Author Guest Post
The Spring of My Discontent (Part 1)
From time to time, someone will ask me about the inspiration for my book. I always share the following story:
I was visiting Barcelona for a short solo vacation. I had spent days imbibing the culture, the wine, and the food. And I was struck at how these people – people outside the States – often seemed content on less. I’m not suggesting they are happier than Americans; I’m saying they seemed content with less: fewer cars, smaller homes/apartments, more vacation, less obsessed with their 401K plans.
It made me wonder – what makes me content? And was I content with all I had done up to that moment? At the end of the journey – and not the European journey but life’s journey – would I be able to look back and be content with my life?
That introspection inspired the book.
I had said many times (since I was 10) that I wanted to write a book. Finally, I was compelled to finish it and to put a check mark beside one of the items on my “bucket list.” I was determined that I wouldn’t look back in “shoulda, woulda, couda.” I wouldn’t look back in discontent.
And the plot? Well it seemed natural that the plot should be about life’s journey – about being imperfect, about accepting ourselves and accepting others, about friendship and love, about mistakes … about striving to improve but trying to be content. Fast forward 2-3 years, the book is published and reviews begin to come in. Some people love the book; others hate it. And while I cherish everyone who says, “I love this book, it reminds me of me and my friends,” and I value the feedback of all those who despised the book, in the end it’s about neither one. In the end, it’s about my journey, my step forward, my work to do all the things I should and I that can. Is that easy? Definitely not. But I know that the world holds a beautiful tapestry of diverse people who are meant to be enjoyed. That life is a journey, while fraught with danger, is meant to be taken, and that contentment and happiness – the kind that comes from giving – is meant to be pursued fiercely.
So I will strive to know my character. Continue to improve and connect with others. Find contentment. Be happy.
May you do the same, Dear Reader; may you do the same.
About The Author
You can find him wandering around his loft most times of the night. His friends say his sarcasm belies a warm heart and he's tried MATCH.com not once but twice.
Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh is his first novel. It's a fictional story of love, friendship, acceptance, and the journey we take to make ourselves better each day. He hopes that those who purchase it will enjoy reading it as much as he enjoyed writing it.
Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh by Timothe Davis
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: May 16, 2012
Format: Paperback - 302 pages / Kindle - 965 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Romantic Comedy
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Jordan thought that their friendship would last forever. But with each day, they drift further apart. Should he fight for the friends who have become his family? Or has the season of their friendship past?
Set to the soundtrack of his life, Jordan Spencer will learn that in a world full of sex, lies, and drag queens, that even the best of friends occasionally lie to each other. Sometimes they cry for each other. But in the end, sometimes ya just gotta laugh."
My Book Review:
In his debut novel, Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh, author Timothe Davis weaves a humorous and entertaining tale about the longtime friendship relationships between three friends: Jordan, Gabby and Chris. As the reader follows along with the life experiences and trials and tribulations of the three friends, it is a realistic portrayal of the changing dynamic within friendships that happens over time, everyone can relate to it and snicker as they remember their own friendships.
The author makes it so easy to connect with the three friends, the snapshot of a year in their lives reflects their experiences, struggles, and dilemmas, there is a great mixture of humor and emotion throughout the story that makes it so much fun to follow along.
I loved that each chapter started with song lyrics that relates to the narrative within that chapter, it set the tone for the characters' experiences that was very apropos and thoughtful. The author tackles some very sensitive social issues within the story: intimacy, domestic abuse, addiction, sexual orientation, and various relationship dynamics; all situations that are realistic and easy for the reader to relate to. Who hasn't ever wondered about their friendships and the lengths that they would go to maintain the ties that bind them together? As we all journey through our life experiences, we experience the full gamut of emotions, and the author's take on the best way to get through life is sometimes ya gotta laugh is right on the mark!
Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh is a thought provoking and humorous take on friendships that could be a soundtrack from everyone's life!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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