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Interview with Novelist Rebecca Nolen (The Dry, Deadly Thyme)

Here is a recent interview.

Novel Writing Festival

Rebecca Nolen
President, Houston Writer’s Guild
Author:  The Dry  and   Deadly Thyme
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MT: Do all of your novels have a general theme and tone?

Rebecca Nolen: No. One if for adults and the other is a middle-grade. I plan to do more novels that will go with my two published novels. I’m working on a novel called Deadly Haste that takes place right before Deadly Thyme. It is a stand-alone, too.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

RN: My children’s novel The Dry is a great adventure story for children ages 9 to 99. It’s a fantasy that involves giant bugs and also, for the science nerds like me, each chapter heading starts with a wasp fact. The wasp facts have nothing to do with the story.

Adults who love discovering a great story to keep them up reading at night, will love Deadly…

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Two Great Reviews

I wanted to include a photo of Denise Satterfield and I at the Great Big Hair Ball during the Pulpwood Queens weekend last January. Fern Brady was there, too. We made the NacogdochesPulpwood Queens copy newspaper!! Whoo Hoo!!  Here’s the photo:

I’ll be signing at a Kroger next weekend, July 11 and 12 at Ella and 43rd.


I’ve heard from a reader in India, Aditi, who read The Dry. You can see her blog post here: http://bookstopcorner.blogspot.in/2015/06/review-256-dry-by-rl-nolen.html

Here is an excerpts from her review:

The book opens at a drought-affected land somewhere in West Virginia where a young boy, named, Elliot Sweeney, embarks upon a journey to find his missing father when his father’s search rescue team called off their mission to find him. Soon Elliot meets a young girl named, Left, who too is looking for her missing brother, who worked in the col mines. On their way, they chances upon a scary rat-like looking ma, or rather say a rat man named, Mr. Nogard and a lost and forgotten world, Penumbra, separated by a Dry side and a Water side. But in the Dry side there is a dragon and ruled “The Wicked Prince of Every Place”, named, Prince LeVane, a huge monster wasp, who hires children to work in his mines. And now it’s Elliot’s decision to take a brave step to go to the Queen of the Water, Tosia, and to help him rescue those helpless children.

Firstly, the story is absolutely mind-blowing and thoroughly engrossing enough for the readers to keep them hooked till the very last page. And since the author have included so many action-packed events that provides a fast pace to the book. The narrative is kept catchy and thoughtful and layered with emotions. The graphic detailing and vivid description of each events makes the story a complete page turner.

The backdrop of the story and especially the world building of Penumbra is very striking and excellently done with enough information for the readers to understand the hows and whys of this strange insect-filled and drought-affected land. The author sets her readers mood right into the very heart of the story by unraveling the strangeness of this dark, scary world moment-by-moment.

The characters from the main protagonist to the evil ones are all strongly developed masking them with flaws that can induce fear in her readers’ minds. Elliot is an ever-growing character who grew out of his fear till the very last page and though he is a 12-year old boy, still his mind progresses like an adult and it is real easy for the readers to connect with his and his fear.

The wasps play a huge role in this book as each chapter begins with an important wasp fact that holds the key to the following events. And I believe, after reading this book and reaching that satisfying climax, the readers are bound to get some giant-wasp-filled-nightmares for a while.

The book deals a lot with trust issues, like on his way to find his father, Elliot meets a man named, Mr. Jack. In the beginning he had trouble believing in his stories, so he runs away with his donkey and the author does a great job in building that misunderstood trust in his heart for Mr. Jack. The adrenaline-rushing moments and the action-packed events make the book one hell of an edgy roller-coaster ride.

Verdict: All YA lovers, especially dystopian fans, will highly appeal to this book.

Here’s a website with a great review of Deadly Thyme by Kathryn Svendsen. Here’s her blog post address: http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-review-deadly-thyme-by-rl-nolen.html

Here is what she said:

From the very first sentence, the author will have you hooked. This is a mystery novel that is difficult to put down. It will give you the chills and make you want to know where your daughters are at all times.

In this complex mystery there are very few clues to go on. The kidnapper almost seems to be like a ghost. He seems to be able to move about the village without anyone seeing him. As I tried to unravel the mystery along with the detectives, the various twists and turns had me suspecting a variety of different people. I even had the advantage of knowing some information from the perspective of the perpetrator of the crime.

The author did an excellent job of making the characters in Deadly Thyme seem just like anyone else you might meet in a small village in England. I thought the main character Detective Jon Graham was very personable. The torment that Annie experienced was palpable and realistic.

There were a few gruesome scenes and a few very surprising twists. But this killer is a depraved madman and no one can figure out who he is.

I gave Deadly Thyme 5 stars out of 5. It’s a clean read with no profanity and no sexual scenes.  If you enjoy murder mysteries, you should definitely pick this book up. I highly recommend it.

Isn’t that wonderful?

Comicpalooza 2015

Me and the wasp. Thank you, Tammy for the fabulous photo.
Me and the wasp. Thank you, Tammy for the fabulous photo.

Hey! What about this weather? I hope none of you got water in your homes. (I know of one friend who did. ) If you did, I hope you are now safe, and dry.

Welcome to all my new friends! It was so great to meet you at comicpalooza. We had such fun, didn’t we?

I saw more amazing costumes than I’ve ever seen before.

The people I met were so kind and generous with their time and advice. This is definitely a venue you will see me at in the future.

Tammy had a booth right across from me. We would wave when there were no people in the aisle. She came over the last day and took my picture. It looks like the wasp isn’t enjoying my hugs. Awww.

And here is what Tammy said about The Dry:  I just wanted to say that this rainy weather put me in a mood to read a lot and I finished The Dry rather quickly! I put my review on amazon (tlynn2002) but I wanted to tell you that I thought this was a wonderful read! It had me tearing up a little towards the end. Thank you so much for letting me review your book! I will definitely recommend it to people. 🙂

Writing fact: Put your character into a situation which requires a response. Your character’s character is shown to your reader in this way.

Two Great Reviews

grandma and coraA great new review of The Dry:

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome read, September 10, 2014
This review is from: The Dry (Paperback)
This is a book that you really don’t want to pass by. I expected a good read and ended up being more than pleased with this purchase.

We travel back to the late 1800s and we head to West Virginia. As it is now, West Virginia is the coal mining mecca in our story.

The challenge is, in our story, our main character, Elliot, is in search of his father. His father, a human rights activist went to WV to investigate stories of children being used to work the mines.

Sounds intriguing enough but the author really goes the extra mile so fasten your seatbelt.

We meet an assortment of interest characters. Nogard is one who will definitely catch your attention.

I liked Beulah, she was a great sidekick (no pun intended) and added a nice layer to the story.

Then we have a man and the pocket watch that he gives to Elliot right before he begins his quest.

There are more, shall we say unforgettable?, characters. I don’t want to give you a single spoiler but keep a close eye on Nogard.

If you are wondering about the significance of the insect on the book cover- you’ll understand soon enough as you begin reading.

I will say this – I think you will be as captivated as I was with this unique plot. There is a unique vibe to this read – the author is a true wordsmith.

I definitely want to read more by this author and hope to see additional books with similar plots from her as she has a real talent as a writer.

Worth every single one of the five stars.

And Here’s a new review for Deadly Thyme:

5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book to everyone, September 8, 2014
This review is from: Deadly Thyme (Paperback)
This Book Was Given To Me For An Honest Review

When I began reading this book I thought it was just another book. Was I ever wrong. This book is such a page turner it’s unbelievable. Once you begin to read it you will not be able to put it done until you finish it. It is about a woman and her daughter who are being watched by a person unknown to them. He sees Ruth (the mother) and believes it is his mother. He decides he must kill her. He takes her daughter without actually planning to. His “mother” continuously speaks to him and he continues to argue with her. During the search for Annie (the daughter) several other girls’ bodies are found. Other murders are committed also. There are so many twists and turns in this story that to tell you more I would ruin your reading of this book. It is truly a HAVE TO read. I gave it 5 stars but it really needs more than 10. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look forward to seeing more works by R.L. Nolen.

If people have already reviewed your book why do I need to write a Review?

Reviews come in all shapes and sizes. It matters not how big it is. You only need 20 words for a review. I need reviews. It seems like such a small favor…but it is a huge favor. People buy things because of reviews. And people don’t buy things because of reviews. Reviews mean everything to each and every writer, even if they have 500 reviews. And believe me when I say that I would be happy with 70. Please go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.com and tell me what you think. I sure do appreciate it. Really.

A Great Boost With A Review

booksHere is a link to a review for Deadly Thyme that you may be interested in. http://blogcritics.org/book-review-deadly-thyme-by-r-l-nolen/#respond

I was so excited to see this! Wow! Even though it is four stars it is a good one. It sounded as if the reviewer was stretched out of her comfort zone on this – reading a psychological suspense. There is a specific market for this book. It is a British murder/mystery/suspense. That is specific. The only character she did not fall in love with is Ruth. That’s the only negative. I’ll take it.

British writers in this genre tend to focus on the psychological aspects of a murder/and murderer. The gory stuff happens “off-stage”. You, the reader, see the results, a book that is sort of like an Alfred Hitchcock movie. He used shadow to the best advantage for spooky atmosphere. A British M/M or suspense is all about atmosphere, and drama, but there must also be a bit of humor.

Enjoy this review and please purchase Deadly Thyme from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), iStore books, and anywhere else. Deadly Thyme as an ebook is $4.99. And The Dry as an ebook is $2.99. Cheaper than a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Now (TODAY) the second bit of good news is this: Both of my books are now in Ingram’s catalog so they can be ordered for any bookstore anywhere. Please do me a favor and ask your local bookstore to order them. Also, ask your library to order the books. They are available for libraries as ebooks or through the Ingram’s catalog.

And as always, if you pinky swear on your mother’s meatloaf that you will write a review on Amazon (only 20 words required, people!!!) you can apply to me for a FREE ebook. (ask) JUST SAYIN’ I’m looking for reviews and I’m not opposed to begging and sending chocolate.

Review of ‘The Dry’

I love to read great reviews and especially when I find them about my book!! The funny thing about the review below is that I love what he said about The Dry but then I realized he gave me four stars. It doesn’t matter because to me this is a five star review. I thank him for putting the review on his blog, on Amazon, and on Goodreads.

Review of ‘The Dry’.

The Newest Button

Today I pressed a button that will change my world. ALIENS? No! Back garden bugs in close-up

We all press buttons daily. The microwave has buttons, the computer has buttons, the cellphone has buttons, the TV remote has buttons, the newer car locks have buttons and the older ones have remotes with buttons. Some things we have all learned? The red button is to be avoided until there is an emergency. Don’t lose the button thingey because it’s a pain to replace.

We’ve been surrounded by buttons for centuries, but only in this past century do the buttons actually do something. So what does my latest button push have to do with anything?

The button I pushed this morning uploaded my manuscript to Create Space.

I’ve been working on this story for probably ten years. (If you’ve been keeping up with my blog you know I’ve been rather busy the last three years and so haven’t had much time to spawn new books. I haven’t stopped editing what I have.) I’ve grown tired of the roulette/lotto game of traditional publishing. I hired a professional editor and a professional book cover designer.

After I get Advanced Readers Copies proofed, then the book will be available to YOU!

Here is what THE DRY is about:



West Virginia, 1895.

A deadly dry spell has left the earth parched and souls desperate. Crops are failing. Cities are starving. A missing newspaper man doesn’t account for much in times so terrible, except to the twelve-year-old son he left behind. When Elliot Sweeney discovers the search for his father has been called off, he boards a train alone to find him.

His quest leads Elliot into the depths of an abandoned mine, with a peculiar pocket watch, a blind burro, and a gutsy girl at his side. He discovers a world he never dreamed of, even in his worst nightmares, and lands smack in the middle of a war between two kingdoms. Monstrous insects, smiling villains, and dark riddles are everywhere. Deciding who to trust may prove to be his greatest challenge, while the fate of the world above hangs on Elliot’s choice.

This is a story like Wizard of Oz only underground with a boy protagonist.

The Dry, a novel by Rebecca Nolen

I’ll let you know the moment it is available.

Thank you for reading.