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Laurie Boris – author and editor extraordinaire!

Long before I ever spoke to Laurie Boris, or asked her to become my editor, I read her book, ‘Drawing Breath‘ and absolutely loved it. On the basis of that one book I knew I could trust her with mine. That was all it took. I didn’t ask for her CV or anything sensible like that, but if I had, this is what I would have learned :

“Laurie Boris has been writing fiction for almost thirty years, inspired by the work of Joyce Carol Oates, TC Boyle, John Irving, Vladimir Nabokov, Gail Parent, Nora Ephron, and many other brilliant, prolific, and funny writers.

With a degree in advertising and psychology from Syracuse University’s SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, she started writing articles for her local newspaper and promotional copy for freelance clients. Between projects, she tried a few short stories, some which were published in small literary magazines and later, on the Web. Two won honorable mention in a Writer’s Digest annual competition. One took first place in a contest sponsored by a women’s website, judged by author Katherine Center.”

You can read the rest of this amazing Author Spotlight on Morgen Bailey’s blog :


Oh and Laurie? I can hardly wait for ‘Sliding Past Vertical’!



BigAl’s Books and Pals Readers’ Choice Awards.

DrawingBreathCoverI know there are quite a few of you who have read Laurie Boris’ novel ‘Drawing Breath’, and loved it as much as I did. Well I have some exciting news!

>>drum roll<<

‘Drawing Breath’ has been nominated for best Contemporary Fiction in BigAl’s Books and Pals Readers’ Choice Awards.

These awards are open for all readers to vote, so PLEASE! follow the link below and vote.

The awards cover multiple categories, and you can vote for all of them. But whether you vote for just one book or many, please give these Indie authors some love.  All of them are hardworking writers who bend over backwards to publish quality work.  You won’t find a single, poorly written novel in there.

Sadly far too many of these conscientious writers just can’t get the exposure they deserve, which is why this award is so important.  It highlights just how good Indie writing can be. And it gives these authors a pat on the back,  just for being nominated.

Of course, winning is much, much better, and Laurie really does deserve to win!

I personally consider ‘Drawing Breath’ to be one of the best books I’ve read, Indie or otherwise, so…. please vote?


-hugs to all-


Drawing Breath – something extraordinary

It’s Saturday afternoon here in the antipodes and I find I can’t get stuck into writing my book until I write about another book, a book I have just finished reading.

I have to get these thoughts and feeling down into words before they lose their force and become just memories.

The book is ‘Drawing Breath’ and it was written and published by Laurie Boris, an indie author and a female author. I make those points so that what I say next achieves full impact. ‘Drawing Breath’ is one of  the best books I have ever read and that most definitely includes the hundreds, perhaps thousands of traditionally published books I have read over the last 50 years.

I did not want to read ‘Drawing Breath’ when I first stumbled across it on Indies Unlimited. I read the blurb about 16 year old Caitlyn and 34 year old Daniel and I thought ‘oh no, a Lolita story!’ Wrong.

Then I read further and discovered that Daniel had cystic fibrosis and something in my head just shutdown. Cystic fibrosis is a cruel condition for which there is no cure. Did I really want to read something that was going to depress me?

I was wrong about that too. What I feel now is exultation. How I feel is… uplifted.

I’m not quite sure why I finally bought ‘Drawing Breath’ on Amazon last night but I began reading it at about 11pm – I always read in bed before going to sleep. Well, I was still reading at 3am.

When I woke this morning after far too little sleep I continued reading ‘Drawing Breath’. I finished it half an hour ago and I still can’t let it go. Caitlyn and her mother Maureen, Daniel and his sister Denise, Daniel’s lover Bess, Kumar the breathing therapist at the hospital, all of these characters large and small are still walking and talking in my head and their world seems more real to me than the cosy confines of my office.

How did this happen?

It happened because Laurie Boris is a master storyteller who must have loved each and everyone of her characters because the love shines through in the way even the least important of them has substance.

Writers tend to talk a lot about ‘voice’ and how each character should have a distinctive voice of their own. Well the characters in ‘Drawing Breath’ have far more than voice, they have a presence as vivid as any image on a cinema screen. They exist in time and space, not just as words on a page. And because they exist, their stories have the power to make us feel, for them and also for the human condition that mixes joy and pain in such equal measure.

I really don’t want to write a short, cold summary of the story because the beauty and the joy, and yes the sorrow, are in the reading. To understand what is so very special about this book you have to read it for yourself. So think of this as less of a review and more just the out-pouring of thanks from a reader to a writer.

Thank you Laurie. I am sorry I waited so long to accept the beautiful gift you created with ‘Drawing Breath’.


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