The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova

This book was a recommendation from my daughter who loves books that can be lived in. This is one of them, and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. The characters are real, complex, and the story of the true Dracula was fascinating. His name was Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, a really interesting guy now that we can’t be impaled by him.
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The depth and breadth of the settings made me feel like I had traveled Europe, from Romania with the wrinkled men and women of the villages to the rich, bustling cities of Buda-Pest. Kostova’s writing is beautiful, thoughtful, and historical, and still manages to have elements of fantasy and suspense that kept me turning the pages.

About Elizabeth Kostova: Elizabeth Johnson Kostova is an American author. She’s a graduate of Yale University and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

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Her first novel, The Historian, was published in 2005, and it has become a best-seller.

Jacket-flap: To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history…

the historianLate one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history.

Hope you all take the time to read it!

Less is More

I went to a conference where Linda Sue Park presented a workshop.

lindasueparkShe said something I’ll never forget. “If you want to be a writer, you’re going to have to give up things. You have to make hard choices, maybe have less sex, give up television, sleep less.” It was the first time I thought, Do I really want to be a writer?

Then I realized that without writing, I wasn’t happy. In her keynote address, she told us about her latest book, bk_longwalktowaterA Long Walk to Water, about a boy named Salva from Africa, the amazing trials he had to overcome, and how he freed 150 other boys and went back as an adult to help his community. She’s an amazing writer who gives to the community and to kids all over the world. And she’s super nice.

Looking to her example, I decided that what I wanted most for myself was to be a published author. Life isn’t always easy to prioritize, and I’ve found there are things I won’t give up for writing, like time with my kids, because my time with them is slipping away. But I’ve managed to make writing a daily part of my life, and I love it!

Joining #WriteMotivation

One of my critique partners, K. T. Hanna, hosts a monthly goal-setting challenge called Write Motivation. The group encourages one another on twitter and on their blogs. This month, I am joining in the fray. It could be dangerous if I get in the way of flying cookies or the T-Rex who eats them, as illustrated below by one of the members, Lady Jai.

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So here are my goals:

1) One blog post per week.

2) Visit twitter three times per week.

3) Eat some cookies.

4) Finish my final edits for WIP, THE PANDORA REVERSAL: SHIFTER.

Thank you to my wonderful CP! I love you KT.