A guest post by writer Lisa Kline:
I was talking with my husband about this blog post and trying to figure out how to connect menopause to my new middle-grade books and he said, “What about ‘HOT FLASH! READ MY NEW BOOKS!’”
I burst out laughing. I’d been hoping for something a bit more subtle but what the heck, that works.
I wrote the first draft of the opening novel for this series, Summer of the Wolves, several years ago, when we still had daughters in their pre-teens. My publisher at the time wasn’t interested in it. While our daughters completed high school and college, the file sat untouched on my hard drive. Until one day, after my last novel came out, my agent said, “So…what else do you have?” And I told her about the novel languishing on my hard drive.
In short, I pulled it out, polished it, and sent it to her. And not only did Zondervan buy it, they asked me to write three more novels with the same characters.
This series, Sisters in All Seasons, is about Stephanie and Diana, who become stepsisters when Diana’s mother marries Stephanie’s father. The girls possess very different forms of courage, and don’t respect or empathize with each other at first. The series is the story of their journey to learn to trust and love one another. Oh, and each book features a different vacation location in North Carolina and a different animal.
The first two books, Summer of the Wolves and Wild Horse Spring, were just released. The first takes place in the mountains of North Carolina, and the second takes place on the coast.
And yes, it is a rather interesting experience, at the end of menopause, to be writing from the point of view of characters who are just starting their periods. But, strangely, many of the emotional experiences are similar!
Book Signing and Drawing: I will be doing a reading and signing at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, June 30 at 2:00. We’ll be putting names of those attending in a bowl for a giveaway there, too. If you live in the area, I’d love to meet you!
Giveaway! Do you have a daughter, granddaughter, or another young lady in your life between the ages of 8 and 12 who would love an autographed copy of Summer of the Wolves? Let us know by submitting a comment by July 4th at noon. Winner will be selected at random.
Lisa Williams Kline is the author of the Sisters in All Seasons series as well as three novels for young people and a short story collection for adults. Her first novel won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Read more about her at Lisawilliamskline.
The photo below was taken by Lisa’s daughter, Kelsey.
The cover art for the Sisters in All Seasons series was created by Thinkpen Design. Photography is by Mark Jackson.