Sh*t we read: Tropical Depression

Arin Greenwood's first published book is light on dogs, heavy on good writing.

Your Robot Dog Will Die

Author Arin Greenwood reads from her latest book at the monthly porch party at the Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport.

Apr. 20, 7 p.m.

Dogs welcome. BYOB. Gulfport Historical Society members drink free. Get more info here

Arin Greenwood and Murray superdog - Laurie Ross
Laurie Ross
Arin Greenwood and Murray superdog

Arin Greenwood writes really, really well.

Promoting herself? Not so much.

Case in point: This local writer — she moved to Gulfport a few years ago and now lives near St. Pete's Crescent Lake Park — has two conventionally-published novels with a third on the way. I saw her at least once a month for two years and she will occasionally write animal-related stuffs for CL, and it wasn't until I heard her read at a Planned Parenthood benefit that I realized her saying "I'm a writer" translated to "I have two published novels and am under contract for a third."

See? Bad at self-promotion. Even worse: When I asked her where I could buy her books, she tried to give me copies of them. I shook my head.

"What are you doing? Do not give away copies of your book to people who are willing to buy them!" I told her, not at all in my inside voice.

The first book I read of hers — and yes, I bought the eBook — was Tropical Depression, a not-at-all true story about a woman who practices law for Big Tobacco, hates it, gets fired for not being in love with defending Big Tobacco on the same day she catches her live-in boyfriend having sex with someone else, chucks it all and moves to the fictional island of Miramar, which — fictionally — is near Guam. Adventures ensue.

click to enlarge Tropical Depression - Courtesy of Arin Greenwood
Courtesy of Arin Greenwood
Tropical Depression

Again, not autobiographical. Greenwood, after all, lived in Saipan, not Miramar. The rest? Uh, yeah, you're gonna have to ask her about that. Either way, though, I thoroughly enjoyed Tropical Depression. So much so, I did get a copy of that and Greenwood's Save the Enemy for my mom. 

And my mom loved it, so much so she asked me to include her thoughts. (Disclaimer: my mom is brutal when it comes to writing critiquing, but at her core, she's a mom and I think Greenwood's book brought out the mom in her.)

"Arin Greenwood is an excellent storyteller, convincing you that a crazy place like Miramar might actually exist. I found myself grabbing an old Atlas to check it out. After leaving NY and her ex-boyfriend, she takes her law degree to a tropical island that has its own understanding of the law. The ragtag residents add to the flavor of the island. I look forward to her April 20 reading at the Gulfport Museum."

Note, she's plugging Greenwood and the museum for which I sit on the board. But she's right — Tropical Depression did have me wondering if Miramar was real.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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