Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine
Publication Date: December 20, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.
Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.
Have you ever had to stop writing because the direction of your book changed course too much from the original start?
Oh, for sure! Early on in my writing career, I worked without writing any outline or synopsis. That got me into loads of trouble. The story would have too many characters, too many themes and meandering plotlines. I had to scrap a few novels-in-progress for this very reason.
When I teach novel-craft, I find that other aspiring authors also do this, and some have a real anxiety or aversion to outlining. I gently prod them just to try it!
I also know some people can do fine without outlining but I am not in that camp.
At this point, I find that an even better tool than outlining is to write a 3-page synopsis. It is equivalent to an artist doing thumbnail sketches or a book dummy. I love figuring the book out this way, and it the synopsis tool has allowed me to become a faster writer as well.
Some novels, which get out of control can be saved, reshaped, trimmed. One specific example for me is actually Heart in a Box, my brand new novel!
It was originally much longer, and involved an entire trip to India. I read it over a few years later and realized I had two whole novels in one! In dissecting it into two novels I had my solution. So, the lesson here is to never delete old writing. It can be polished to fine sheen when revised and reshaped.
Thanks for having me on the blog! And if you do read Heart in a Box, I hope you love it as much as I do. Joss is one of my favorite leading ladies.
Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.
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The prize pack includes:
A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.
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