As a member of the FB writers’ group Author Central, I virtually met Betty Dravis along the way a few months ago. When groups contain hundreds of authors, as a newbie I tend to sideline and try to learn from the pros and do what I can to support and learn from my writer colleagues.
One day I got a message from Betty telling me she would get around to reviewing my books, but was very busy. Certainly I was grateful, and taken aback a bit because I didn’t think she knew I was around. Like I do with all reviewers, I sent her kindle copies of my books. With her book promotion of her own “Star Struck” I downloaded and gobbled it down it short order. After that, I decided that one Betty book wasn’t enough; I downloaded “1106 Grand Boulevard.” Reviews are below.
Review of “Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and other Hollywood Icons” by Betty Dravis
“Star Struck” is a fun read by ace author Betty Dravis that to me tells the events in her life as she experienced it. Most of us do not meet and interview famous people; therefore beyond film preferences or politics, such a meeting is aptly described as “Star Struck.” Betty does not describe these individuals as better than anyone else, it’s the meeting and talking with them on a conversational level brings home part of how these people became famous in the first place. From Mr. Clint Eastwood, to Senator Kennedy to Jane Russell, this is a great look at the famous from a non-tabloid viewpoint that I found refreshing. Five Stars!
Review of “1106 Grand Boulevard” by Betty Dravis
“1106 Grand Boulevard” by Betty Dravis is a biographical account of Billie Jean, a lovely girl married young during the Depression, and the reader travels her life with her, as she experiences early domestic violence, loss, family support, and a trail of heartbreak and broken hearts, while at the same time a hearty dose of laughter. Billie Jean isn’t perfect and doesn’t pretend to be, and like many of us, it takes a lifetime of experiences to figure out what she really wants in life; but that’s the message; the journey is what life is all about. This is a wonderful read with almost every issue especially important to women: Marriage, children, divorce, independence, domestic disturbances, and forgiveness fully addressed leaving the reader with a smile. Five Stars!
Women’s issues do not eclipse men’s issues, but the emphasis regarding books and films tends to be different. Not that it’s all exclusive; I’ve known several men that secretly (very secretly) voice a liking to Lifetime films, and I like Tom Clancy and “Fight Club.” But women are often mothers, and as mothers, they love their children and the fathers of their children play a great part of the lives of many women, be it for better or for worse. Also, with my sister’s death due to domestic violence as my springboard to my writing journey, that’s an important topic to me personally. As an admirer of many genres, Women’s Literature, fiction or non-fiction, remains a standby favorite to read, though it’s not a genre that I write. While I don’t consider myself an oracle of any type, I don’t see Women’s Literature leaving the publishing industry anytime soon.
One does not need to spend much time on amazon to find Betty Dravis, who has reviewed well over seven hundred books! (With me at now forty-nine, I doubt I’ll catch her). Not only has she shared her experiences and has reached out to many new authors, she knows somewhere along the line, everyone that has a dream needs someone to push them a notch forward. That’s what Betty does; she doesn’t need to prove herself to anyone as an accomplished journalist and writer. This is her way of giving something back, she’s giving we new authors a chance at our dream, and may her many days be blessed.