Friday, January 4, 2019

J.D. Trafford

J.D. Trafford is the bestselling author of Little Boy Lost, which recently broke 100,000 copies sold. His newest book is Good Intentions.

Last year I asked the author about what he was reading. Trafford's reply:
I love reading, usually I read for thirty minutes to an hour before bed. It's a wonderful opportunity to wind-down at the end of the day. I recently finished two books featuring a main character named Virgil and take place in Minnesota.

The first was Leif Enger's Virgil Wander. It was a wonderful book, although much more slow moving than the books I usually prefer, about Virgil (the title's namesake) who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury that occurred when his car went off the road during a snowstorm. It takes place in a fictional small town in northern Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. As Virgil Wander rediscovers himself, the reader is introduced to a cast of quirky characters (think "Northern Exposure") and hints of something a little more sinister going on in Virgil's hometown. I loved Leif Enger's first novel, Peace Like a River, which was published over fifteen years ago. So, I was really looking forward to this one, and it did not disappoint me. Leif incorporates some subtle supernatural elements to all of his books, and I like that. It inspires me to push boundaries in my own writing.

I also just finished Holy Ghost by John Sandford. In this book, Sandford continues his series featuring Virgil Flowers. Sandford is best known for his Lucas Davenport "Prey" books, but his Virgil Flowers books are slowly becoming my favorite. Rather than dealing with serial killers, the Virgil Flower's books are lighter and a little more humorous. They focus on quirky characters in small-town, southern Minnesota. In Holy Ghost, Virgil Flowers is asked to investigate a shooting that occurred outside a small-town church where there had been recent ghost sightings. Sandford is the master of pacing, and I love reading his books and studying how he constructs the mystery and keeps readers turning pages. Holy Ghost is a winner
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--Marshal Zeringue