I’d like to take it as a sign that I’ve arrived as an author: I’ve been asked to endorse another writer’s book. Lisa de Nikolits, whose third novel, A Glittering Chaos, will be released next spring by Inanna Publications, has requested a cover blurb.
It’s flattering to be asked for an endorsement blurb, especially by a writer of Lisa’s caliber. It’s also wonderful exposure to have your name on another author’s book cover. And it’s great to help other writers whenever possible. Asking for an endorsement can be intimidating for some people, and there’s a chance they’ll be turned down if the writers they approach are busy, which they usually are, or plans to be away.
But accepting an invitation to blurb can also be a gamble. What do you do if the book is a dud?
I was pretty confident, however, that that would not be the case with Lisa’s new novel. I’d already read one of her works, West of Wawa, and I loved it. And this Toronto-based writer is an award-winner. The Hungry Mirror, her first novel, won the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Women’s Issues Fiction. West of Wawa won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal for Popular Fiction. I had a strong feeling that A Glittering Chaos would be a good read.
And I wasn’t disappointed. Lisa is not a crime fiction writer but, like me, she writes about women in life-changing situations. Her third novel is well-crafted, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, often outrageous. She sends her heroine, Melusine, on a roller-coaster journey of self-discovery that begins with a fling with a stranger in Las Vegas. Along the way, Melusine poses as a nude art model, writes an erotic novella and copes with her husband’s very public disgrace and breakdown. It’s a page-turner from the get-go.
I’m happy that I can help give Lisa’s novel a boost.