I love reading an author’s debut novel. There’s something about the storytelling and character development in that first book that captivates my heart. Something about the writing lets you know that this story has been planned and loved for quite some time. Jim Cole’s first novel, Never Cry Again, is a story that took 80 years to make it to print.
You see, Cole isn’t your typical debut novelist. By training and profession, he’s a civil/structural engineer whose work took him around the world. Upon retiring from engineering, Cole decided to fulfill his dreams of becoming a writer and took courses in creative writing. Over time he began writing columns for the Houston Chronicle and the Victoria Advocate, his hometown paper. Never Cry Again was published just months before Cole turned 81 years old.
The sheer fact that this novel exists is enough to make you never give up on your dreams. But don’t let this inspiration pass you by without picking up the book. In Never Cry Again, Cole will make you weep and cheer for the sweet and resilient main character, Drew.