Bruce E. Arrington

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Bruce takes your average, everyday characters and upends their lives through unusual and powerful circumstances. He authored the teen Josh Anvil series, the Fallen Powers series and shorter stories. Currently Bruce teaches in a small K-12 school, and enjoys challenging students to be their creative best. He writes mostly during the summer, but throughout the year is drawn back into his writing adventures as time allows.

Bruce enjoys reading and reviewing other authors' works through a variety of channels including Amazon, Goodreads, Readers' Favorite, and his web site pipedreamreviews.com.

Visit online at www.pipedreambooks.com and
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Bruce E. Arrington Hi Michael. Thanks for the question, and yes, there is a story behind it.

Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door was my first completed, published novel. I…more
Hi Michael. Thanks for the question, and yes, there is a story behind it.

Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door was my first completed, published novel. I started the book in 2008 and it came out in 2012. At the time I was happy with the result.

Along the way I wrote other books in the series and continued reading excellent works by other authors. When going back to the first book for reference, I began to notice things that frankly annoyed me as a reader. I wasn't concerned with the book reviews, but I was with what I as a reader found to be lacking: what I wanted to read wasn't all there. There were some little things, like Josh's name, for instance, that was repeated so many more times than needed. And revealing a mystery before its time. But that wasn't all. It seemed to be missing...something. But what?

I complained about this to my editor, John Albers. In a nutshell I said that when I am old I want to be able to sit down and enjoy reading this book, but right now I couldn't do it.

John graciously replied to my complaint and agreed to take on the project, explaining that he felt it could use "substantive editing". A narrative voice that helped the reader enjoy some parts of the story for longer periods of time instead of just flying through and feeling unsatisfied. Filling in the gaps where I couldn't see them. Developing the scenes more where, frankly, my skills to do it were lacking.

He took about six months to complete the story, and I insisted he take his time with it so he could do his best work. This way he wouldn't need to hurry while his other writing projects came along. I believe this is one of the keys to the success of this tale.

The result? A much more satisfying read. Now when I read through it, I laugh a lot more, I want to stay in Josh's world longer, and I'm much happier with the story. John Albers skillfully brought to the narrative what I could not--more humor, more "filling in the gaps" so to speak.

Collaborating with professional artists and editors in the independent publishing world allows all partners to bring their expertise to the table. Together they can create a wonderful story experience that none of them could ever achieve alone. I believe this to be one of those success stories.
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Bruce E. Arrington Hi Glyndon--

Sorry for the long wait. Part of the book is done, but this summer, due to the loss of my recording studio, the entire project has been…more
Hi Glyndon--

Sorry for the long wait. Part of the book is done, but this summer, due to the loss of my recording studio, the entire project has been put on hold. I hope to return to it before too much time goes by, but I don't have a definite timeframe yet. Thanks so much for your patience!(less)
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