Today I am taking a big step, no make that a huge step. When our friend Rebecca, from The Cadence Group, contacted me about today’s guest, I read the synopsis and thought this sounded like a great read! Then I realized it was in the genre of YA. But am thinking you will also agree with me, once you hear from the author. I ask, that you help me in welcoming, Jeffrey Blount to our group!
Jeffrey Blount is an Emmy award-winning television director and an award recipient for scriptwriting on multiple documentary projects. Born and raised in rural Virginia, he now lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Jeanne Meserve. They have two children, Julia and Jake.
Connect with Mr. Blount at his website, Facebook and Twitter.
For me, writing is an emotional endeavor. I don’t see how it could be any other way. I sit alone with my plot line and my characters and I create a world. Inside that world are feelings like passion, fear, anger, hurt, love and joy. I have them, like items in a museum, strategically laid out to create a coherent experience for the reader. If I do it well, then readers should, as they read, experience emotions similar to those I experienced as I wrote. I believe I was successful at this with my recent young adult novel, Hating Heidi Foster.
It is a novel filled with raw ecstasy and despair. Many times, I found myself overcome with emotion. Sometimes before I even began writing, knowing in my head what I was about to put my characters through; sometimes as scenes unfolded, the characters growing and reacting in ways that I hadn’t foreseen. At any rate, when it was done, I was worn out. I was simply drained. But it was a good kind of exhaustion.
I am happy to say that readers are feeling the same way. One reviewer wrote, “Heart wrenching and then heartwarming story. A good but highly emotional read.” Others have written, similarly moved. Others I have spoken to about all the emotion and here’s where I’m going with all of this, the part that really saddens me. As the author, I am not always able to share in the moment. Why? Because I’ve been there already. Many, many times.
What I would really like is to experience what the reader is feeling as they tell me about a passage or a scene that touched them. I want to feel what they feel at the moment we are having the discussion. To share. But, for the most part, I can’t. Because I have lived with the characters for so long and altered their journeys so many times, I’ve lost much of the emotion. This fact leaves me wanting and missing something in these precious moments. It’s the only part of the writing process that I wish to be different. However, I still want and really need these shared moments, because every author wants to know, not only that they succeeded in bringing something special to the reader’s life, but how. If only because it makes us better at our craft.
ABOUT THE BOOK
From the Author:
As Hating Heidi Foster begins, Mae McBride stands by on a riverbed watching as her mother offers up the ashes of her father to the river’s fast moving current. She thinks of the great loss in her life and the cause of that loss. She thinks of Heidi Foster, her best friend since second grade.
Heidi Foster is home alone listening to music through her ear buds when fire sneaks into her bedroom and she has nowhere to run but her closet. There she waits for the painful end she knows is about to happen, but she is saved by Eddie, the father of her best friend. Heidi makes it out of the burning house, but Eddie does not. When Mae finds out, she blames Heidi for not being smart enough to get out of the house. She blames her father for putting Heidi ahead of her. She blames her friends for taking Heidi’s side. She begins to unravel amid that blame and her uncontrollable and atypical anger.
At the same time Heidi is beset by guilt, falls into depression and stops eating properly. She is wasting away physically and emotionally while waiting for Mae to let her back into the friendship that she misses so dearly.
Mae, consumed by her hatred of Heidi, the confusion regarding her father’s motives, the perceived desertion of her friends and her mother’s grief, loses more and more of herself.
What could possibly bring these two teenagers back to each other? A miracle?
Note: With the holidays coming up, this would be a great gift idea
for teenage daughters and granddaughters.
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