Thursday Night Write – Open Mic with Author Cheryl Herbsman
I know this is our third Open Mic in a row – and I promise you a prompt next week – but it’s for a very good reason; I have another awesome guest commentator for you this week.
And I never turn down an opportunity to have a talented writer read your stuff!
This week’s guest commentator is Cheryl Herbsman, the author of Breathing, a beautifully written, lyrical story set in South Carolina. It’s one of those stories that grabs ahold of you and won’t let go. I loved the authentic way Cheryl goes about exploring the struggle for independence and inner strength rather than making it seem like a guy – even THE guy – is the answer to all our problems.
Plus, it’s an absolutely perfect summer read!
But instead of trying to wow you with my review abilities, let me share the Booklist review instead;
Ever since she was a child, Savannah has heard her mother tell the story of Savannah’s first asthma attack, which occurred on the day her dad left the family. Since then, breathing has been a challenge for Savannah. Enter Jackson Channing, a gorgeous 18-year-old who is visiting his cousins. As she spends time with Jackson, Savannah’s breathing problems begin to dissipate. Then Jackson leaves for home, and Savannah’s challenge is to learn to breathe on her own, without her daddy, without her mama’s vigilance, and without Jackson’s validating love. This debut novel is a sweet, low-key romance about a young couple who find true love early and struggle to stay together as they embrace their individual growing-up challenges. Herbsman has created likable characters and a coastal Carolina setting that will capture the reader’s imagination, and she subtly emphasizes the qualities that create supportive life partners. Although some may find the dialect a challenge, it is authentic, lyrical, and consistent. Readers will look forward to more from this talented new author. Frances Bradburn
And yes. It IS as amazing as it sounds.
Thank you, Cheryl, for being our guest commentator this week!
Same rules as usual – 300 words or less and be sure to comment someone else’s excerpt if you post one of your own.