A former Eagle Scout and gifted athlete he was forced to look inward for any creative talent that might make his future bearable. He attended Mississippi State University in 1978 and began writing aggressively as a way to pass the time and cope with his newfound physical limitations.
VELVET SKY is his first novel and depicts life in a small southern town as seen through the eyes of a true observer. His words are those of a genuine poet as he paints truly memorable characters that live with the reader long after the final page is turned.
In 1996, at the age of 36, Rusty started a small software company called Preservation Software. The company develops and markets reference CD-ROMs.
The author currently resides in the small town of Madison, MS (with Tim, his younger brother and only sibling). Rusty recently completed a second novel (COVENANT) which has not yet been published. VELVET SKY is a novel about hope, perseverance and love. It highlights the constant struggle of good and evil in all of us.
The main characters are all very different, yet linked in many ways. Patrick is a young man who is being pushed by his father to become a prize athlete. Chase has been his best friend since grade school and is struggling with a secret he feels he must keep or risk losing everything he holds precious; Chelsea has a secret of her own that is so horrible it could slowly destroy her. Kelley is a beautiful, yet kindhearted girl who cares deeply about everyone.
These characters are slowly drawn together when Chelsea's secret comes to light when a horrible murder is discovered. The characters in this book are very believable. The reader grows to understand and care about each and every one.
The book progresses from the early ages of 9 or 10 until the characters are graduating high school. The mystery of the two young people's secrets and the growing love between the other two keep the book interesting and rapidly moving forward. All in all, Velvet Sky is a wonderful read and I would gladly recommend it. ~Susan Johnson /reviewer
The book has a few minor grammar errors and a typo here and there but it takes NOTHING away from this multi-harmony storyline! Four stars outta five! _Bengi
The book centers on the story of four young people growing up in rural Mississippi in the 1970s. Strong family bonds are
counterpoised to the brutal schemes of dangerous and malevolent human predators with the potential to bring ruin to all
the young folk's dreams.
The main narrative tells the story of a young woman named Chelsea, her eventual escape from an abusive father, and her
struggle to build a normal life. She's an engaging character that the reader can't help rooting for. Some of the other characters
are equally well-drawn.
While it teeters on the edge of sentimentality, "Velvet Sky" avoids crossing the boundary. In any event the novel is redeemed
by the author's careful plotting and deft use of suspense. "Velvet Sky" is a book that is well worth reading.
Review of Velvet Sky / Reviewed for Gotta Write Network (GWN)
Reviewed September 2002 by,
--Bill Stephens, Online Reviewer / Canada
There will be one out of the four characters you will be able to relate to. I'm not sure if that was calculated or just luck but it widens the appeal and the audience. As I said, the style is unique and the way Mr. Reeves describes the places and sets up the story is so real. I loved it, from start to finish! Very nice read indeed!