Aislin never knew her great-grandmother, Lucy, who had left the family when Aislin’s grandmother was only six years old, and nobody had ever heard from her again. Her grandmother had few memories, and nobody ever talked about it.
Today, Aislin is a thirty-something wife and mother who is dealing–or not dealing–with pain, anger, and sorrow due to a tragedy that occurred seven months ago. When Aislin receives her great-grandmother Lucy’s old journal, it forces her to confront her own life and face the deep sorrow buried within her. Can Lucy’s journal awaken Aislin to acknowledge the pain in her own life and the steps she needs to take to be free? Or will she repeat family history?
I’ve always loved fiction, and have been an avid reader my entire life. I’m writing a novel of my own that is based on some unique family history: when my grandmother was young, somewhere between ages five and ten, her mother left. One story we’ve heard is that she wanted to move to New York City and become a concert pianist. Another explanation is that she was an alcoholic and couldn’t adequately parent my grandmother. My novel takes both of these ideas as true, and follows the life of a character named Lucy from a 14 year old girl moving into a boarding house until her death. The parallel story is a modern character named Aislin, who is Lucy’s great-granddaughter. Themes of identity, grief, and fear will play into the story as Lucy and Aislin’s lives are entangled through distance and time.
There’s obviously no publication date as I’m still in the process of writing, but if you are intrigued and want to stay up to date when there is some kind of development, join my mailing list. In the meantime, check out the novels of some of my friends: Nicole Baart, Kate Brauning, Meredith Rose, and Tosca Lee.