Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Tour with Author Deirdre Thurston

It’s a pleasure to welcome author Deirdre Thurston here today to celebrate CAUGHT, her recently released book, as she makes a stop on her Pump Up Your Book Virtual Blog Tour.

CAUGHT falls under the genre category of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes. This 210-page book was published by Koehler Books NY and can be purchased at Amazon.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

        A collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like you. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humor and touching observations. The stories highlight our era of increasing social disconnection, in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges people’s ability to stop, observe and interpret their own existence and its relationship with those around them.
        It highlights the everyday moment and provides nourishment for the harried soul. The overriding message in Caught is: that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy; they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits.

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Here a bit of background on Deirdre in her own words.

Author Deirdre Thurston
I’ve been an observer of people my whole life, always intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and what those events take on in the eyes and lives of ordinary people.

As well as seeing — and feeling — the angst and the pain, the fragile hopes and dreams, the joys and the frustrations that make up the human condition, I’ve also always been able to see the funny side.

My vantage points have been from the perspective of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidante — I’ve looked at life through many lenses, yet always my own observations have been enriched by the points of view of the other players in those unfolding dramas.

And always inside of me, from the time I was five years old, has lurked a writer — framing my observations and cataloguing them. Storing them up until I was ready to capture them on paper.

At 57 I began crafting my lifetime of observations into sketches and vignettes. Two years later I knew it was time to start sharing my stories with the world.

For more on Deirdre, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. You can also discuss this book in the Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Club on Goodreads by clicking HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today for Deirdre’s visit. Do you enjoy reading short stories? Do you find that books that fall under more than one genre category are more or less interesting to read?

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  1. Every moment in life shapes us, so it is important. Congratulations, Deirdre.

  2. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. I do like short story collections as interesting alternatives to novels. And it's those 'life moments' that really have an impact. I wish Dierdre success.

  3. I love short stories and the message is lovely!

  4. I really like the description. It's true people are disconnected and many don't stop their fast-paced lives to think things through.


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