I was recently tagged in a blog hop by the lovely E.G. Moore who I met through the ‘In With the New’ (#NewAgent) Twitter contest, so I figured I should jump in on the fun too and discuss the book I’ve been slaving over recently, THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO SHOES.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historical?
When and where is the story set?
This is a young adult contemporary so it takes place NOW (yes, this very second) and in Southern nowheresville, Mississippi.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO SHOES is a story layered with secrets, so it’s hard for me to divulge much without giving it all away.
But long story short, Ellie is pregnant at sixteen, her father is ashamed, her boyfriend dumped her the second he found out, and her former Christian group of friends has ostracized her because they don’t want to associate with someone like that. It makes for a pretty crappy junior year of high school; however, the only people who will hang out with her is a group of rough-around-the-edges kids including a skinhead named Freeble, a gorgeous hot head with great hair, and a slacker chick who is hellbent on plotting revenge against the guy who screwed up Ellie’s life. They may not be much, but they are her’s… whether she likes them or not.
What is the personal goal of the character?
Ellie wants to keep the truth surrounding her pregnancy a secret at all costs, which gets tricky when her well-meaning, almost-friend Leslie tries everything in her power to figure it out. But also, it’s surviving this pregnancy while maintaing her integrity and holding onto her faith– despite the fact that people are trying to take that away from her too.
Is there a working title?
It’s called THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO SHOES because “Two Shoes” is the nickname her new friends gave her since she was a goodie-two-shoes before the “goodie” was gone.
Where can we see more?
Unfortunately, no where. I don’t even have this set up for First Reader sign ups yet because I’m a bit sensitive about this particular manuscript. My heart has been poured into and I’ve been a little wary about what some wills ay. People who have personally asked to read or trusted author friends from critique groups have read it. I’m about to do my second revision so hopefully I’ll ship more out soon. But surprisingly and thankfully, I have been receiving great feedback so far. Here’s hoping that maybe someday soon, y’all will actually get to read it in ACTUAL book form.
The next victims?
I’m tagging the following author pals:
Emily Herring Dunn – trusted friend and CP who has a killer book that’s getting some love from her queries recently. She’s also working on two other cool projects I can’t wait for her to finish.
S.A. Jeffery – LOVE the Alice in Wonderland retelling this one is working on. Seriously epic.