Sno Cone Blue highlighted in another newspaper!

Southeast Examiner article on The God of Sno Cone Blue.“The emotional tug makes it an ideal book club read,” says The Southeast Examiner, and the words ring true as I continue visiting with book clubs. (Drop me a line if you’d like to schedule a Skype or personal author visit.) As the article points out, the success of The God of Sno Cone Blue “has been largely through word of mouth.” And what better way?

I talked with reporter Midge Pierce in the weeks after she read my novel with her own book club. She enjoyed it so much, she wanted to write a piece not just about the book but also its setting and foundation in the SE Portland neighborhood where I grew up.

She writes, “Many of the memorable characters in her book are drawn from Turnquist’s interactions on a street in Lents that is little changed in 50 years.”

So true!

The God of Sno Cone Blue with BRAG Medallion.While none of my characters is a precise replica of anyone, their seemingly eccentric traits were not unusual in 1960s and early 70s outer Southeast Portland. We were gritty and quirky, hard-working and poor, sometimes bright and sometimes backward and often hard-living, but also honest and real, salt of the earth.

In her research for the newspaper piece, Pierce came with me to the Lents neighborhood and the home where my parents still live. She saw the property next to them, that has been chopped up for denser housing, but also Lents Park and Pardee Street which are mostly unchanged after the neighborhood fought off a big new baseball stadium. The old field remains, and from my parents’ house on summer nights, you can still hear the games. Oh, how I love that.

There’s more

If you’d like to read Pierce’s full article–she also covers some thoughts on writing and the writing process–access it here. If you’re interested in retail options for The God of Sno Cone Blue (it’s in paperback and various eBooks) check out my Buy Books page. And again, to schedule a book club visit (or Skype from a distance) just leave me a note on my Contact Page!

Thanks for reading and, as usual, your comments are welcome. Just click Leave a reply below.

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4 thoughts on “Sno Cone Blue highlighted in another newspaper!

  1. Marcia- My mom (just turned 84) read the article about your book in the SE Examiner. It sparked her interest to read the book. My mom has never been much of a book reader. She took your book on her vacation and LOVED it. I just spoke with her and she said it was AWESOME. She loved the characters, the story, the pace. I enjoyed talking with her about it. Thank you.

    • That’s great to hear, Lori! So glad to know your mother enjoyed the story and characters. Music to my ears! It’s wonderful that she’s reading and mentally active at 84. If, by any chance, she’s in a book club, let her know that I do author visits. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a note.

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