It’s done! All 80,573 words of my second novel, Life As a Teenage Mutant are typed and the manuscript is finished! (enter the choir!). I know June has been hit and miss with my blog posts, but I know you’ll forgive me since I was in crazywriter mode trying to meet my deadline. And I did! I can’t tell you what it feels like to have finished the work by my goal time, albeit cutting it very close. I needed to have it completed by the time the kids finished school because I can edit, but not write when they are running around in regular life. Wooooo Hooooo for me! Just in time to go to the Humber School for Writers in one week and plug my book any chance I get, and just in time to make sure I get at least a little sunshine on my face.
Want to know what readers have in store for them with this gritty coming of age story?
For twelve-year-old Abby, living in rural Southern Ontario with her parents, her sister Dawn, and the occasional wandering cow, life in the early eighties is simple if not boring. That is, until her parents have a gig out-of-town, Dawn has a party, and a family friend creeps into Abby’s room and rapes her. Abby struggles through middle and high school with an eating disorder, a dysfunctional family and her own abusive relationships all in a drug induced haze. When Abby’s gotten clean and brave enough to go to the police, the man is charged with her rape. All’s well, that ends well. Except…after the charges are laid, her abuser takes matters into his own hands.
Wish me luck in finding a brave agent and brilliant publisher to get this work published. It’s writing that matters. Cross your fingers and toes for me.