The goal of Arlene Miller Creative Writing is to recognize & support various forms of creative expression. To achieve that goal, this blog will profile actors, artists, author and musicians with articles acknowledging their work.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author JB Coffman. Coffman has written two books, Roote 66 and Dead Club: The Case of the Sad Girl. She is a talented storyteller, a charismatic, sensitive and intelligent woman with a delightfully infectious personality. What struck me most about Coffman is that she is attuned to people: Her books tap into the uniqueness of the individual and how we use our inner strength to rise above life’s challenges.
#Roote66 #DeadClubTheCaseoftheSadGirl Why you should read books by JB Coffman by Tracy Diane Miller
If you don’t know this author’s name, then you are missing out on some great books!
I am a passionate book lover. Typically, I read 3 books a week (The unsung benefit of insomnia). I write over 100 book reviews a year. When it comes to reading, I am a glutton who eagerly devours books. As a reviewer for The Nerdy Girl Express and Readers Review Room, I am able to parlay my appetite for books into more than a hobby: I am a professional book reviewer.
On Twitter, I’m constantly searching for new authors. It was quite fortuitous last month when I discovered author JB Coffman.
Immediately, I downloaded her book Roote 66. Roote 66 is a poignant story of self-discovery, survival and new beginnings set against the backdrop of The Bend, a small town locale that becomes a haven for an eclectic group of people. Evan Brom (Ev), a former forensic accountant, takes a road trip along Route 66 to help him heal from heartache following an unspeakable tragedy. He meets Lorraine Addison (Rainey), a waitress in Maxie’s, who masks her own pain and insecurities under a tough exterior. These two wounded souls, as unlikely as oil and water, emerge as kindred spirits.
The charm of Roote 66 (get the book to find out the creative genius behind the unusual title) is that it is a work that focuses on the resiliency of the human spirit. Coffman creates real characters who don’t boast a magical pedigree. Consequently, their ability to survive that often tumultuous thing that we call life is predicated on their own courage. In addition, Coffman’s characters are purposely flawed which is a good thing. I find that it is easier for me to relate to characters who don’t have all of the answers, who stumble and fall. Finally, in writing as she does, Coffman proves that she is an astute observer of human behavior. Roote 66 is both entertaining and informative.
On the heels of the splendor of Roote 66, Coffman gives readers her latest release, Dead Club: The Case of the Sad Girl. The title is quite a mouthful as is the amazing literary adventure that Coffman takes us on. Dead Club: The Case of the Sad Girl doesn’t pigeonhole itself under one genre. The book is a combination of paranormal, psychological thriller, crime drama, mystery and suspense. Coffman gives us strong children and adult characters who battle an evil that is supernatural. I particularly like Coffman’s spin on a ghost story that isn’t your typical ghost story. Here we have themes of belonging, family, friends, guilt, forgiveness- and the possibility of romance- creating a tapestry of exquisite storytelling. Also, Coffman is able to use the stain of historical racism as well as social/economic bias in her narrative. Too often, authors shy away from diverse characters (particularly racially diverse or characters of different sexual orientations) for fear of offending prospective readers. Yet, Coffman champions revealing diversity in her books: Coffman’s fictional world reflects the world as it really is. And lest you think that she is an author who overdoses the reader on intense emotional scenes, Coffman balances her narrative with dialogue that shows an appreciation for pop culture.
If you don’t know that name, then you are missing out on some great books. You can easily rectify that situation by picking up a copy of Roote 66 and Dead Club: The Case of the Sad Girl.
To buy JB Coffman’s books:
Interview With Dead Club: The Case of the Sad Girl author @JoBelleCee via @tdmiller820917
Book Review- Dead Club: The Case of the Sad Girl by @JoBelleCee via @tdmiller820917
@JoBelleCee Book Review: Roote 66 by JB Coffman via @tdmiller820917