WolfMajick Reviews Darryl Shelly’s The Hobbyist

Excerpt: “The characters were well done and believable. The writing flowed nicely, making you feel as if you were hearing and witnessing someones confessions as apposed to reading a work of fiction. This is an intense personal story but not for the faint of heart, he is after all an addict. Sex or drugs, addiction is never something to be joked with. The novel helps the reader explore the seriousness of this particular addiction without the need of a quick fix solution. That I think is what makes it such a good story. The kind of unending realism we must all face when dealing with our own personal problems.” Full review here:...

Portland Book Review on Darryl Shelly’s The Hobbyist

Excerpt: “In The Hobbyist, Darryl Shelly has created a disturbing (and disturbingly realistic) tale of a young man falling into temptation. Throughout the book, Dash’s entire ideas about sex, intimacy, and himself are altered through his transformation from average guy to sex addict. It is a fascinating and horrifying transition. By focusing on Dash’s fall and exploring primarily his low points, Shelly shatters the unfortunate idea that sex addiction is nicer than other forms of self-abuse. At his worst, Dash is no safer, no more charming, and no more in control than someone dealing with substance abuse. Shelly does a wonderful job portraying the tragedy of sex addiction. Mae West had it wrong; too much of a good thing is not always wonderful.” For the full review, check out portlandbookreview.com...

Advice Sisters review The Hobbyist

Excerpt: “With the stunning success of “50 Shades…..” there is suddenly a proliferation of sex-oriented books. One that is both titillating and depressing, hits bookstores on March 13th (but you canread the first two chapters on the author’s web site now).  The Hobbyist, a novel by writerDarryl Shelly (Bexley Press, March 2013) is fiction, but supposedly based on the author’s real life as a sex addict.” Read the full review on...

Q&A With Writer Darryl Shelly on W³ Sidecar

Excerpt: “1. What’s your writing process or routine like? My routine is highly regimented. When I commit to writing I put my social life on hold, become a shut-in, and write every single day. This is my attempt to maintain an uninterrupted connection to the world I’m writing about. I can write well for about five hours before my focus shuts down, so I’ll stop and lay low, avoiding worldly distractions while my battery recharges. When I was younger, writing was such a stumbling, uncertain process that it was emotionally painful and something I raced to finish in order to alleviate the discomfort. Now I like to stay in this ephemeral playground because I’ve learned to only write about places and people that fascinate and entertain me.” For the full Q&A, click here:...