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I’ve been a little nervous about how my novel will be received by Vietnam veterans. After all, I have never served and have no first-hand knowledge of what the Vietnam war experience was like for a nurse or anyone else.
So I was thrilled and relieved when Her Own Vietnam received a positive review from the national magazine of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Reviewer David Willson wrote, “This novel is one of the best books about nurses in Vietnam.”
You can read the full review here.
What do Rachel Carson and Edwidge Danticat have to do with me?
Please join me on my virtual book tour and you’ll find out. Today, I visit Kelcey Parker at Ph,D. in Creative Writing to discuss how I became a writer.
Her Own Vietnam received a very thoughtful and detailed review from The Military Spouse Book Review. Take a look!
Imagine that you get to spend a late afternoon hour with one of your favorite novelists, sitting on her front porch, sharing a bottle of wine or a pitcher of lemonade and talking about all the topics that mean the most to you.
OK, that didn’t actually happen. But it felt like that when best-selling novelist Caroline Leavitt interviewed me for her wonderful blog.
Check it out here.
Today is the official birthday of Her Own Vietnam, known in literary parlance as the pub date, release date or launch date.
Why so many candles? Because it took me so many years to write the book.
What happens next?
Here’s what happens when a book is launched.
– You can now buy it as a paperback or ebook. Click here for details.
– You can win a free signed copy on Goodreads until November 3.
– You can join me on visits to a series of wonderful book blogs. Click here for specifics.
– You can wow your book club with these discussion questions.
Most of all
Most of all, what happens when a book is launched is that people start to read it. (At least I fervently hope so.) People I know, who will read it out of kindness or to see what the heck I’ve been up to all this time. People I don’t know. People who will have their own opinions and perspectives.
Maybe even you.
Her Own Vietnam belongs to you now. I hope you two will be very happy together.