I got a note from a friend recently asking for prayer. She has some health problems, some financial hardships and on top of it all she is missing her mama and daddy.
A girl never gets over missing good parents. I always miss my parents more during this pressing-in season. Mama was the inspiration for so much of my writing that for an entire year after she died, I was unable to write. I couldn’t concentrate well enough. I felt like I had nothing more to say to the world. (Boy did this election ever change that!)
I was torn on which book to offer you next. There are so many good ones to recommend. I decided on offering you one that is getting all the buzz.
But that’s not why I chose it.
I picked it because it’s a book my own mama would have loved.
Mama loved a good mystery and Kevin O’Brien is a master thriller writer.
He’s also one heck of a nice fella. One of the best things about being a writer is all the lovely people you get to meet. He posts the most retro photos of any of my peeps. I love the pictures of Kevin and his siblings. They are straight off Mad Men.
Besides the title – YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE – seems fitting for all sorts of reasons.
The topic of this thriller is school bullying and you can read an excellent interview with Kevin over at Publishers Weekly here. Kevin is a New York Times bestseller and I believe this is book #16. He’s wonderful.
Another thriller writer, Phillip Margolin, told me that when he was teaching in New York City, he used to give his students Micky Spillane novels as assignments because even the most hard-cord anti-reading kid would read those books.
Wonder should we make Kevin’s books a required read for high schoolers?
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This video has a similar title as Kevin’s book but I’m posting it simply because I love it.