Counting Losses

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
186 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2015
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Author Biography

Craig R. Key was born in Fort Worth, Texas on December 7, 1983. Starting with drama courses in high school and moving on to larger college productions, he knew that his love for entertaining was beyond the simple stage and he began to branch out into screen writing and filmmaking.

Craig's first venture into epic storytelling on a micro-budget began with a three episode web-series titled "The Clay Chronicles" that was produced under his self funded production company Floor 13 Productions from 2003 to 2006. After the completion of the series, he went on to write additional short films from 2007 to 2012 including a handful of sketches for Floaters Comedy from Bad Apple Studios. His titles during production have included director, writer, actor, editor, and he has even written music for his projects.

On July 13, 2014, Craig completed his first novel, a dark fantasy titled, "A Sight Unseen," which he dedicated to his father Gary Key, who lost his battle with cancer on May 1, 2014. Almost a year later, Craig released his second book, a comedy/drama titled, "Counting Losses," on May 21, 2015. This one was dedicated to everyone who, like the author, suffers from clinical anxiety and/or depression.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Fiza Pathan for Readers' Favorite

Counting Losses by accomplished author Craig R Key is a simple but hilarious story about how a young man called Reese lands himself in situations which at times cause elation and yet, on the other hand, take him to the depths of despair. Key focuses the story on everyday routine themes, but with such subtle humour that even when the main protagonist tries to kill himself the reader will not be able to control his or her laughter due to the author’s amazing descriptive capacity. Melodrama is punctuated with a lot of classic fun and easy to read humour that make a reader not want to put the book down. Whether it be Reese getting caught in the act with his roommate’s girlfriend, Reese mourning the loss of his love of two weeks, Tony’s stabbing episode, or Reese’s loss of a rare opportunity, Craig R Key has the reader roaring with laughter.

The characters in Counting Losses are everyday regular people that we love and hate, which makes the book so convincing. Key has managed to also reach straight into the mind of his characters to fish out their innermost thoughts and put these down in print for the reader to have a good laugh, sometimes at the character and sometimes at himself. For indeed, whether it be Reese, Janet, Tony, Ron or Nicole, they hold up a continuous mirror in front of us, showing us the truth about ourselves and the way we take things and events too seriously when it is not the event but us, as good people, who are much more important. Reese is a good man who suffered a lot, but finally finds out the truth about this whole thing called ‘life,’ and that makes the difference not only for him but also for the readers of Counting Losses. This book is worth a read and a guffaw or two.