Elizabeth Levy: NY Times “Best Book of the Year” Author
I love Ken Derby’s writing – and humor, but I actually don’t like to be scared – perhaps that why I write funny/scary novels. I want the characters I love to survive. So when Ken asked if I would read his new manuscript, which went to very dark places, I had some worries. But I fell in love with the characters. Ken’s characters – particularly Ethan, the boy whose genuine love takes him to threatening places, hooked me from the beginning. I could feel Ethan’s humanity; he’s a funny, man/boy struggling to hold onto his sanity in places and situations where it would be nearly impossible for most anyone to pull off. Almost all of us, adults and young adults, remember and know what it feels like to be trapped by the choices that we have made in life. Moreover, the devotion and friendship between Ethan and his best friend, Attila (a wonderful name for a character) shine throughout the story, and almost act as our guides as the story takes us to places both mysterious and frightening, but also ironically, very human. Bloodstained Love is a gripping tale that reminds us that life can take us to unimaginable, evil places.
Elizabeth Levy is the author of over 90 books for children and adults, including several Book of the Month Club selections, and has been chosen twice by the New York Times “Best Books of the Year.” For her book, My Life as a Fifth Grade Comedian, she studied stand-up comedy, and for America’s Funny but True Histories she worked with The Daily Show’s writer and Emmy Award winner, J.R. Havlan. “Levy has great comedic timing and writes with a depth of feeling.” Publishers Weekly.