What readers are saying about this book
Great stuff I love how he sneaks in the references to the books an music that bring back memories of that time for me! Wish my days in High School could have been more like Ricks! Get it, read it, you won't be sorry!!
Thomas A. Lamparty
ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMING-OF-AGE BOOK SERIES!!! While Book 1 covered from late May 1958 when Richard (Rick, Ricky) Jackson's summer adventures began to October 1958 through the start of his ninth grade and his playing in the Ohio State Boys State Golf Championship, this Book 2 covers from October 1958 to very early January 1959. This book covers a wide range of Rick's experiences during that time...
Great Book I should have revised the first but was well into the second book. I am 5 years younger than main character. I grew up in California not Ohio but I understand all of the references. It is very enjoyable. In my mind, novels are meant to entertain and enjoy. Mr Nelson does this very. I highly recommend this book.
Really good read Only gotta minute. I'm rushing on to the next book in the series. Good for YA and adults who like an interesting tale without detailed violence or sex. This isn't a true to life story but an engaging work of fiction. The main character is interesting and the story entertaining. So go for it, give it a whirl.
A simple old fashioned adventure story I have enjoyed this author for a number of years. I like the style and the subject matter, it takes an old man back to simpler times when novels were fun to read and had no social agenda. This series, and, I hope he publishes more, will live on my Kindle and will be well read on my travels.
L. K. Booth
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Other Books by Ed Nelson
- Richard Jackson Saga
- Cast in Time
Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson
What inspired you to become a writer, and what drives you to continue writing today?
I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.
Can you tell us about your writing process? Do you have any specific rituals or habits that help you get into the writing zone?
I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.
Your latest book, Cast in Time, has been receiving excellent reviews. What was the most challenging part of writing it, and what do you hope readers will take away from it?
Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.
How do you approach character development? Are your characters based on real people, fictional archetypes, or entirely original creations?
I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.
What do you believe is the most critical element of a compelling story, and how do you ensure you deliver it in your writing?
Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.
Writing can be a solitary endeavor. How do you handle writer's block or self-doubt, and what advice would you give to aspiring writers facing similar challenges?
Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.
Many of your readers admire your distinct writing style. How did you develop your voice, and how important do you think it is for writers to find their unique voice?
My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.
Beyond the pages of your books, what other forms of storytelling inspire you? Are there any particular authors, films, or artistic mediums that have influenced your writing?
I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.