Welcome to another beautiful day! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are and that you’re ready to tackle this day, with the best attitude! 🙂
Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming Author, Tina Truax to my blog. She will be sharing some fun book facts that I know you will enjoy…
My first book-length work is slated for release at the end of March! It is an exciting and busy time, as you can imagine. As crazy as things are, I’m happy to take a breather and share some fun book facts about Girl on the Right: Memoir of a Life Upside Down. Let’s dive in!
The book’s inspiration began with an image posted on Pinterest.
Yes, tis true! Two years ago I came across a photo on Pinterest that showed four little ballerinas standing at a ballet bar, patiently waiting for their teacher’s next instruction. As my eyes took in the girls one-by-one from left to right, they landed on the fifth girl. There she was, the girl on the right, upside down, doing her own thing, and the opposite of the other four. I thought to myself, “That’s me! I’m the girl on the right!”
After taking the photo for a test drive in my social circle, I found that each woman who saw it had an immediate, emphatic response of either being the girl on the right, or identifying as a girl on the left. I was intrigued, and my wheels were churning. I decided to explore my own response, which led me in several directions, and ultimately to the final product – my memoir.
I was in a car accident halfway through the first draft and injured my typing hand.
Have you ever hit a parked garbage truck? I have, and it wasn’t fun. Thankfully, and much to the shock of the emergency crew and doctors, I lived to tell the tale. As grateful as I am that I walked away virtually unscathed, I am more than a little irritated with the air bag that took out my right thumb. It isn’t just any thumb, but my typing thumb! Gah! Talk about bad timing. Being the overachiever that I am, I forged ahead with my manuscript at a snail’s pace, my right hand strapped in and nearly immovable. Writers are fierce creatures when it comes to their craft.
I sprained my ankle during the book cover photo shoot.
Do you see a pattern here? I take full responsibility for my injury, of course. In true shoe vixen form, I was determined to shoot the cover wearing a certain pair of bejeweled high heels. They are magnificent, sparkly shoes, but were not meant for acrobatics on a ballet bar, I sadly discovered. It was the first shot of the day; I was going in for the upside down girl-on-the-right recreation. BAM! My T-Rex arm quickly gave way and my 41 year-old body landed with a thud on the hard floor, making my ankle a casualty of war. We eventually got the desired shot with the assistance of a chair (thank you, Photoshop!). You will find me in all my upside down glory on the back cover, just above the book blurb. I love it!
The final manuscript was not what I thought it would be.
As it goes with book writing, sometimes your end product is a slightly different version of your initial concept. Mine bypassed “slightly different” and warp speed. I had this vision of a quirky, funny, intelligent, and witty read, tackling what it means to be the girl on the right as portrayed in the inspiration photo. Then I realized I was writing pure crap. My actual writing wasn’t crap, but my approach. How can I convince a reader of my authority about all things girl-on-the-right when I wasn’t touching on the journey to become her? I was essentially a fraud and lying by omission. Once I realized this, I threw away my first draft and started again. This time I was honest, transparent, and earthy. The book is exactly how it was always meant to be, I just didn’t know it at the outset. Life is funny, isn’t it?
Each chapter reads like an essay.
As a veteran essayist and first-time book author, I had to structure the chapters in a way that I was comfortable, and that will provide the most reader-friendly experience. Memoirs can go very wrong in this aspect, and I’ve suffered through enough of this particular genre to know! There is nothing worse than force-reading a boring memoir from cover to cover. I introduce topics like mental illness, rape, divorce, motherhood, friendship, and a host of others. I hope you learn a few things about life, me, and living with passion and purpose despite what obstacles may present themselves along your journey.
And there you have it, five fun book facts about Girl on the Right: Memoir of a Life Upside Down. I hope I’ve piqued your interest about my book, and welcome your questions or comments. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Tina Truax is an award-winning essayist of narrative nonfiction, and author of two Amazon Kindle Short Reads, “Grimmy’s Girl” and “Ending Life.” In addition, she is a coffee addict who loves reading, walking on the beach, and riding her tricked out bike, who she affectionately named Sunny.
Tina is excited to share her first book-length work in March 2017.
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Until next time, lovelies……… Happy Reading & Reviewing!!!