Long time no speak!
It’s time for our monthly update, I think, and that means I need to bring some good news to the table!
Mark your calendars now, because a fresh new take from me is coming to an online retailer near you! I get to announce that my book, A Book About Life, will be published later this winter!
I’ve been away from the blogaverse because I’ve been deep in an editing phase, and that’s been delight (what with finals and internship and classes and work) but that means I’m doing everything I can to make my work as good as it can be.
So what even is A Book About Life?
Well, think about Pride and Prejudice. Think about survivor tales. Think about New Girl. Think about social work.
And there you have it! But in case you want more, here’s my blurb about what you can expect.
Alicia Whittemore graduated college with three things: a master’s in clinical social work, a quarter of a million dollars in student loans and the hope of saving the world. All her studying seemed to pay off when she landed a job at St. Vincent Memorial, but her troubles were only beginning. When a tempestuous board member and a heart-breaking patient emergency prove to be too much for Alicia, she must come to the realization that there’s so much more to life-and love-than settling for stability.
A Book About Life centers around a millennial trying to find her way though the world after college. She’s a hospital social worker who chooses routine over anything adventurous.
Millennial main character? Check (she’s in her upper 20s)
LGBTQ main character? Check (She’s ACE!)
Ride or die best friend? Check (they met doing a play)
Mr. Darcy character? Check (he means well, but yeesh)
Honest portrayals of mental health? Check (it gets heavy sometimes)
A Book About Life is a tale inspired by my love of Jane Austen, and my work as an MSW student. Each character is based on someone I know, someone I care about. Each situation is discussed with honesty and with respect, but with the depth that I kept completely real. This book contains empowerment after sexual assault, after domestic violence and after self-harm.
I took what I know-working with survivors of intimate partner violence-and I showed how those things play into the life of a very new, very conflicted working millennial. Based on truth, wrapped in emotion, it’s a book that shows the caffeine addicted, trauma informed career that I’ve inserted myself into.
A Book About Life, the New Adult Fiction book about, well, life, comes out this winter!