I would not be honest if I said I was entirely pleased with the first reviews for my book THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN. Don’t get me wrong, I am more than happy that they have been kind to my first novel. The reviewers have said how they enjoyed the imagery, plot, character, and such other literary devices. How could this be bad? But there was something about the positive accolades that left me wanting more. I was missing the literary criticism that would tell me where I stood as an author- believe me, I know that writing is an art that requires practice and experience. I did not expect to get it all right with my first novel. I expected critical reviews to point out some of the very flaws I wondered about and others I was not aware of.
The latest review by Jessica Goodard of ReviewTheBook.com provides criticisms regarding character development, plot, and style. I will admit that I was concerned about a couple of the items she so readily pointed out as I was writing. I kept asking myself who was coming across as the protagonist. I wanted it to be Serenity but found Dr. Keat’s character more interesting in the beginning. It was easier to paint his world as I knew more of where he was coming from and where he was going. I could develop his complex character because I was able to provide history and reveal his conflicts earlier. This was not so easy with Serenity. The mystery surrounding her heritage and the fact that she has not yet awakened within her. Even at the end of the novel, her true nature has yet to be revealed. Her development will continue with the second installment. In fact, it is her personal conflicts, the struggle with her identity what it means to her relationship with Tal and ultimately the salvation of the world, that will drive the narrative in the second book.
THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN is also being submitted to Kirkus Horizons, a highly regarded and professional reviewing organziation. I look forward to reading their praise and criticisms as well.