Sorry, Amazon takes a while to put up a cover image for some reason.
Anyway, this is from the foreword by National Book Award winner Charles Johnson:
“Brian McDonald is one of the world’s wisest teachers of
the elements that create great storytelling. On this subject,
you can trust everything he says, because there is simply no
angle or aspect of storytelling – what stories mean and our
experience of them – that he has not deeply reflected upon
(and from the standpoint of numerous disciplines in the
sciences and humanities), then drawn a conclusion that we
can take to the bank….
…If I had not retired last year from teaching classes on literature and
the craft of writing at the University of Washington, I would place
McDonald’s two books before my undergraduate and graduate students as
…So my recommendation is quite simple:
If you a writer in any genre, read The Golden Theme. If
you are a non-writing reader who just loves stories, read it. If
you are a teacher, share it with your students. And give it to
friends, who will thank you for the clarity Brian McDonald
so generously brings to our lives.”
-- Charles Johnson
I want to thank everyone for getting the first book, Invisible Ink, and saying such nice things about it. I’m proud of The Golden Theme and hope that you all like it.