This is my favorite child 😉
Okay. Not CHILD. Book 😉
Joy is a girl who is three months out of an incredibly abusive home, is living with her aunt and uncle and twin cousins, and is still learning to function in a “normal” life.
I woke up one morning with the first line of this book running through my head having no idea on character, setting, or what had happened to her –
“I read somewhere that happiness is fleeting, but joy sticks with you, holds on to you, and fills you up. The fact that my name is Joy is sort of a lesson in irony.”
– I had a first draft less than a week later.
Yes. I was a worthless mother and wife during that week, but Joy would not let me go.
I did less plotting in this book than I ever have (and I’m not a big plotter, so this is really saying something).
Everything that happened in this book took me by surprise. I really felt like I was just tagging along, watching Joy try to fit into a life she doesn’t believe she deserves. Her Uncle Rob’s backstory wasn’t expected. Her cousin Tara’s niceness wasn’t planned. Trent’s ego showed up when I knew Joy needed another setback. Justin appeared when all she wanted was a quiet moment, and he ruined those at first, and became part of them later. The wild Daisy wasn’t planned. I had NO idea Joy had it in her to jump off that dock or to try kung fu – both of which saved her in so many ways.
I could talk about this book for ages, but I’ll save that for closer to the release date – September 1, 2014.
I’ve just done the scariest part (for me) – TURN IN FINAL PAGES – and now I’d like to sit back and bask in the glow of my shiny new cover 😉
Oh! If you want to add Joy to your goodreads pile, you can do that HERE.
So. What is happening in everyone else’s writing life right now?