I received this review/email yesterday for Apotheosis, and well, I damned near cried.
Dear Ms Bartley,
I grew up with the visions of distant galaxies and worlds beyond my imagination. I thought that vision would not be fueled anymore after The Return of the Jedi. Suddenly on a family trip, while at the airport, I saw my first Star Wars novel on the shelves. I asked my dad for money and that book became my vacation’s most prized memory.
That was the day I started my journey into fantasy.
In this journey I’ve encountered many magical tales and worlds, and recently I stumbled upon Apotheosis on Amazon. I read it over a period of 6 days. I was fascinated on how you modeled Olympus; I had never seen the ancient gods in this realistic, modern day light, and dealing with the problems you point out throughout the story. I love how Ely is thrown into a world that although familiar to her, challenges her beyond her comprehension. You also might enjoy knowing I’ve spent the last fifteen years trying to follow somewhat in your footsteps, as a novelist, creating worlds of my own. One day, if I’m published, I hope to send you a copy of my work.
Your writing introduced me to a wonderful universe of gods, deceit, and characters that have inspired me. I enjoyed especially the journey Ely goes through with her life changing and taking her place as a god. I also like that your style is epic and cinematic.
After many years, I now believe I might be ready for a publisher. My love, The Eternal Summons, tells the story of two young soldiers in a distant galaxy who find themselves fighting off an enemy invasion, their former mentors, and their families while trying to escape a living planet that has them trapped inside it.
Today I am a better writer because of you, in many ways. One of the most important is that your writings on Ely helped me see how to write a better main female character. I love how she is full of life, but courageous and tough under the circumstances she is faced with. If you ever accept an advance reading copy of a novel by a new author who’s one of your newest fans, let me know. You’ll be at the top of my list if my work is published. But I’m already appreciative of what you’ve done to help in my pursuit as a writer. That alone, is everything.