those are free for kindle anyway! I live in France and expected a very light superficial read and was planning to read it a little at a time whilst reading Nicholas Nickleby.
Well, I have to say I was in for a surprise. It wasn’t long before I was so absorbed in Vantastic France that Dickens had to wait until I’d finished it. There are a lot of light hearted fun moments in the book but it is also a very honest and real narrative about what living in France is really like for English ex pats (of which I am one, in Brittany, where the story is set) and for the Breton people who have to put up with us!
Vantastic France, is, however, much more than the above. It is also a very moving story properly constructed, which deals with issues such as loyalty, snobbery, family secrets and difficulties in second-time-round relationships and step parenting.
Go Steve go and right that sequel! Also please think about releasing Vantastic France in paperback as I would buy it as a gift for friends and family who don’t have an eBook reader. This is not just a book for ex pats living in France, it is a heart warming story about real people that leaves the reader wanting more.