Kids in America
This is the novel that I have recently had published. The lead character is Mary Lyon, a seemingly ordinary teenager coming up to her eighteenth birthday. She has been raised by her father, alongside her two siblings, after their mother died when Mary was eight.
It involves a reimagining of certain Greek gods and goddesses and takes a supernatural turn. I've always been fascinated by myths and legends and liked the idea of including them in some way in a human historical novel. It was a way to challenge myself, trying to meld the normal and the fantastical within one story.
Hopefully, it was a successful attempt, but I will find out when, or actually if anyone outside of my friends and family purchase the book.
Opening section of Kids in America
Foreword by Mary Lyon
My mother was a remarkable woman. I know that many people who will read probably have some kind of idea of who she was, given the many times that she was photographed and interviewed, particularly in her adult life thanks to her high profile career choices. However the public profile of the sunny tempered and open hearted girl was only a fraction of her true personality.
She was seen as a swan, elegant and self possessed despite her heavy work schedule and the fact that she raised three children at the same time. I always saw her as a Labrador though, she was incredibly energetic with a huge heart and a tendency to leave a bit of a mess in her wake, because she was more interested in showing people all the incredible things that the world had to offer.
I adored her slightly chaotic manner, she was warm and protective and never let anyone make me feel inferior because of the fact that my dad didn’t spend a a lot of time with me throughout my childhood. She brought Luc, Dawn and I up to be our own people and etch our own distinctive path through life, truly embodying the Oscar Wilde quote to 'be yourself, everyone else is already taken'. I don’t think that she cared about anything more than her children being happy and safe, as long as we didn't hurt anyone else in the pursuit of our own happiness.