“Who says a nice girl can’t write a convincing psychopath? In The
Worst Thing, Nora Gaskin introduces Ape, a character so real, so broken, so
deliciously creepy (“Are you scared?” he asks one of his victims. “I need you
to be scared.”) you won’t be able to look away from him. You might even catch
yourself secretly, guiltily admiring him. You surely won’t forget him.” —Kim
Church, author of Byrd
“The Worst Thing is a tight, spare novel of suspense,
reminiscent of Ruth Rendell. With a bad guy Gaskin fashions from the inside
out, whose demise you will root for even as you come to understand his needs,
this story has the depth and substance of one that will be read for years to
come.” —Jenny Milchman, USA
Today bestselling & Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author
“A gripping story of a traumatic crime and how it affects the
lives of everyone associated with it, from the police to a building
handyman. It has all the plot twists and turns you want from an absorbing
crime novel, but the book's real strength is in its characters.
Most of the main characters are women who are tested and respond in ways that
are human and believable. The men feel like real people
too. The ending is equally real. Highly recommended.” —Sarah Shaber, award-winning author
of the Louise Pearlie WWII mysteries
“Shadowy foreboding and well-earned emotions lured me in, while fascinating backstories, absence
of gore, and realistic police work insured that I enjoyed every word of
this tightly wovenoriginal
thriller.” —Karen Pullen, author of Cold Feet and Cold
As a publisher and author,** I have read a lot about how books come to be bought and sold. There are detailed marketing plans and some clever ideas out there, but here is how it works: readers buy books that are recommended by a trusted person. Don't you?
Of course that trusted person could be a famous reviewer with a national following, but he or she is more likely to be a friend or family member. Sometimes he or she is a total and anonymous stranger. I've gone to Amazon just to read reviews, haven't you?
So if you've read a book that pleases you, make the author smile. Write a review for www.amazon.com or for www.goodreads.com. Tell five people. Buy it for a friend.
The author who has sold millions of copies and the one who has sold tens of copies have this in common. They were readers before they were writers. And when they put the hours, days, weeks, months and years into a book, all they want is for one reader to like it and to tell another reader about it.
I promise that's true. You may be thinking that Fame and Fortune must be involved, because why else would someone spend years on such an uncertain enterprise. I will promise you something else. F & F are rare in this crazy enterprise. Where they do exist, it is because way back in the misty past, one person liked a book and told another person about it.
So ultimately, if you love to read, it's worth your time to make a writer smile. It is what keeps him or her going.
**Until Proven: a Mystery in 2 Parts, written by Nora Gaskin, published by Lystra Books and Literary Services, LLC.
Those of you who live in the NC Public Radio broadcasting area know that Frank Stasio is a remarkable interviewer and a wonderful part of the community. His show, The State of Things, has formed its own community of listeners. I've been one of them for a long time, so it was a great honor to be interviewed on the show on April 9, 2013.