I think I just might be in love with KB Draper’s writing. Dramedy is difficult to pull off, but so is this genre of adventure-comedy, which I would call “Adventurdy.” Since I am both a reader and a writer, I have two categories in which to sing her praises.
First, as a reader: Spirits Smirits is immediately engaging, laugh out loud funny, and a happy circus of quirky humans, clever monsters and universal themes that will have you on tenterhooks drying out after feeling you have experienced everything right along with the main character. And that main character is a doozy, but Draper never allows her heroine to be sullied by perfection. She’s that friend you wish you had–the one who obliterates all the dull moments in your life, with just the right combination of flawed and interesting. And her heroine is my heroine. I’m addicted.
As an aside, the sex scenes are also fantastic. No tedious play by play that smacks of the author’s need to live vicariously through her characters. Just a form of poetry with a dash of salacious levity.
I’m a picky reader, and it takes a lot to get me to read an entire book. That’s why I usually stick with authors who have proved themselves reliably able to tell a cracking good story without the slew of elementary errors so often found in Indie fiction. So far, Draper never disappoints, and Spirits Smirits is a flash-tour through a fantasy landscape that is as believable as it is absurd. It’s a literary meal of porterhouse steak with pistachio pudding pie for dessert. While wearing a propeller beanie.
I hardly ever read in the paranormal genre, but I don’t care, when it comes to KB Draper. She could write about vacuuming the lint out of her coat pockets, and I’d be riveted.
As a writer, let me say first, full disclosure: I am jealous. Jealous, that KB can pack so much wit into every sentence, and still manage to craft a compelling plot and characters you are forced to love. Jealous that she can write action scenes that have me white-knuckled and laughing. It’s like being on a roller coaster, if you love roller coasters. I might have to kill her and steal her next unpublished manuscript. She hasn’t been clacking the keys very long, but she writes like someone with 30 years’ experience. She can turn a phrase like a chef with a spatula.
Contrarily, the creation of a book is hard for me. I spend a lot of time struggling to get it the way I want it. For KB it seems effortless. She has a natural talent for the craft. Her command of character voice is second to none. Her pacing is excellent enough to give you paper cuts if it was a paper book, but on an eReader, it’s excellent enough to give you repetitive stress injuries in your swiping finger. Her character development and their endearment to a reader is spot-on.
Draper has a long, bright future as a kick-ass author. I hope she’s got high powered sunglasses. The glare is going to be out of this world.