Friday, September 24, 2010

A Boy...A Book...A Flashlight...A True Story

A boy - A Flashlight - A book...A True Story
The reasons why people write are as varied as the number of writers. The following story sums up why I write for readers 8 and up, especially boys.

I received a message on Facebook from a mother who wanted me to know that her ten-year-old son had just written a review for my new book, Lost Island Smugglers. It was posted on Amazon, so I went there, took a look, and found the following:

5 out of 5 stars Peyton's Review

By Diane M. Graham "DMGRAHAM" - See all my reviews

This review is from: Lost Island Smugglers (Paperback)

This is the best book I've ever read in my life. My favorite parts are:

#1 The high speed chase when Sam, Tyler and Tony are chased by the men in large black coats.

#2 The deadly storm when the boat rips in two.

#3 When Sam, Tyler and Tony wash up on Lost Island.

#4 When Sam, Tyler and Tony take a ride in the submarine.

The pictures are awesome and give me a good view of the things in Lost Island Smugglers. I will tell all my friends about it.


I went back to Facebook and sent a note of appreciation to Peyton's mother, Diane, telling her that I had just started a new book for those 8 and up boy readers. I won't disclose the particulars here, but I told her that the name of my hero main character in the story was Logan. After reading the review above, I decided to change his name to Peyton.

Diane wrote back to tell me that she and Peyton had been using my book as a read aloud. They'd finished reading for the night, and the family went to bed. At 1 o'clock in the morning, Diane got up and found Peyton reading my book, under the covers, with a flashlight, because he couldn't wait to see how it would end.

I have a long history of producing films, TV commercials, and video programs. I'm telling you, you couldn't write a better script to help tell other parents, and young readers, that Lost Island Smugglers is a book that young readers find hard to put down. Kids tell me that reading one of my books, " like being in an exciting movie."

Thank you Peyton, and thank you Diane.

Amazon Link for Lost Island Smugglers

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