Book Club Banter: Finding connections

By Hillard Sharpe,WCU student and Blue Ridge Books Intern | Jun 25, 2014

On Saturday, June 7, authors Lynne M. Hinkey and Amy R. Biddle shared a glimpse of their newest books, how the ideas for these very hilarious books were conceived and helped us see how easy two writers from dissimilar regions and backgrounds are connected to one another, as well as how media connects us together by influencing our beliefs.

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties,” Friedrich Nietzsche said of connections. In one way, or another, we are all connected. Whether the connections that bind us together be the area we live in, the language we speak, the forms of entertainment we enjoy, or the common and sometimes peculiar beliefs we build and share as a culture.

Lynne M. Hinkey and Amy R. Biddle share more than the common bond of being writers, they share a love for the sea and producing hilarious stories that deal with the root of what it is to be human.

Hinkey said she became inspired to write "Ye Gods: A Tale of Dogs and Demons" while attending her residency in the Puerto Rico in the early 1990s. That’s right, Dr. Hinkey is a marine biologist whose passion to produce fascinating, humorous mysteries around the ocean setting is only matched for her love for ocean life and animals.

"Ye Gods: A Tale of Dogs and Demons" follows Jack Halliman, a writer and minor character from Hinkey’s novel, "Marina Melee" (2011). Jack and his dog, Henna, are on vacation in the beautiful and paranoid islands of Puerto Rico to find a cure for his writer’s block.

However, Jack finds himself in the middle of a myth mystery built on human connections and political gossip, which has become a mystery he must solve if he’s ever going to write again.

Amy R. Biddle is a young merchant marine from Virginia. Her first novel, "The Atheist’s Prayer," is a story in the vein of writer Christopher Moore ("A Love Story Trilogy;" "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal").

"The Atheist’s Prayer" reads like a southern novel. It is about Candy, a cocaine-dealing stripper. Years earlier in California, following a solar eclipse, nineteen people were found dead holding hands and wearing fairy wings. Now it is up to Candy to prove it’s going to happen again, but no one is listening but Santa.

Both of these insanely funny reads reveal connections that make us human. How did we turn the murder of livestock in 1995 into ancient myth? Why have we stopped believing with our own eyes and listening to gossip? Read these books, have a laugh, and think on the connections that lead our lives.

Book Club Banter is brought to you by the Haywood County Library and Blue Ridge Books.

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