A few days ago, I received an unsollicited e-mail from an L.A.-based fan of Revontuli, a woman I have never met and probably never will. I don’t know how she stumbled on Revontuli, but she was clearly very touched by the book, and wanted to share this with me. As it happens, I have been working with another fan to have her share her experience of the book with my blog readers. She’s the teenage daughter of friends, and I’ve known her for years, but not as a fan of my writing, only as the daughter of friends. Every author enjoys reading good reviews, but somehow, as the L.A. reader talked of how her discovery of this unique story moved her, and I read the kind words of our family friend Chloe, it struck me that this was a big part of why writers write; it is not only the urge to share a story, but to reach out to countless readers and make your story part of their lives. As I write that last line, another review you can read on the Amazon Revontuli page comes to mind: “Marit is now part of my life”.
This is what 16-year-old Chloe has to say about the book, and the experience of hearing an author read in person:
“My name is Chloe Karam from Montreal, Quebec. I am a 16 year old girl who loves to read fiction and romantic novels. My favourite book was probably the picture Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde followed by the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I just finished reading Revontuli written by Canadian author Andrew Eddy. This is a novel of historical fiction which takes a reader through a journey during World War II, when the Germans occupied the northern regions of Europe where Norway and Finland meet. I had the honour of attending one of his book readings on Queen Mary Street at a little bookstore called Bibliophile. It was really nice to hear the author himself read a few of his passages because he knew exactly how to say each word, which really had a big impact on me and opened a deeper understanding of the emotions of the novel. It really brought it to another level for me. This is a good read for romantics who love historical fiction.”
Author Andrew Eddy is available for live and “Skype-based” readings for schools and book clubs.