The Darkwater Liar’s Account is an in-depth exploration of one woman’s life. It straddles the world of literary, historical, and fictional memoir.
It is a dark and tragic tale that takes us to pre-World War II London, World War II Germany and 1960s Nebraska. Painstakingly researched historical details immerse the reader in Bridget’s world. So much so that I’d swear I walked the halls of St. Barts and farmed the field in Darkwater.
The author’s ability to transport the reader into Bridget’s mind is awe-inspiring. This is not just an account of her life; it is the emotional journey of her existence.
The brutality she endures. The pain she must inflict. It all is here. Never have I read such an intimate first person POV. It is a compelling read that is beautifully rendered.
Much like in real life, the painful moments are indelibly burned into memory, while the happy moments seem to race by.
One of the best books I’ve read from an indie author. K.Lyn Wurth is the reason indies need to exist. So that stories this powerful and honest can find their way to readers.
This richly told tale has hundreds of great lines worth rereading and highlighting.
“Maybe her life was like mine; much is calculated and less is remembered, while more is omitted, if not forgotten.”
“Yes, my death is coming, like a train you feel before you hear or see it, vibrating the steel rail beneath your shoe.”
“Not only violence warped us, but anticipation; we cowered, measured the temperature of a mood on entering a room and weighed each word, before speaking.”
I love a book that makes me see a new perspective and understand something I didn’t before. A book that makes me better for having read it. This is one of those books.
Writer. Publish. Repeat is chock full of useful information for building an indie career. The concept of funnels for books is definitely worth exploring once I have a few books under my belt.
I really liked the way these guys broke it down for the reader. They have a fun-to-read writing style that conveys all the important stuff and the pages fly by.
One of the best things I read was how it takes willpower and effort to accomplish anything. Whether it be writing a novel, bringing it to market, or even succeeding with a diet. Sound simple, but it isn’t easy–which is exactly their point.
I enjoyed all the examples they used from their experiences and appreciated their advice on taking a long-haul approach. They imparted a lot of perspective on being indie.
They talked about how one book may not make much money, but ten books making that amount of money is pretty awesome. Granted you have to write those 9 other books.
Their 80/20 philosophy is something I’ll employ on the next go round too.
There are some cool interviews with indie authors at the end that nicely round out the book.
Definitely an important book for indie authors to read before they publish.
Author Appearance Reminder:
If anyone in the Boston area wants to meet me this weekend, I’ll be at Arisia 2014 on January 19th at 11:30 am on a panel about fortune telling methods. I’m happy to sign books before and after.