I love it when I wake up in the morning to an unexpected email that gets me excited about writing! Fellow author Elizabeth Brooks invited me to participate in The Work in Progress (WIP) Blog Tour, and I’m excited to be a part of it! Elizabeth’s first book Montefiore’s Goddaughter was also published by MP Publishing, and she’s currently working on her first novel for adults. Make sure you check out Elizabeth’s WIP Blog Post here.
The rules go like this: Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you (see above). Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP, then nominate a few other writers to do the same.
Sounds like fun, not to mention a great way for authors to stay motivated to finish a WIP!
So here we go. The tentative title for my WIP is Being Gray, and, while I’ve grown very fond of it, it could always change.
After the death of her addict mother, Gray Pierce is plucked from her reclusive inner city world and thrown into a comfortable life with her aunt and uncle in the small, picturesque town of Chesterton. While she’s content in her new identity, she soon realizes that things – and people – aren’t always what they seem. Being Gray follows a young woman’s quest to find happiness in a world she doesn’t fully understand, a world that ultimately seems to be working against her.
My first book was a memoir, so writing fiction is a fun change of pace. (Not to mention something I’ve always wanted to do!) I like to call Being Gray someone else’s memoir, though, because it’s really Gray’s story of trying to overcome the demons in her life. I actually got the idea for my main character while listening to Gray Street, (one of my favorite Dave Matthews songs), and then it kind of morphed into a full-fledged story from there.
I’ve made a lot of progress on my novel in the last few months, but it’s still quite difficult to balance my writing with my other job as a full-time mommy to two little boys. Hopefully now that my oldest is in kindergarten I can find some extra time to write the last half of this book!
I care about people.
I opened my eyes to darkness as Aunt Lynn’s voice chirped instructions from the other side of my bedroom door.
I walked through a field of ice – there was no color, just the sickly hue of dull gray extending as far as the eye could see, making it impossible to distinguish where the earth ended and the horizon began.
Now I’m nominating these other incredible authors to share their WIP’s. Make sure you check out their blogs and books!
Author Rebecca Douglass
Author Kim Cormack