In the Middle

General Fiction, Young Adult

By Zelmer Wilson

Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ABOUT Zelmer Wilson

Zelmer Wilson
Zelmer Wilson (1975- ) was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Fort Smith, Arkansas. He would live there until he was eleven years old. In the summer of 1986, he left Arkansas and moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his father and stepmother. During  More...



a modern coming of age story set in Phoenix, Arizona, starting in the mid 1980's and ending in the early 1990's. The narrator is a bright but troubled kid named Miller Hoffman, who struggles to win the approval of his stern father while fighting his physical attraction to his outgoing stepmother.

I wrote this novel for a number of reasons. One reason is that there aren't many novels set in Phoenix, Arizona and none (that I know of) that are about being a teenager there as well. I wrote this novel, inspired by my own difficult teenage years there. I originally wrote this novel for a writing contest, which helped because I had a deadline and I couldn't be lazy about writing it. I wrote the first draft mostly at night, after getting home from work, usually after midnight or later. I wrote for a few hours every night, usually while listening to music (Norah Jones) and drinking cheap wine. After I finished the first draft, I started editing it and then rewriting it. In all, there are about seven drafts, not including the final, published version that is now available.

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In the Middle is a poignant story of a boy's journey into adulthood....a solid read and I did enjoy it enough to finish it in one sitting. Author Zelmer Wilson is a hidden gem in the writing industry and I truly believe that he will get better in his craft. I look forward to his next work. Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite In the Middle is an interesting and realistic story about a kid struggling to grow up in a new and confusing world for him.... Zelmer Wilson does a great job of exploring teen angst and the classic coming -of-age motif. Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite Set in the late '80s and early '90s, In the Middle by Zelmer Wilson chronicles the teenage years of Miller, a bright but troubled kid...and it wound up being a fairly easy read that did not disappoint. Since it's literary fiction, it has an almost memoir feel.

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