Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: I wrote this book about my beloved sister because she is a unique woman and led such a fascinating life; I wrote it to appeal to adults and the mainstream market. It’s an epic love story/mystery/thriller that ––judging by reviews on Amazon.com––is appealing to men as well as women and more mature teens … people from all walks of life.
Q: What the book is about?
A: This story is part fiction (faction?), but based on the life of my beautiful older sister and her seven marriages. This is from the publisher’s description: ” … sixty-four years–1933 to 1997–of happiness and tragedy. Always searching for her first love and her childhood, the enchanting child/woman captivates many men along the way, each wealthier than the one before … each sending her scurrying back to her childhood home, 1106 Grand Boulevard, a trail of broken hearts in her wake.”
“1106 Grand Boulevard” is the story of passions that last a lifetime; of family love and betrayal; of spousal abuse and sadistic child abuse; a story of Billie Jean’s desperate search for happiness, self-worth, and maturity … a story of people needing people and people using people.”
Q: Why I am the best person to write this book?
A: Since I’ve always been a writer and am the sister of the main character in the book, I’m the only one who could do justice to her complex character … her exciting life.
Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?:
A: In most love stories the heroine is married only once; how unrealistic is that in today’s world? As award-winning author Frank Nappi said in his review: “The resiliency of Dravis’s heroine, Billie Jean, is indeed refreshing, wonderfully antithetical to the all too common saccharine, off-putting portrayal of many of fiction’s leading ladies.” Nappi is the author of the new sensational novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler and Echoes from the Infantry.
Q: Is there anything else to know about this book?
A: The title of 1106 Grand Boulevard is the actual Ohio hometown address of the author and the main characters in the book. The cover photo is a picture of her late father, John D. Barger, at age 90, while the home viewed through the car window is 1106. Dravis took the photo when her father drove her and the book’s heroine past the home while they were visiting from California in the 1980s.