Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review for 'The Pineville Heist' by Lee Chambers


Seventeen year old Aaron Stevens stumbles into the aftermath of a five million dollar bank heist gone wrong. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron partially catches the murder of one of the robbers. In the chaos he sneaks away with the money and heads straight for the closest place of safety, his high school. Terrified, Aaron tells his shocking tale to Amanda Becker, his drama teacher, but it doesn’t take long for one of the psychotic robbers to show up. In the locked down school the pair are relentlessly pursued in a quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence.

Rating: 4/5

For a teen-aged novel, it was good. Aaron is this teenager whose father, at first does not care, yet does. When young Aaron runs into trouble, the sheriff is called. Thus, the adventure begins. At first, the sheriff does not believe him. However, as the story unwinds, people start to listen, and twists into a journey never to be forgotten. A tale mixed with danger is exciting. It is what young readers need while getting through school, life, and to never forget even the small and insignificant things to them, matter the most. This is a story done by a creator. Blended with a surprise at the end, it proves justice can and is served. Hats off to Lee!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stepping into Character's Shoes

First confession, though I'm a young writer, there are still a number of things that I don't know. For example, character development. Okay, as writers we're suppose to know, feel, and think while we're in our character's position. We 'see' what they see and thus bring that perspective to live. Sometimes the story relates to us. Other times, the story has no sufficient meaning. However, we wouldn't be who we are if that were the case. Our characters often reflect who we are. Our personality blended with of course the art of creative writing, focuses on how we portray a specific character. From there the image is brought to life where the reader can grow with them. Some times it is difficult to let this image of what we think our persona is actually develops.

By what I mean for development is that this is one step which the character starts to take shape and form. They become 3 dimensional. Then the real fun begins.