Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
A recent book I loved was A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl. I picked it up at the library and the jacket copy was enough to make me check it out:Visit S.A. Bodeen's website.Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.I mean come on, cult sci-fi show? Comic cons? What’s not to love? As it turned out, there was so much more to love about the book. Valerie’s story intersected with others in the industry, including a writer and a comic book artist, all trying to answer their own questions about their lives and professions, amidst the backdrop of conventions rife with insider politics. The story is told not only through the eyes of Val and Alex, but also the others, and although Val is closed off because of a slowly revealed tragedy in her past with Alex’s father, who happened to be her co-star, her eyes open to the possibility of letting others in to her and Alex’s life. I loved the backstory of the publishing world, as well as how quickly I came to care for the main characters. Definitely a great read.