Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Fiction
Publisher: Rooted Publishing
Publication Date: April 15, 2016
Number of pages: 349
One word can change a life…
Sarah Sharpe has grown up as a carpenter’s daughter, knowing only the rough and work-heavy world of her father’s blue-collar profession. Abandoned by her mother as a baby, she’s lived twenty-one years content to drive nails at her dad’s side. Following her father into the world of construction was a natural path, and she took it without a second thought. But a harsh comment about her “butch” appearance sends her on a search for identity.
Sarah’s quest for self-definition becomes more tangled than she ever imagined, and she discovers that the journey will take her deeper than clothes and makeup. Filling the void in her heart becomes an obsession she cannot escape. How far is she willing to go to discover who she really is?
So while I do a happy dance in my kitchen, which I can’t show you, and you probably really don’t want to see, I’ll hand you the cover of my newest novel….
I have to say right off that I’m usually not a fan of decapitated heads on covers. So, why’d we go that route? Well, let me take you through the process…
The photo shoot lasted a little more than an hour, and we had quite a few laughs during that time. Joanna is a stage actress, and she really showed her talent as she captured Sarah Sharpe’s quest for identity during the session. Here’s a few shots that didn’t make the cut:
This went on for hours. Days. And in the midst of it, and through talking with my critique partners and beta readers something important came to the surface. Sarah Sharpe could be any of us. She could be our neighbor. The shy girl who never makes eye contact at the coffee shop. The outspoken woman who is too bristly to embrace. She could be you. Heaven knows, she’s often me. In the story I give vague details about character’s physical descriptions—hair and eye color and that’s about it. In fiction, this is often frowned upon. People want to be able to “see” the characters they’re reading about, right?
I want my reader to become Sarah Sharpe. To live in her skin. I feel like there is a greater impact when we don’t focus on the face but rather on the heart. I want a reader to literally take this journey with Sarah, because what she discovers is universally important. Life changing.
How do I know? I took that walk with her, and it has made all the difference .
In the end, we decapitated my model (poor Jo!). On purpose. I hope that you’ll forgive me (Joanna already has).
I’m thrilled with the cover for Sarah’s story, and I can’t wait to show you what’s inside. To celebrate the fact that I’m actually ahead of schedule (Whoa. Mark it down, scribe.) the preorder is live and you can lock in your Kindle copy for $0.99. The link is below.
The Carpenter’s Daughter on Amazon.
Like I said, I’m so excited! Sarah’s story is pretty special to me, and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Thank you so much for allowing me to gush!
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