What is your book all about?
A Dress the Color of the Sky is about how our childhood can shape and mold who we are as adults and how we can unwind some of the broken parts we carry into our adult lives. The underlying theme is one woman’s journey to heal from her childhood trauma and find self-love. The story reads like a memoir while moving back and forth in time. My protagonist, Prudence Aldrich, is quite flawed and poorly behaved at the beginning of the novel, but as the reader learns about her childhood and strength of spirit, they find themselves rooting for Prudence.
What inspired you to write the book?
I wrote the book when I was going through a divorce and curious as to why I married the wrong person. My curiosity also dug into the fact that I married an alcoholic and I am the child of an alcoholic. I knew there were some underlying issues from my childhood that I wasn’t facing and figured there were others who felt the same way. What began as a story to help me heal from my broken heart and my childhood trauma turned out to be a story which resonated with my readers in ways I never imagined. I have received the most incredible private messages from readers about how much this story has meant to them. The reviews have been unparalleled and they are also very touching to read.
What is your target audience for the book?
A Dress the Color of the Sky is a book club read and there are book club discussion points in the back. What has been surprising is the number of men who have written reviews. It’s really been astounding and was not my original target audience. The other interesting phenomenon is that mothers have told me they shared the book with their daughters. The story has instigated some interesting conversations and even healed relationships between siblings who stopped speaking over their childhood experiences.
What do you hope readers could get out from your book?
Any reader who is curious about what it’s like to experience an in-patient rehab program or understand the mind of a sex addict would enjoy the book. This is a story about the human condition and the strength of the human spirit. Many of us are held back by our past and this book teaches us to accept our past and move forward into a place of self-love. It’s also quite entertaining to learn about the cast of characters in rehab and what landed them in rehab. I did quite a bit of research to ensure that their story portrays a realistic therapeutic milieu so my readers could experience rehab through the pages of my book.
What are your future goals/plans for the book?
I published the book indie because at the time, I had a film option which has since expired but I felt a sense of urgency to relate the book. Since publishing Dress, I have signed with a literary agent and completed the stand-alone sequel, A Dress the Color of the Moon. My hope is to have the book picked up by a big publisher and re-released with a new cover. The current cover was designed by the film producer who optioned the rights. Although it’s very beautiful, the cover doesn’t portray the serious nature of the story within the pages. It’s very difficult to have an indie-published book picked up by a big publisher but I’m not losing hope. My agent has been pitching the sequel to publishers but has made it clear to me that even having a sequel picked up when book one was published indie is nearly impossible. This leads me to my third book, The Ad Agency. If I can’t get Dress and Moon picked up then I have The Ad Agency. Whoever signs me will have to pick up my first to books as well. At least that’s what I’m hoping!
And something more about yourself.
I’m extremely hardworking and everything I do in my side hustle to survive financially is geared towards someday making a living as a writer. Since releasing my debut novel, I have been heart warmed by the outpouring of love and support I have received from my readers and the indie author community. I tell myself this is a marathon and I need to be patient. My time will come. I can feel it in my bones. Other than writing, working as a funding specialist, and Pilates instructor, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, my three grown sons when they’re around, and my friends. I exercise every day because it helps with my stress levels and I love to eat!