Wednesday, January 13, 2016
A NEW NOVEL: MILES LEFT YET
I’m delighted to announce that my latest full-length novel, Miles Left Yet, is now available.
With Miles Left Yet, I move into yet another new genre, this time boomer lit.
Love Has No Age Limit
A road trip for a motley crew from the Granite Ridge Retirement Community—in a vintage Mustang convertible, no less—quickly turns into an adventure of second chances, fresh starts, and the discovery that love is never a landmark in the rearview mirror. No matter what the odometer reads, as long as there’s gas in the tank, there are always still new roads to explore...plenty of miles left yet.
In so many ways, it’s really a natural fit. This period of life (retirement or shortly thereafter) is often referred to as the “second YA.” It’s a time of redefinition, of finding and figuring out your place in the world now that the nest is empty and careers are coming or have come to a close. As many of you know, YA is the first genre / age group I published in—defining eras of life are extremely attractive to me as an author. It lends itself to great character development.
Miles Left Yet also allows me to indulge in a new kind of narration. A character has different revelations, different observations, a different sense of humor depending on their stage of life. A seventeen-year-old doesn’t have the same worldview as a seventy-year-old. In this book, my characters are more fully rounded—in many ways, my narration is richer because of their experiences and backstories.
I’ve got a bird’s-eye view of this time of life. I live with a boomer who is also my first reader and had a big hand in shaping these characters. One of the most powerful experiences in life is seeing yourself on the page—hearing your own thoughts being spit back at you, knowing someone understands somewhat the reasons behind who you have become. It was incredibly important to me that readers in this age group would find the characters to be authentic, and that readers of all ages would enjoy the heartaches and joys of my characters’ lives, which are no less now than they ever were—still full of verve, curiosity, and new beginnings. Nothing has come to a close in this stage of life. Instead, new chapters are just beginning.