Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review and Q&A with J.M. Cornwell "Past Imperfect"

Book Details:

Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (July 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603181040
ISBN-13: 978-1603181044
Provided by: Author

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What I Thought:

This was an excellent read. J.M. is a talented storyteller who carries through to the end.

She created very intricately involved characters that really made you think about how they were connected and what would happen to them.

While reading the story I knew the author also felt some kind of emotional connection with her characters. Only after the short Q&A did I find out that this story came out of heartbreak. Maybe that's why those emotions were able to be presented to the reader so well.

The storyline itself was good...you can find out more about that by reading the synopsis below.

Overall, I thought it was a really good, quick read. Oh and J.M.? I'd love to know more about Logan!

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About The Book
(from Amazon)

Adrian Cahill didn't realize his ideal woman, his soul mate, was right in front of him, so Lynn walked away from their stagnant relationship. She had no idea she'd soon be involved in a near fatal crash that would change her appearance and leave her haunted with nightmares of accidents and death. No longer the same person, Lynn took on another girl's name and carved out a new identity.


While recuperating from reconstructive surgery, she bought a rundown cabin in the mountains of Pennsylvania. With the help of local handyman John Logan, she brought the structure back to life, turning it into a wonderful retreat. He also helped her remodel an abandoned factory near Bolton air field in Columbus, Ohio. Over the years the two became close friends, though Logan remained a mystery, never revealing much about his personal life or his past.


After five years and in her new incarnation as Diana, Lynn made up her mind to go back for the man who rejected her, and goad him into chasing her until she catches him. Could she create a new ending for an imperfect past? And how will Logan, her mysterious mountain man, feel about losing his best friend? (edited by author)

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Questions and Answers:

Q: A Day in the Life of J.M.
A: My days start early, usually around 4-5 AM. I check email, get some writing done, write in the paper journal, figure out what to write about for one of my various blogs, get some breakfast and then start work on my day job, and all before 8 AM.

My days are pretty boring most of the time. I write, work, write some more and throw in cooking meals, watching a movie or show on DVD, read books I am reviewing and the occasional trip outside into the sunshine, rain or snow (we get them all here in Colorado, sometimes at the same time). When I finish my day job--I type operative reports for a network of seven hospitals in the New York-New Jersey area--I treat myself to tea and scones or madeleines, muffins, brownies or cake, whatever I've baked the day before or that afternoon--relax for about 30 minutes and plunge back into writing, revising, proofreading, editing and rewriting.

I usually quit for the day around 8 PM and go to bed with a review book until I fall asleep, usually before 10 PM, wake up and do it all over again. The only difference on weekends is that I read more review books, write more and try to catch up on the household chores or at least get outside to see if the sun is still in the sky and that trees, mountains and people still exist.


Q: What inspired you to write your book?
A: A broken heart. I had just broken up with someone I dated for a while. He always told me I was his soul mate and when I asked what he wanted in a soul mate he described her the way he described me. He was really near-sighted, and clueless.

I was researching an article on how to change your name and become someone else, which is considerably more difficult with the advent of computers and the Internet, and found out about a young girl who was killed on her way up to visit the campus of a college where she wanted to transfer. I drove up to the college on the road she took that runs alongside the old Erie Canal and then went back to a town outside Philadelphia to interview her teachers, family and friends. She had been dead a few years, but everyone still remembered her.

That's when I got the idea of a broken-hearted women who is reportedly dies in a car accident who changes her name after her appearance is radically altered because of the accident and decides to go back to prove to her old boyfriend, who she still loves, that she is his soul mate. The book did not turn out the way I planned. Logan kept invading my dreams and demanding I include him in a bigger role. He changed everything.


Q: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before
A: 1. As much fun and as rewarding as writing is, getting published and staying published is hard work.

2. An author must do more than write, revise and rewrite books. She must be a marketing expert, public speaker, networking specialist, entrepreneur, business manager, accountant and advertiser.

3. It's easy to write a book. The hard work comes with editing, revising, and rewriting, especially since the world moves so quickly that what was innovative just last night is old news this morning. I had no idea how tired I could become from reading my own words or that I would cringe going back through one more time to see if all the typos and errors have been caught and all the loose ends neatly tied.

4. You should write what you know, but be adventurous enough to find new things to know. Writing is as much about living and being a part of the world as it is about putting words and sentences down on paper.

5. No matter how well a book does and how much the reviewers like it, you're always going to think it could be better. When you get to the point that you think you cannot do any better, you need to get into another line of work. You're either burnt out or delusional. Writing, as life, is about learning and growing and evolving. When you stop; you're done.

6. The best part about being an author is people talking to you about your book. The worst part is people talking to you about your book.

7. It takes more than one book to make enough money to quit the day job. Keep the day job until you've made enough money that you have at least three years worth of income in the bank in a savings account, then cut back to part time.

8. There is more to writing a book than pushing character around. Sometimes, if you're really lucky, characters talk back and the story you started won't be the one you finish, at least not if the book is good. In good books, characters come alive and act out for the writer -- and for the reader. When that happens, you have arrived.

9. No author is ever too big or too good that editing won't improve their writing.

10. Writing should be fun, but never forget it is work, and hard work sometimes. Treat it like a 9-5 job and write every day for the same amount of time without fail, and read as much as you write. The two go together. Good writers are voracious readers and writers who read voraciously evolve into better writers.


Thanks so much to J.M. for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Kris, for your review of "Past Imperfect." As for Logan, everyone keeps asking me if I will write another book about him. I'm busy on other projects, but you never know.

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