ANGEL has been a long time in coming, over seven years from the very first time I heard her voice in my head and dreamed that her story could be told, to the moment yesterday when I saw the ebook up on the website–written, completed, edited, submitted, proofed–published! I’m sure not all books take that long, and some take even longer, but in any case, a lot of things have to happen between the original inspiration and that moment when it’s out there for anyone to pick up and…well, READ it! And then what? They either like it, or love it– or they don’t.
Believe me when I say this is a very scary thing for an author, as I know it is for any artist or songwriter or poet or anyone who creates anything and offers it up to the world. As artists, we don’t create for affirmation. We create because something has called itself into being through us, and if we are being authentic to ourselves, it is our duty to respond, to bring it forth. We do it without promise of recognition or reward. We do it because we must.
This is not to say that it doesn’t matter to us what people think. It matters tremendously. Who doesn’t want someone to look at your baby and tell you she’s beautiful? But we have to ready ourselves. There are lots of different people out there and there will be lots of different reactions. It’s okay, it’s just that you hope for something positive early on. That’s why I was very excited to see my first review up on Amazon this morning, and much to my relief and delight, the reader has given ANGEL five stars! Because this is a landmark moment in my life as a writer, I’m sharing a bit of it with you here today.
“…ANGEL is, in a word, lovely. Kingsley has a direct, honest style that works well to convey feeling without pathos or melodrama, and Angel is a captivating heroine. She is brave and even foolhardy at times, but beneath it all is her wholly believable desire to have the kind of family she thinks of as ‘normal.'”
“…Kingsley has captured the hot-and-cold nature of adolescence beautifully, and keeps her protagonist always perfectly balanced between a longing for the safety of childhood and a largely unconscious drive for the self-determination of adulthood…”
“… Although nothing at all like it in style or story, ANGEL nonetheless reminded me strongly of “The Catcher in the Rye” in its appeal…Kingsley’s pacing is perfect as her engaging heroine digs deeper into the family’s past, and the novel moves quickly without feeling rushed. The dialogue rings true, the characters are varied, interesting, and always utterly relatable… and Kingsley does a deft job of doling out the secrets to keep you turning pages. It’s an engrossing, enriching read. Highly recommended.” Jane Ryder
Thanks, everyone for your support. You can read the entire review here. I hope that when you get a chance to read ANGEL, you’ll love getting to know her too. If you have a Kindle, iPad, or any other compatible device, all you have to do to order is go here. The paperback is coming soon!