As if a writer could, at the drop of an elegant wrist, fall in love with another time period, learn its history and manners and “knock out” a novel. Well, I’m sure some writers could, but I was not, and have never been, one of them. I was on the slippery slope and I knew it; my writing wasn’t going to be good enough. Another historical and we parted company. I changed genres to my true love, Fantasy, and even got myself an agent… just as the bottom dropped out of the Fantasy market. The agent became lukewarm. Write a saga. The slippery slope had just changed to the writing on the wall.
I hadn’t thought of any of this until late January when Lindsay’s Romantics asked for posts on reviews, and I linked to my Amazon reviews for Torc of Moonlight. It made me begin to realise how good they are, how readers love the novel, and my writing. Ten days ago I picked up a copy of HullFire.
To say that it is a cracker is an understatement. I could have cried. The student who reviewed it is doubtless young enough to be my granddaughter, though it seems she hasn’t realised. For her, the teenage characters speak and act with an authority she recognises from those around her, the same way the older characters do. My writing has been validated, and finally I believe it. Francesca Fulton, whoever you are, I could hug you.
The review is 600 words, too long to be copied complete here, but it can be viewed in full on my blog under the Review tab. Here’s an extract.
“… The book, on first glance, gives the impression that it is just another historical fiction, yet once you pass the opening preface, setting the reader up with the past events, and begin reading the main body of the novel, you realise that it is so much more than that. Fast-paced and thrilling, the novel captures the reader from start to finish. The language that Acaster uses is full of vivid imagery and rich descriptions that are sure to engage the reader; painting either a beautiful image of the various landscapes or of the chilling moments filled with tension. Either way, the descriptive writing she uses enhances the strong plotline. She also manages to balance it out with a well-written, natural dialogue between the different characters, each with their own distinct voice, maintained throughout. Part way through the novel, the perspectives begin to change, and soon they start to establish the thoughts and actions of the other characters. Dark truths are revealed and a disturbing sympathy emerges toward Leonard Harkin, an art lecturer whose age has brought with it an unnerving paranoia. But what is disturbing is the discovery of a horrific aspect of his character and his past…”
And the moral of this is? It should be plain enough: don’t wait for others to validate your muse. Believe in your own abilities. You could waste years fretting that your writing isn’t good enough when it most certainly is.
Torc of Moonlight is available in paperback and ebook: E-pub for the Sony e-Reader & Nook, and shortly for the Kindle. Visit http://www.lindaacaster.co.uk/ or http://www.lindaacaster.com/ for info and extracts, and to sign up for the monthly Newsletter.