Beneath the Distant Star began on a train journey, when a passage revealed itself to me and I quickly wrote it down on the back of a Galaxy chocolate bar wrapper… The wrapper then became lost amongst the huge amounts of loose paper notes that authors and writers hoard! Fast forward to NaNoWriMo 2013 and I began planning my third novel. Ideas leaped around my head and I tried to formulate a plan then I recalled the scene on the chocolate wrapper and everything came together…
Jasmine, Freya’s younger sister, was about to tell her tale.
I developed my NaNoWriMo blurb: What happens when you feel like you’re the ghost of your dead sister? A sister you no longer remember? What happens when you remind your mother that you have what your sister never will…life? and the story began to take shape.
Many had asked me if Freya’s specific story would continue, and this is it. How would a child grow up barely remembering the sister she’d lost as a toddler?
The family dynamic had changed forever when Freya had died and grief had never let go of its hold. Jasmine’s story took on a life of its own as Freya’s little sister struggled to find her own identity. It was satisfying to allow her to explore her own grief and the journey she took to come to terms with it.
Again, for Jasmine’s story I drew on experience and scenes that were familiar to me. As a mother and daughter myself, and bringing up my own headstrong daughters, gave me much to draw on and this story covers many issues teens may deal with, including grief, isolation, bullying, and being bullied.
My publishing partners Blue Harvest Creative brought my three Hope Within novels together with another beautiful cover, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with them and designing my covers together. My daughter, Caitlin, has also been the cover model for all three, and we’ve had some fun photoshoots!
Beneath the Distant Star was released on 16th October 2015.
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Beneath the Distant Star
“Discover what you already have.”
Jasmine feels like the ghost of the sister she can no longer remember.
Her existence reminds her mother she has something her sister never will—life—and their fragile relationship shatters.
Jasmine craves love and acceptance but refuses to be her sister, Freya, and fights to become her own person. Life becomes a battleground as she disregards the rules and resolves to live her life to the fullest.
Jasmine’s reckless abandon threatens to destroy the very thing she needs most.
Beneath the Distant Star is available in print or eBook from Amazon.