As I explore my interests in writing fiction, I look for instructive books that go beyond the basics. The Fire In Fiction by Donald Maass does just that. I particularly enjoyed the many current examples Maass uses in each chapter to illustrate his points. Reading this book gave me a great deal of instruction with commentary on passages from a number of best-selling books.
Readers are invited into the thoughts of a literary agent. When Maass discussed some of the works that I had already read, I could appreciate those stories on higher levels. Furthermore, I think Maass does justice to the authors he references in this book. I am tempted now to read a great number of the novels he mentioned because the passages he shares are always intriguing. For anyone interested in learning more about building suspense in fictional prose, I highly recommend this book.