The new arrival on the shelf here at Fiction Books this week, once again coincides with my date on a blog tour, organised by the lovely Samantha at JKSCommunications, with the Kindle download being supplied by the great folks over at NetGalley.
I don’t read an awful lot of YA fiction, however this storyline aroused my interest and intrigue, with the excellent cover art grabbing my attention in no time at all!
Paige also provided a great guest post, just to complete the picture!
Check Out – ‘THE ODYSSEY OF FALLING’
Meet Odd. Audrey “Odd” Ashworth is an exceptionally bright girl with a sympathetic heart. She’s in the top 4% of her class. She’s obsessed with getting into Manhattan School of Music, committed to following the “signs” the universe delivers, and infatuated with her recently deceased best friend’s boyfriend.
Life is a little strange for Odd.
Until she finds her best friend’s diary in her crush’s car, and decides to do the bucket list tucked inside the pages. As Odd seeks closure and a way to honor her friend, she discovers there’s nothing wrong with being a little strange, especially if it helps you discover who you were meant to be. Along the way, Odd falls into trouble, adventure, and finally love.
Say Hi! To Author – PAIGE CRUTCHER
I write, read, rock out on my yoga mat, report for Publishers Weekly, and write YA.
I play well with words and others, and when I’m not reporting, I daydream excessively before putting words on the page.
Sometimes they’re jibberish, sometimes they’re honest in a way that makes me feel a little awkweird, but they always come with a message of hope and love.
More often than not, I’ve got my nose in a book, because inside story is where the magic waits.
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The writing process is like developing a photograph; you never know what will turn out. There’s nothing like penning a frame, and giving the story world permission to unfold as I witness the picture come into focus.
ON SHARING STORY
By Paige Crutcher
My novel, The Odyssey of Falling, has been a work-in-progress for the past five years. The idea to self-publish the book came about in a much shorter time span – that of one afternoon.
As a journalist, I strive to do my best when covering a subject, event, or person. I’m endlessly curious about life, about story, about each person’s experience on the road to discovery (because I think we’re always in transition, or evolution – however you put it). Going the indie route, and publishing this book I’d worked tirelessly on crafting, came together like a lens finding focus.
I was at the end of my rope, and the knots I’d tied to help me hang on to were frayed. It was self-publish, and discover if the stories I’m meant to tell can find their way into the hands of readers, or consider a less exhaustive and often heartbreaking career than becoming an author.
The choice was simple. Go Indie.
This is not to say I was over-the-stars keen to take the picture I’d finally focused. Rather, my hands trembled and my heart raced. Going the indie route is nothing if not a lengthy series of moments where one must channel their brave, over and over. As a journalist, concentrating on the steps of the process, and giving an honest account of what it’s like – in the form of an expose – felt like the answer to how I could achieve a self-publishing goal.
The decision, which I agonized over, turned out to be the easiest part.
My book, which is the story of a girl named Odd who comes to terms with the loss of her best friend by completing the bucket list she left behind, wasn’t written, polished, and uploaded for publication in a one-two snap. It was written, rewritten, the plot deconstructed and revised, rewritten, polished, shined, and gleamed – through the hands of three editors, four critique partners, and a few select and brutally honest beta readers.
The creative process of writing the book was a challenging joy. The revision left me with a strong desire to scrub my brain once I was through. But. It has been worth it.
I believe we all have stories to tell; we just tap into the process in differing ways. Some of us share them over coffee, others write beautiful ballads in the form of songs, and others yet craft them in a million various, and brilliant, ways.
Odd’s story, I believe, needed its outlet. I needed to back the book up, stand up for it, and set it free. Which is a little hokey, I know, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling true.
Art is a wonderful freedom. So far, so is self-publishing. I can’t wait to see what appears in the picture frame next.
…Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’
Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’
Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’
Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
Thanks for stopping by Paige, it has been great hosting you, here at Fiction Books and thank you for entering into the spirit of the blogging community.
I love that new word AWKWEIRD, I shall have to remember that one 🙂
I look forward to reading ‘Rush Of Shadows’ and wish you every success with future book sales.