I took my own advice and picked an unknown author, to me at least, and decided to make that my next read on Oyster Books (more on Oyster later). I decided upon The Silver Shawl by Elisabeth Grace Foley.
My Goodreads review gave it out of a possible five. I’ll be upfront, the book is a dollar for Kindle and Nook readers so it isn’t a huge investment, but it isn’t a book either. It is a short story and I would have been upset had I purchased the “book” only to be getting a short story. Especially since I know I can purchase full length books from other authors for the same price.
The story isn’t poorly written and is well thought out. It reminded me a lot of an old time radio western if I’m perfectly honest. It just had that feel about it, I could almost hear the crackle of the radio in the background as I read it. Characters aren’t exactly superficial but they aren’t well drawn, deep characters you grow attached to either. The setting was poorly described and I honestly think most of the details came from my head because of all those old time radio westerns I’ve listened to all my life.
So, despite the crummy review the book gets I’m not sorry I took a chance on an unknown author. As a fledging author myself going through the rejection and “why am I doing this to myself” phase of publishing, I think all authors have something to contribute to the conversation. I will read something else by Elisabeth Grace Foley before I give up on the author completely. The story I choose may not have been the best example of her work or I could have been having an off day.
I wonder what author is up next for me that I haven’t read yet? Stay tuned and find out!