Welcome Peter - and Congratulations on your Nomination! We hope you'll enjoy feeling a part of something very special, this being the inaugural year of the Award. Once things get going in the Forums, feel free to pop into your own dedicated thread for a chat with readers!
I just wrote a comment on The Painted Man and then read through all the other comments and there you are! So, I thought I'd add a little more.......
I made a few comments about Arlen needing development......I work in social care and in my work have become familiar with various theories used in this field, particularly socio-ecological theory, family systems theory and attachment theory.
For a quick reference, my current bible (as I am a lazy reader) is David Howe (2005) Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention - Palgrave macmillan.
For me, I understood that Arlen (when we meet him) is of an age to be seeking his own identity and his realisation of his father's weakness is a watershed for him......but the rejection of his father and the community is an enormous leap.... I wanted more meat on them bones!
Likewise, with your female characterisations, you hit the elements attachments well.............I just want more to chew on.
Having said all that, I thought the pace was great and this IS a great debut.
Just finished Desert Spear.., and it is everything you promised...thanks.....if this doesn't get into the top 5 shortlist next year, I'll eat my first edition (kidding.....I'll wait for the paperback..lol).
Great Stuff.......keep it coming with all the TLC....and if we have to wait, then we know it will be worth it.
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