A couple of weeks ago I got an email from an acquaintance in Mexico telling me how much he was enjoying reading Shifting Currents. He bought the book from me last winter, but must have left it languishing on his shelf until recently. Of course, I always puff up a bit when I get such messages. And Sterling is an accomplished writer himself, which makes his praise doubly welcome.
As I always do, I asked him—as modestly as possible—if he would be comfortable and willing to post a review on Amazon. You know—one of those two or three sentence come-ons that encourage browsers to buy your book. (I’m not sure how many browsers Shifting Currents gets, but I’m on a bit of a promotional binge and eager for whatever attention I can generate.)
He said he would, and I believed him—but I’ve learned not to count my chickens since folks often agree but don’t follow through. So I was pleased to receive another note a week later suggesting that he was still working on it. Working on it? The man is a fine and prolific writer. How long should it take to write a few sentences?
Yesterday, he posted the review, and I understood. I was also blown away. Thank you Sterling, for taking the time to write this and for sharing it widely in your own networks as well as on Amazon. My only concern is that, when people encounter me face-to-face, they will be searching in vain for the qualities you ascribe to me in this wonderful review/essay.
Sterling’s blog can be found at sterlingbennett.com There you’ll find reviews of his novels and his comments and observations about living and writing in Mexico.