owner Robin Tidwell is used to selling books. Now, she's getting into the world of writing them.
Tidwell's first book is, "Reduced", published by Rocking Horse, a thriller set locally in St. Louis in a world where a biological agent is about to be tested. "Post-apocalyptic novel or prescience? Reduced is a world where mankind's worst enemy is itself, and survival seems an impossible, distant hope that is buoyed and sustained only by the unexpected love of a child," is how the book is described by one writer.
Tidwell said the idea came in part after a dream she had, with a vision of a woman shooting up a convenience store. Tidwell went back to bed without writing anything down but said she still remembered it when she woke up. "Eighty thousand words later," she said at a Friday party celebrating the book's launch, "the end," she deadpanned.
The experience of being a novelist is forcing the bookseller to look at the distribution chain in a different light.
"As a bookstore owner, I'm not a fan of amzaon, they undercut us big-time, but as an author, they do help me get my book out there, very economically," Tidwell said.
She's already working on a sequel that Tidwell says will answer who the "bad guys" in the original may or may not be.