Jamie Haines, V.P. Of American Public Television gives me her honest review:
“By the title, I anticipated that “Filled With Nothing” would lead me down a tragic path with a disheartening ending. What I found was a story of the tragic truth of what is happening to our children all across the country in terms of disconnected families, parents and friends – a disconnection that all too often ends in the demise of a young person whose life could have gone in a very different direction with just a little help, hope and encouragement. What I found in this book was HOPE. It is a good parable for those who think they have no power to help change the life of another. One friend … one adult…just one other person can help someone who has taken self-exile as the chosen path to a new world. I loved the use of a friend who is blind. Her “sight” and insight provide a wonderful foil for our broken hero. Her parents and their simple assessment of the situation make simple, everyday life a ceremony. Breaking out of the chain of self loathing and becoming someone who just might gain self respect takes our main character into a new realm: the realm of possibility. I think my favorite part of the book is the very end: you get to imagine those possibilities! This should be required reading for middle schoolers who privately face the judgment of their peers — regardless of where they sit on the popularity chain. They need to know they are not alone and that it is OK to start building the network of friends and others who can help early on…before they get to the ultimate environs of peer pressure: high school and college. Great job! “
A few people have asked me who my favorite character is. All of them are so near and dear to me. It’s like talking about your family on the first date. I’m hesitant to say. My favorite character is actually Tommy, for many reasons. First of all, he is the comic relief. He breaks the tension. Secondly, he is the pivotal character that represents a turning point in the story. Although it’s not explicit, in the back of your mind you just know that when Tommy arrives on the scene that, somehow, everything just might be okay. I also love how Tommy just shows up, out of nowhere and he is weird and quirky and talented and very charismatic. So, yeah, Tommy is my favorite character. He was the one character that was unexpected, even to me. Now, can you name the major character in this book who does not have a name? In fact, the only one.
Today I signed my novel for David Rocco of The Cooking Channel. Such a nice guy!
It’s amazing and very gratifying how friends that you have not seen in years come forward to tell you that they loved your book. What a great feeling!
“I am so glad I got this book. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. McAdoo several years ago. He was a smart and remarkable man who could do anything and this book proves he has many talents.
He tells the story of a young man living a not so wonderful life.. His life takes a bad turn when he is badly beaten while minding his own business. His feelings of worthlessness shows throughout the story until a new family moves in next to his home and shows him through their kindness that he isn’t worthless at all, that there are people who do care about others.
He sees that the detective assigned to his case doesn’t let up in finding the culprits who beat him, the social worker assigned to help him with the emotional trauma and helps him get to his various appointments and the family next door who, without hesitation, take him into their family and treats him like one of their own. With the help of these strangers, they help him realize that he isn’t worthless, that he does have the potential to be a great young man and has talents of his own.
As you read this story, you will see that with the help of these strangers, he has the courage to take charge of his life and finds the ways to help heal the wounds he has had throughout his life. You will go through different emotions as you read this book. I know I did.”
The book is now available in paperback if you just can’t get into your kindle at the beach!
This is the blue watch that solved the crime in FWN. Sometimes you get ideas from the watch that you wear on your hand every day. I am getting a lot of emails from people who want to write. My advice is just write. I write three pages every day when I wake up, or shortly thereafter. I write on paper because I love the feel of my pen flowing out my words. No matter how crazy or insane the idea is, it’s okay. I always carry a notebook with me and sometimes, when inspired, stop at a coffee shop or library and write for hours, which seem like minutes when you are in the flow. Carefully observe everything. Open up all of your senses to what is going on. Be willing to hang out with lots of other writers and artists and absorb ideas. I go for long bike rides, walks and swims and that is when I have most of my creative bubble-ups. Writing is subconcious. You cannot force it. You can only allow it. When you are ready. And reading a lot helps, too.
I write all of it by hand, on pen and paper, in notebooks. I always write in public. I can’t write at home.