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Book review: Jill Bowers' 'Immortal Writers' takes creating characters to the next level: the real world

Posted 12:00 p.m. Monday

"IMMORTAL WRITERS," by Jill Bowers, Blue Moon Publisher, $17.03, 289 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

Local author Jill Bowers' “Immortal Writers” takes an inventive approach to the role of writers as creators.

Young author Liz McKinnen achieved fame for her fantasy writing when she was only 18 years old. The process of writing helped her overcome some challenges in her chaotic personal life, until one day she is kidnapped by William Shakespeare himself. Shakespeare informs her that some writers are so powerful with their words that their creations cross from the Imagination Field to the Reality Field. These writers become immortal but gain the responsibility of taking care of the havoc created by their characters.

Liz’s fantasy story has brought an evil sorcerer and dragon lord, Kenric, into the real world and only she can get rid of him. In the process, she meets her self-created idea of the ultimate hero and man, Curtis, who is her sword trainer. There’s also Healer, who is the embodiment of the mother Liz always wished she’d had.

The main problem is Kenric is all the bad parts of Liz. To defeat him, she will need to face some of her worst fears. Liz was abused by her stepfather as a child, which spiraled into more problems in her adolescence. The success of her book was her chance to escape, but to face her antagonist will mean going through it all again and conquering it.

“Immortal Writers” is free of any vulgar or adult language. There is violence, but it is only mildly graphic or gory. The romance is confined to impassioned kisses. There are vague and fleeting references to sexual abuse of a young girl by an adult male. There is also one reference to drug abuse and prostitution as a result of her abusive past. These references are handled well.

Kent Larson loves family, writing prose and poetry, reading, music and movies. He's been teaching English forever and still loves it. He is also a self-published author on Amazon. Find him at linkedin.com/in/MisterLarson.

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