Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Journey

By Suzie Carr
@girl_novelist

I’ve been quiet on my blog for the past few weeks because I’ve been focused on completing my fourth novel – Inner Secrets. In early January, she’ll be ready to be unleashed onto the world! I’ve been writing this book since March, and have finally relinquished control over the keyboard to my editor (@editor_girl).

The journey has been fun, and as is always the case, has seen me through the twists and turns of everyday life. I always develop a sense of sadness when I complete a book. The characters attach themselves to me, and I find it hard to let go of them. But, I know to continue as a novelist, I must part my ways with them and start fresh meeting a whole new set of characters that’ll sweep me away from reality a few hours every day for the next six to eight months.

I am ready to take a new journey. So, it’s time to switch my mind into brainstorm mode and start on novel number five!


To give you a sense of Inner Secrets, here’s an excerpt from chapter one:

Dear Journal,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Hope Steele. I turned twenty-eight yesterday and I’ve got something to confess.

I am gay.

Just seeing these three words scrawled out on my page jolts me. I am charged tossing my truth out and seeing it stand on its own, strong, confident, fearless. I’ve told two people in my life to date, my best friend, PJ, and her girlfriend, Rachel. I’ve lived the better part of my life with this secret, and might just lose it if I have to live another moment hidden. So, here I am, confessing my truth on paper, hoping I can get to know the real me through this journaling.

So what’s the big deal that I’m gay?

Well, you see, I’m married. I’ve been married to my husband Ryan for two years, ten months, four days, ten hours and thirty-one minutes.

It's nice to be back blogging. Drop me a line and tell me what you think of this excerpt if you get a chance!

Wishing you lots of happiness,

Suzie


I feel it's critical to support the community, and so I've committed to donate a portion of my book sale proceeds to Chely Wright's LikeMe foundation (http://likeme.org/) to help provide support, resources and education to LGBT individuals, and their families and friends.


3 comments:

Ashley Nixon said...

Oh! Man, that feeling you get when you're keeping something hidden really deep, and the confusion, and everything! I felt all of that! This will be so interesting! The cover is so epic, too! I feel like it evokes all they secrets your novel will reveal!

Suzie Carr said...

Hey Ashley! I'm looking forward to its release in a few weeks;) I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

- Suzie XO

Anonymous said...

Counting down the days, hours and minutes when the book will be released to purchase. For me it is a true to heart story. Keeping a huge secret for most of your life eats away at you little by little day in and day out. Not to long ago I wrote the same thing in my notebook. Many sleepless nights, many nites took a few pills w/ some bourbon hoping not to wake up the next morning because I was a bad person. I had a secret that caused me to lie and hurt the ones who loved me. Cannot wait to read the book. CindyLou15