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To Forrest Shepherd, getting away to the family's beach house with her parents and her brother, Brian, is the best part of every summer. Until this year, when her mother invites Brian's obnoxious girlfriend, Olivia, to join them. Suddenly, Forrest's relaxing vacation becomes a mission to verify the reality of Olivia's rumored eating disorder. But the truth behind Olivia's finicky eating isn't at all what Forrest expected. And over the next thirty days, Forrest's world is turned upside down as her family's darkest secrets begin to come to light. To pre order, click here.
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Old friends, new acquaintances, tons of reminiscing and even a surprise visit from Christine's sixth-grade teacher made for a fantastic book-signing November 20 at Christine's hometown library, Hawkes Library in West Point, Georgia.
The Friends of Hawkes were oh-so-gracious in setting out a beautiful spread and making everyone feel welcome in the world's most charming and picturesque library, nestled on the banks of the shimmering Chattahoochee River.
Particularly memorable guests included little Sophie McDow, who at age 7 wrote and illustrated a book about her grandmother's resilience in continuing to create beautiful artwork despite her challenges as a quadruple amputee. Also there was fellow author Betsy Frey, accompanied by husband Bob, who recently saved her life by donating a kidney. A last-minute visit from Christine's sixth-grade teacher, Gail Sanders, topped off the day.
Christine expresses her most heartfelt appreciation for the family, friends and community members who showered her with such love and support. What a day!
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"Then I Met My Sister" Launch Party to view a photo gallery from the party, click here.
Christine signed copies of her young-adult novel, Then I Met My Sister, during a launch party June 18, 2011 at The Book Tavern in Augusta. Her trusty "entourage" (husband Graham and kids Greg and Julianne) was on hand to make lemonade runs and otherwise assist as needed. One guest even asked Greg and Julianne to pen messages in her copy of the book--more appropriate than she realizes since Christine based Summer's character on Julianne's personality. Christine is so grateful to the many friends, new and old, who attended the signing. Let her know what you think of the book by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or writing a review on Amazon.com. In other recent events...
Christine was guest author at Fort Mill Elementary School in Fort Mill, South Carolina on May 24. Christine read her picture book, Dreams to Grow On, to the students, then entertained them with other children's stories she's written, including an interactive tongue-twister that had the kids rolling with laughter in their role as impromptu "editors." It was a priceless day, chiefly because the Fort Mill audience included Christine's wonderful nephew, Benjamin Angelo Hurley. Also...
Christine was guest speaker at the June 14 meeting of the South Carolina Writers' Workshop in Aiken, South Carolina. She gave a synopsis of her writing career, then offering tips for conquering writers' block. The best part was last, when attendees read from their own poetry and/or manuscripts. Unbelievable talent. Christine has no doubt she'll be attending their book-signings soon.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”—William Wordsworth
One thing that strikes me about my writing is that the process has changed very little since I first started jotting down stories around age six. An idea fills my head and whines, cajoles, begs or bullies until I pay attention. Sometimes the ideas are so charming that I scoop them up in a hug. Other times, they’re so annoying that I snap, “What?” at their insistence. But either way, I can no more walk away from one than I could walk away from a child in need.
The ideas originate in my head, but they seem to have a mind, an essence, an existence of their own. I feel more like a vessel than an owner. Succumbing to these ideas’ insistence to flow through me is profoundly joyful, yet also utterly involuntary. And that hasn’t changed since I was six.
What has changed, I hope, is my wisdom, my insight, my courage … my head’s ability to make enough sense of these ideas to shape them into something meaningful, even the ones that scare me. Especially the ones that scare me.
I’m guessing you’ll glean from my books that I love all words, any words, Whether I’m writing for a young child, a tween, a young adult or a Ph.D., I try hard to move my reader … to make his world a little bigger or his heart a little fuller. Hopefully both.
So there you have it: I love words and I love ideas, and if I didn’t love them, they’d badger me anyhow. Thanks for sharing the experience with me.