One thing a writer looks forward to with mixed feelings are reviews. You want all the critics to love your work. You’re convinced your book is perfect and the review should reflect that perfection. Your fingers and toes are crossed and locked in place waiting for your editor to email the link. You stare at it, curser hovering. You tell yourself to grow up and CLICK.
I lived through that scenario a few weeks ago when I received the Kirkus Reviews link for Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas. I forced myself to click and read the review. I read it several times. I can probably recite it for you. It was a great review. Read it yourself—just click.
Sometimes when I talk about Vivien Thomas people assume Vivien is female. It is a name usually associated with girls. Vivien explains it in his autobiography, Partners of the Heart: Vivien Thomas and His Work with Alfred Blalock: An Autobiography. He said his parents expected a girl and chose the name Vivian. After he was born, his parents, Mary and William Thomas decided to keep the name because they liked it. They simply changed the a to an e.