Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What is T.J. Forrester reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: T.J. Forrester, author of Miracles, Inc..

His entry begins:
I recently finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. The plot provided enough tension to keep me interested, but Lisbeth Salander made me hunker under the lamp and turn pages late into the night. I'm a sucker for dysfunctional characters who are capable of change, and I enjoyed watching her relationship with Mikael Blomkvist grow as the adventure progressed.

At the moment I am perusing the Appalachian Trail Data Book, the section north of Damascus, Virginia, where the mountains open into wide spaces in the Grayson Highlands. I was there earlier this year, and it was...[read on]
Among the early praise for Miracles, Inc.:
Miracles, Inc. by T. J. Forrester is a kind of miracle itself. Pleasure and humor and suspense are guaranteed, double-d. Forrester is that good—like Elmore Leonard writing Elmer Gantry. Hot dog!”
—Clyde Edgerton, author of The Bible Salesman

“T.J. Forrester has achieved with his debut novel a rare blend of suspense, satire, and flawed but sympathetic characters. More than just a literary page-turner, Miracles, Inc. asks important questions about religion, belief, and the exploitation of our nation’s faithful that I’m sure to be thinking about for a long time to come.”
—Amy Greene, bestselling author of Bloodroot

“A vibrant first novel . . . Showing the push-the-envelope spirit of a Terry Southern, Forrester has the makings of a formidable talent.”
Kirkus (starred review)
Read Chapter 1 of Miracles, Inc., and learn more about the book and author at T.J. Forrester's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: Miracles, Inc.

Writers Read: T.J. Forrester.

--Marshal Zeringue