Why Men As Well As Women Are Taking The Wooded Path by Nancy LiPetri

While you’ll find The Wooded Path listed under the genres “women’s fiction” and “romance” (in addition to contemporary fiction and mystery), it is receiving some surprising reviews from male readers. Case in point:

“…Once I picked up it was hard to put down. I don't usually read fiction but my wife recommended it to me and after the first few pages I was hooked. Mysterious, sensuous, well written. Waiting for the next book.

I also had a local reader tell me he was impressed with my obvious research about the lake. He found the accurate facts to enhance the mystery in the story. And another said he found it fun, if not a bit frightening, to discover what his wife might be thinking about sex and marriage. 

As the writer, I am absolutely thrilled when any reader picks up on the underlying messages I enjoyed weaving into the story of a disappearance in a tight-knit Carolina community. My fascination with psychology and the power of the subconscious lead my characters to struggle with confusion and temptations. I am happy to hear that my characters often reassure women that they are not alone in their secret dilemmas and midlife experiences, and that they see some of themselves or their friends in the story. 

The wooded path that leads from the protagonist’s yard to her horse becomes a metaphor in more than one way. I invite you to come see how the journey pans out, and decide for yourself if you would take the straight and narrow…or the winding one. 

Ever wonder if you’re normal? Laine McClelland sure does. When the mysterious disappearance of a bunco friend, Paula, shakes her Lake Norman neighborhood, her seemingly perfect world is suddenly filled with dark thoughts, dangerous temptations and surprising confessions. What is normal once you realize life’s short, anyway? Was her marriage ever enough? She finds herself risking it all…and afraid of what really happened to Paula.

Buy Links:

TheWoodedPath  (paperback and Kindle on Amazon)

Paperback at OakTreeBooks.com


Nancy LiPetri lives on Lake Norman, North Carolina, and shares her passion for the region in her debut novel, The Wooded Path. Lake life and the dynamics of a neighborhood group of women helped inspire the story.  Originally from landlocked Iowa, she has enjoyed living on both coasts and in her husband’s native Chicago in between, taking her family and freelance copywriting career with her, and gathering inspiration for her fiction along the way. She appreciates realism in her favorite movies, television shows and books, and strives to entertain readers with believable characters experiencing a spectrum of issues people don’t always reveal to others. 

You can find Nancy by name on Facebook, Amazon’s Author Central, Goodreads, Twitter and Pinterest.


Nancy LiPetri said…
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Marilyn! I am always learning from you and your mysteries :)
You are most welcome, Nancy--and I'm glad to be of help.
Janet Greger said…
I think the idea of women's and men's books is largely an artifact of insecurities. Good writing is genderless.
Nancy LiPetri said…
Janet, kind of like how my hubby enjoys a good chick flick and doesn't care if some guys are too insecure to watch, or admit to enjoying :)
Great post, Nancy. I so enjoyed reading all of it. What a great fortune you have with men enjoying your book as much as women. Now you know what to write in the next one, which I will be waiting to read. So enjoyed this one and love the cover to this day.
Nancy LiPetri said…
Thanks, Jackie :) Am surprised how much fun new material I'm finding for the next one. It's in progress and flows like crazy every chance I get to work on it.
Sharon Ervin said…
A man came to a signing. As he waited for another customer to finish, he overheard me say, "I write mostly for and about women."

"I wish you wouldn't say that," he said, interrupting. I was surprised and smiled at him, puzzled. He went on to tell the other customer that he had read and enjoyed all my books; that I had mentioned other places and in interviews that I wrote for and about women and he found that annoying and demeaning because he liked my books.

His wife was with him. She said he told people about my writing. He had reviewed my second published novel glowingly on Amazon (BODACIOUS). We had not met before, but I recognized his name as soon as he introduced himself that day.

Point is: an author doesn't really get to determine her audience. Keep writing. The audience will develop.
Nancy LiPetri said…
Thanks for that story, Sharon! I will happily take your advice:)
Thonie Hevron said…
Speaking as a woman: I loved your book!
Nancy LiPetri said…
Thanks, Thonie. Loved your review!

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