When I got word that yet another news director my age had died at work, that did it. The lesson was clear: a dream delayed could become a dream denied. By April of 2013 I had closed the door, at least for the time being, on a 33-year career in TV news. A month later I sat down to write my novel Messages. It’s a crime story set in a news environment that also serves as an exposé of TV news, showing how the industry came, for better or worse, to the place it’s at today. The book has received excellent reader and critical reviews; one of the latter called it “masterful.”
But when the reviews came in, they were fabulous. Kirkus Reviews actually compared me to Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite authors. Publishers Weekly not only gave me a good review, but awarded one of its coveted starred reviews, and called the novel “a fascinating read all the way to its chilly, barely hopeful conclusion."
Post Script: As I type this, I am near the end of Day Three of a 7-day Kindle Countdown promotion for my sci-fi novel. I’m proud to report that the novel has cracked the Top 100 in the Amazon rankings in its categories, and at this of moment has reached #35 in post-apocalytic sci-fi. Considering there are north of 3.3 million ebooks on Amazon, I don't consider that to be too shabby, especially for a guy who started from scratch two years ago.
You can find out more about me via my author’s website at www.forrestcarr.com. I also invite you to check out and follow my blog, The Bashful Bloviator.
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