A Fine New Book from One of Our Own

My new buddy Jane Fenton has added a sparkling novel to this region’s list of recent writer achievements. It’s Repo Girl and, truth be told, it is a difficult book to put down once you start. Actually, it’s such a fast read that you won’t need much.

This one involves a young woman embarking on a new job as an automobile repossession pro and her first repo is of a canary yellow Mustang at a wedding. It belongs to the groom.

The book is sprinkled with Andi Sloan’s adventures–culminating with finding a dead body and being accused of murder. It features a budding love story with her rock ‘n’ roll boyfriend, all set in the Roanoke Valley. Jane used to live here, but lives in Ferrum now.

Jane Fenton at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference.

I get a bunch of first books to read from would-be writers every year, but most aren’t worth the effort it takes to read turn the pages. Jane’s is as good as any novel I’ve read in the past six months–most from major publishers–and my guess is that she has a Big 5 publisher in her future, if she wants one.

Repo Girl is published by Blue Morpho Books, which Jane founded last year, and has already published several books. Entrepreneur and writer: seems to be the way to go these days.

I think Jane has a brighter future than a small press in a small town.

Jane’s book is available on Amazon and at Book No Further, Upcycled Gifts, and her  website

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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