Today I’m trying something new! I’m turning this blog post into a READERS FORUM. As the debut author of THE CHOSEN SHELL, I’d love to reply to your comments and questions, plus I’d love it if we discussed ideas among ourselves too.
Some of you have already read my novel. But since it’s only been on sale since Dec 14th, I’m sure many haven’t. That’s okay, we can still talk about elements of my book without giving away the story’s secrets.
I’ll start with a few questions: Are you intrigued by the era of the 1960s? What’re your thoughts about that era? Did you ever wonder what it was like to be a nun? Did you ever want to do something extraordinary? Have you ever had to make a difficult decision? My novel will elicit these questions in your mind.
I’m excited to hear your answers and comments! So don’t hold back, ok?
To some of you, life in a convent probably seems as foreign as life on Mars! Well, my story isn’t sci-fi but it IS historical fiction, because it happened over 50 years ago. And since I was a nun myself for several years, as you read my story you’ll be receive true-to-life glimpses of monastic life.
When the story opens in 1963, Celie, an attractive and naïve poet , has just graduated from high school and has won a state writing contest. Nonetheless, she kisses her boyfriend Mike goodbye and goes off, in her words, “to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Have you ever wanted to do something with your life that was a cut above everybody else? If you have, you’ll understand Celie. If you haven’t, you’ll probably be curious about WHY she would choose to be a nun. Nonetheless, as you follow her into a convent of Augustinian nuns, set in the hills of a small northern California town you’ll see her grapple with a very different life style than she expected. Have you ever chosen something and then found out it was quite different from your expectations?
But WHY does Celie want to be so special? That’s another question. . .
Okay, I’m done writing for now. . . Instead, I’d like to know what you think. Share your comments and questions, PLEASE! Perhaps some of my former-nun friends will share their insights too. I HOPE so!