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Response to Basil and Spice Review

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

My response to the above review is below.

Thank you for your thoughtful review of my novel, “The Middle Fork.” Many people have agreed with you about the vivid descriptions of the wilderness scenery. I agree with you that the characters’ political dialogue may come across as flat or one dimensional at times and resemble partisan talking points. It’s a quaint thought that regular people have a well rounded since of issues and how they relate to the big picture, but I have not found many of those people either on swollen wilderness rivers or at coffee shops around town. Instead details, facts, and reflection are replaced by sound bites and personal slurs. My attempt was to make these characters talk like regular Americans, people like us in real time thinking, talking, and running the river.

Remember, just like real life, all characters in fiction are not loveable.