Becket (Assistant to Anne Rice) Reviews St. Charles at Dusk

So, something incredibly cool happened to me this week. And its just Monday!

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It started a few weeks ago when Becket, who is the endlessly interesting and endearing assistant of Anne Rice, posted on his page that he was interested in knowing what other indie authors were working on. He is getting ready to publish his own stories, and has been very supportive of the indie community as a whole. I responded with some info about my novels, and a link to my Amazon Author Central profile. He replied that he had read the sample offered by Amazon (you can’t adequately imagine my surprise at that), so I offered to send him a copy, and he accepted. He was incredibly kind and gracious about the whole thing, and of course I was completely useless to the world for the rest of the day.

This morning, he posted on his page his final thoughts, and review of the book. I supposed I should say that, as kind as nice as he is, I never expected him to finish it. Or love it. Who am I, really, but just some random indie author in a sea of them?

Is this that small self-conscious jerk that still lives in my thoughts, coming out to play, telling me I am not good enough? Probably. Because Becket did enjoy it. Enough to tell his page about it. Enough that he compared me to a young Anne Rice, and that my characterizations where Dickensian. Enough that I have been just floating on cloud 9 all day, and not even the fact that I chose the wrong day to wear heels can bring me down from it.

You see, Anne Rice is my favorite author of all time. My favorite wordsmith, world-builder, and the queen of the visceral reading experience. Becket is not just her assistant, but is also her biggest fan. Like me, he credits Rice for gifting him with a lifelong love, and discovery, of New Orleans. Like me, he walked down the streets of the Garden District, dreaming of her characters and novels. So if this is the experience he took from my book, then I can think of no greater compliment, and no more meaningful endorsement. Humbled is the word I will use, for lack of a bigger, crazier, more descriptive alternative. This is the best writing gift anyone has ever given me.


Here’s the direct link to the post as well: Becket’s Review of St. Charles at Dusk

By the way- review excitement aside-if you are not following Becket, you should be. He is charming, real, insightful, and has put his heart on the line to share his experience as a monk in New Orleans. He is also a Whovian, and and all-around geek lover. Oh, and he gets to hang out with Anne Rice.

He’s pretty okay in my book.

37 thoughts on “Becket (Assistant to Anne Rice) Reviews St. Charles at Dusk

  1. You can be humble if you like, but I don’t have to be. I think this is just grand. Compared to Rice and Dickens in one posted review, by someone who has touched the Goddess of the artform of writing himself. Also, he is smokin hot BTW 🙂

    1. Thank you, because I am constrained by the fact that I am in the office! Oh, and I started Red Clay and Roses last night 🙂 So far I am absolutely loving your storytelling style. I can feel the setting completely, and the cultural references are very illuminating.

      1. Thanks. I am actually revising a minor bit of that first chapter to improve the flow before having it printed in paperback. Feedback shines light in places we might not have seen had someone else not been holding the light. Hope you enjoy. I personally don’t feel it is stellar writing,(like yours BTW) but it is a story that needed to be told.

      2. To me, stellar writing is writing that transports me. Writing that is lyrical, and reads almost like music, but in a more subtle way. Your writing definitely does that, for me.

  2. Reblogged this on mybrandofgenius and commented:
    This new Indie author really has it going on. I love her writing style and here is a particular review that says I am in good company. Read “St. Charles at Dusk” and follow that with “The Storm and the Darkness”. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. You can say, “I knew her before she became famous!” But you best hurry 🙂

  3. What a phenomenal compliment! It is so hard to get read let alone a positive wonderful review. Add to that the caliber of the reviewer and you have quite an achievement.

  4. Congratulations, Sarah! I can’t imagine it getting better than being compared to Rice and Dickens. You should bask in that glow for the foreseeable future. Of course, you have to keep writing. Despite any self-doubts you have. Don’t worry about “topping” the compliment; just make sure you don’t ever , ever stop writing 😉 I’m so happy for you, I’m dancing in my chair (the only dancing I can do without hurting myself …)!

    1. Thank you Marie!! (That’s also the only dancing I can do without hurting myself and/or being accused of some bizarre form of white girl twerking). If anything this definitely makes me want to keep writing. I actually got my first one star review on Dusk yesterday and I thought, hey, it doesn’t even matter. Because THIS happened 🙂

      1. I can accept that not everyone falls in love with the book. But this one marked it as “too boring to finish.” Maybe its just me, but I don’t review books I don’t finish. Although, I did look at the books she did like and they were all of the bodice-ripper variety, which my book is not.

      2. Well, there you go. I agree that if you’re going to review a book, then finish the book. She gets 0 stars for her review (or lack of one, that is).

  5. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:
    Totally awesome review about a totally awesome author! Sarah M. Craditt, Anne Rice, and Dickens all in the same breath. Go to Sarah’s blog now and find links to purchase her novels St. Charles at Dusk and The Storm and the Darkness.

  6. Congrats! I’ve heard only good things about your writing, and have your book to read on my Kindle. I’m sure you deserve every success. This was a wonderful thing!

    1. The fact that you’ve heard anything at all about my writing is really flattering and made my day 🙂 Thank you so much. And I hope you enjoy it…I’d love to hear your feedback when you’ve finished.

  7. After reading all of my Anne Rice books again recently I felt very sad. I just knew I would not find another series to love like I do The Mayfair Witches. Of course I love all of her books but the witches are my favorite. Anyway, I am so glad that I found your series! I downloaded the first book today and I can’t wait to get started reading! I have a feeling they are going to have me hooked!

    1. Jennifer, thank you for this note! I have often felt the same way about the Mayfair series (which was a huge inspiration for mine), which is why I inevitably re-read it ever so often. You’ll have to come back and let me know what you think of the books (the series, in my opinion, really starts to gain momentum around The Illusions of Eventide). Enjoy!

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