I love, love, love Misty Baker’s writing . Her reviews (as I’ve said before and will say again) are worth reading in their own right, whether you go on to read the book she’s talking about or not.
She’s funny and smart, and she always brings something extra to the discussion, relating discrete events or characters in a novel to some overarching life principle or smaller, homely slice-of-life observation.
My goal as a writer is to get a rave review from Misty Baker. Not for the stars. Not for the glory. But because then I’ll know I’ve accomplished what I set out to with a novel. You see, I trust Misty Baker not to skim, but to read what I wrote, to think about it, and then to tell the truth about her experience of the story.
For instance, more than a few people don’t like Sara, the protagonist in Kiss Me Hello , because she’s weak when it comes to her relationship with her husband. Misty gets it that this is the core of Sara’s story:
Luckily, I was so intrigued by the “hot ghost” and flying vine spikes that I could look past my irritability and read the story for what it was. A weak woman’s road to thriving independence (and self-confidence.)
I fault myself as a writer that this aspect of Sara isn’t better explained or justified. I don’t want the reader put off by the off-putting character flaw. I want the reader hoping the protagonist is going to overcome the flaw.
I consider things like this about my writing every time I read a Kindle Obsessed review. Misty makes authors better writers. I suspect she makes me a better (and more satisfied) reader too.