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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Read This Book! Amy Inspired

Amy Inspired is the first novel by Bethany Pierce and I can hardly wait till she writes more!  This is the story of Amy--daughter, sister, room mate, list maker, adjunct writing professor, and aspiring author. She is a good Christian woman who feels she is doing all the right things without getting anywhere.

Throughout the novel, Amy deals with, job issues, a student who seems to be a stalker, a male house guest she is attracted to, the forthcoming marriage of her brother, and her relationship with her mom and dad.  The biggest dilemma in Amy's life is her writing.  She wants to be a writer.  She longs to be a writer.  She has planned since she was a little girl to be a writer. When her roommate has an article accepted for publication in a national magazine, Amy of course is thrilled for her roommate but struggles with jealousy.  And the more she thinks about writing, the fewer words she is able to produce.

As a wannabe/would be writer, I really identified with this part of the story.  I fell in love with Amy in the scene where she returns to her childhood home and her mom asks her to get something down from the attic. The attic is Amy's garret.  Just like Jo from Little Women, as a child, Amy had created a special place where she could go to be alone and write her stories.

I also loved the way Amy shares her love of writing with her students.  Really, I think this was the best written book that I have read in a long time.  It was entertaining--I'm all about that as a reader.  But it also resonated with me.  I identified with Amy on many levels.  It made me think about my own writing.

In one scene, Amy and a friend are discussing writing and the question is asked, "Would you still write if you thought no one would ever read what you had written?"  I thought about that a long time.  As the writer of this little blog, I have to say that I get discouraged when I don't get comments.  But as a writer in general, I love the thrill I get when words fall into place, gracefully and naturally, and convey exactly the mood I desire to portray.

Read it! Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce.  You'll be so glad you did!


Marilyn said...

I love your writings and your blog. I think you should be brave and go for it. You can do it.

Clair said...

I had mixed feelings about the book...especially the ending. Also, Pierce did write another novel, Feeling for Bones.

Delyn said...

I will check it out... Trent gave me a Kindle for our anniversary in 2009, so I don't even have to get out of the house to shop... If it is available for the Kindle. Thanks for the recommendation.

I can relate to the 'discouraged when no comments' comment. But, I still enjoying writing, even if I think that nobody reads.

Have a merry Christmas!

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