Mandy Eve-Barnett's Blog for Readers & Writers
What inspired your latest novel?
I lost a loved one to suicide and felt that there were so many misconceptions—or plain lack of knowledge—about what survivors experience, I wanted to shed light and give voice this loss like no other. The book also examines the cultural complexities that come with this kind of loss, as the characters of East Indian descent. Writing the book was also a way for me to process my grief and transmute the pain into something artful, hopeful.
How did you come up with the title?
SIDE BY SIDE refers first and foremost to the closeness of the relationship between the siblings in the novel, Kavita and Sunil. But it also refers to the themes examined in the novel, such as love and grief, loss and healing, self-destruction and self-discovery, universal experiences that often occur side by side.
Is there a message in your novel that…
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Dearest Anita, I do not know where to start….your book Side by Side is phenomenal. I received it two days ago, and I was not able to put it down. Your story touched me in more ways than one and will resonate with me forever. Thank you so much for sharing. Looking forward to your next book. Love and Hugs to you and Noodles xxx
Dear Lynne! I’ve been thinking about you. How wonderful that you wrote! Thank you so much for your thoughts about the book and it means the world to me that it resonated with you, much more than I can ever say. Thank you for your support, my friend! If it’s not too much trouble, and only if you have the time, I was wondering if you might share a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon? I always feel awkward asking, but the reviews really do help the visibility of the book. But no pressure at all! I just thought I would ask. ;-) Noodles is enjoying watching the snowfall from the warmth and safety of the indoors, haha! How is the new year going for you so far? I hope everything is going wonderfully so far and my deepest thanks again! Love and hugs to you! XOXO
Hi Anita, It will be my pleasure. I will gladly do a review for you. I have never done one before, so this will be a first for me :-)
Everything is great here thank you, and soaking up the sun whenever I can. Glad all continues to be well with Noodles. Love and Hugs. xxx
Hi Lynne! I hope you enjoyed a lovely, sun-filled weekend. We got a lot of snow! Thank you so much for agreeing to write a review. It’s such a huge help to me. These days online reviews are mostly readers sharing theirs impressions. Hopefully your first time will be a fun experience! I’m so happy to hear that all is well where you are! Thank you again, friend and sending love and hugs your way! :-) xoxoxo
Hi Anita, I was not able to do a review on Amazon, the site said I did not qualify, maybe because I did not buy your book from them. I will continue to try and hope……anyway did a review on Goodreads. I hope it came out okay..
Take care and keep warm.
Enjoy your day my friend. Love and Hugs to you and Noodles. xxx
Hello lovely Lynne! Thank ylu from the bottom of my heart for posti g your review! 😊🙏💜I have heard that Amazon can be restrictive that way, I’m sorry about that. Please don’t worry about it. The Goodreads is perfect! Thank you again for your support, my friend! Sending love and hugs across the ocean! 💜💜💜
Thank you for the love and hugs my friend <3 <3 <3 and same to you xxx