Interesting first novel for writer Kellie Estes is actually the reason for me starting this blog on books. It was an easy to read and entertaining book that intertwines the history of the anti-Chinese movement in Seattle in the 1800’s. It was easy to read and keep the timeframes separate while, developing the characters and story.
The most interesting thing is that at the end of the book, she provides questions for book clubs to talk about and a little primer on how to write a novel.
That actually has made me start thinking about writing a novel even though I have never thought about doing so. I have no creative writing experience or training and can’t even imagine how people come up with stories, plots, characters and endings. She said to study books and look for what you like and don’t like. She says to learn all the rules of writing and then forget everything and trust the process.
Trust yourself, trust your voice, trust the story that comes to you, and you’ll find success. Also, don’t rush. ~Kelli Estes
Including a food and beverage guide to go along with the book was a hoot! I never would have thought of that!