Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I was blown away by a letter I just received about my novel Imprudent Zeal. Forgive the gloating, but I have to share. The letter said:

Alec, I have been reading "Imprudent Zeal" with equal parts - big parts - shock and admiration. Admiration for your great courage in telling a story that must be to some degree autobiographical; one that is brimming with immense intelligence, empathy, humor and compassion. Shock because - well, it's just always a shock to discover a gifted writer of fiction right in one's own backyard. Thank you so much for writing this book. Thank you for bringing to light the life-changing, real-life work of Everything for Everybody and its members. And thank you for asking fundamental questions through the voice of Jack Scully/Scully McDonald and all of your characters. This novel is like a gorgeous prism that flashes the unique struggles of very different kinds of individuals, from the known to the anonymous.

... I couldn't restrain myself from saying how damn good the book is! I am saving the last 30 pages of IZ to read - unhurried - tonight after work. Congratulations on a very fine piece of writing. - Lisa Kinoshita, artist, Tacoma, Wash.

Wow! I'm so pleased. When I hear things like that I feel like Sally Fields when she won the Oscar: "You like me! You really like me!"

Imprudent Zeal and all of my books are available on amazon.com


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Now I am even more curious to read the book!

Alec Clayton said...

Then by all means please do.