Hi guys, it's Wednesday, and that means it's time to share a snippet from my Work in Progress.
I've got a couple of projects going on right now (which is exciting to say after the past few weeks!). Right now, I'm focusing on getting my next Kennedy Stern novel published. I've also been reading up on book marketing tips, and one of the things I came across was making use of the From the Author feature on the amazon description page. I've never filled these out before, but I figured I'd give it a try for Paralyzed.
I'd love to know what you think of this description (21 sentences for October 21). And if it's agreed that this works well for a more detailed and personal description in addition to the shorter blurb, I'll throw it right on the amazon page, so please let me know if you see any glaring mistakes!
Imagine you’ve been kidnapped, held hostage, nearly killed, and then finally rescued.
Of course, that initial wave of release rushes over you, but then you have to adjust to every-day life. You’re an entirely changed person. Your bubble of safety you had lived in your whole life has exploded, leaving you raw and exposed.
You have a hard time functioning. Sometimes, you’re sure you’re back in captivity again, back in that basement where they held your life ransom. Except you’re a college student determined to keep your grades up so you don’t get kicked out of your school’s pre-med program.
You’re a Christian, and so you ignore the symptoms. After all, you don’t have it that bad. But the panic attacks worsen. The nightmares intensify. Sometimes you wonder if it’s God’s way of punishing you for not being more faithful. If you just prayed or read your Bible more, everything would revert back to normal.
When I started working on Paralyzed, I wanted to explore the different ways Christians react to mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder. Of course, there's got to be suspense involved, too. By the time Kennedy's done with semester finals and ready to start Christmas break, the holidays find her so busy trying to stay alive she doesn’t have the time worry about anxiety.
This is my second Kennedy Stern novel, and I’m happy to report there are several more in the works. In Paralyzed, you’ll find the same cast of characters you met in Unplanned, in which Kennedy fights to save a teenager facing a crisis pregnancy. There’s Willow, Kennedy’s roommate from Alaska whose care-free demeanor is the perfect contrast to Kennedy’s personality. Reuben, the Kenyan lab partner who encourages Kennedy through everything she's going through. Carl and Sandy, whose backstory includes struggles and heartaches Kennedy never would have imagined until she hears them first-hand. And an ever-growing cast including the surfing youth pastor with dread locks and his wild VW bus, as well as a mystery red-head who continues to keep readers guessing.
Random Fact: My biggest holiday faux paus happened in college when I was invited for Thanksgiving at the home of a kosher-keeping Jewish family. I brought a fancy box of chocolates to share. I had checked to make sure they were kosher, I just hadn't realized since we were having meat for Thanksgiving, nobody would have dairy until the following day.
Blog Love: Big thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from their Works In Progress.