Léna's Lit.Life

Léna (me): Lit, as in literature, Lit, as in light, Lit, as in a little kooky: Life.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Friday, January 29, 2010

EDGES

Happy Friday, folks! I've had my very first blog request! A friend wants to know what EDGES is about . . . of course you do!

It is a story of love and grief, addiction and redemption, set in both NYC’s Upper West Side and in the red rock desert of Moab, Utah.

Seventeen-year-old Luke lives and works at the Moonflower Motel in Moab, having fled New York City where his father Frank drowns his sorrows after the death of Luke’s mother. Back in New York, eighteen-year-old Ava meets Frank at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. When these lost souls converge in Moab, what happens transforms them all.

A little light reading, huh? I've had a hard time coming up with a tag line for the book, because I haven't wanted to give anything away! But if I keep it all a mystery, then why would anyone want to read it?

I didn't set out to write a YA novel, but this is where I have found my voice. Originally, the story was just about Luke and his father Frank, told from each of their points of view. When Ava appeared out of the blue, I knew that I had to make room for her. It was one of those moments in the creative process that writers (well, I'll speak for myself!) live for, because she didn't come from my conscious mind. (Unconscious? Super conscious?) Okay, yeah. I'll cop to feeling a bit mystical about the whole process, but for all of the mysticism, it has been incredibly hard work. I have become a huge fan of the "shitty" first draft and an even bigger fan of the revision process. Editing is an art in itself!

That's all for now. I have to start thinking about cooking dinner for my family!


4 comments:

  1. This is terrific! I loved Ms. Madeline's work so much. I am so excited about this for you! I'll spread the word and can't wait to see your work!

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  2. Look forward to following your journey and reading EDGES. Thanks for using the L'Engle network to reach out to readers.

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  3. I am really excited to read it. Your grandmother's work, everything from wrinkle to theological books, has been such a great blessing to my life.

    -pina-

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  4. Can't wait to read Edges and eventually share with my two girls! Wow- they'll be y.a. readers before I know and I'm so happy there are smart, inspired new books for them (and me!)

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