In Others’ Words: Second (Novel, That Is)
“It wasn’t that she didn’t have a satisfying life–an exciting life, even. It’s just that at thirty-six years old, she’d hoped for . . . more.” Kendall Haynes in Catch a Falling Star
There are many stages to writing a book.
The initial spark of an idea. The fast-draft. The rewrite — and all the edits after that, leading up to the galley, or final edit. That’s where I am with Catch a Falling Star, my second novel with Howard Books, which releases May 2013.
Along the way, as I’m writing and editing, the art department develops the cover to represent the story that unfolds between the front of the book and the back cover copy. Today, I’m celebrating the wonderful talent at Howard Books that so beautifully captured the essence of Catch a Falling Star.
Yes, Kendall Haynes, the heroine of the contemporary romance, is a Jeep gal. And I love how it looks just like she’s gazing out over the night lights of Colorado Springs, the setting for the story (and where I live).
In Catch a Falling Star, you’ll watch Kendall, a successful family physician, struggle with the question: What do you do when life doesn’t go according to plan? At thirty-six, some of her dreams have come true. But are Kendall’s dreams of having it all — a career, a husband, children — nothing more than a childhood fantasy? God says He knows the plans He has for her –why can’t Kendall figure them out and be content with her life?
You’ll also meet Griffin Walker, a guy who prefers flying solo — both as an Air Force pilot and in his personal life. But a wrong choice and health problems pulled him out of the cockpit. His attempts to get out of “flying a desk” are complicated by his parents’ death — making Griffin the reluctant guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother, Ian. How did his life get so off course? Can he get his life back on track … or has there been a divine plan all along?
Catch a Falling Star was prompted by a conversation I had with a good friend — and I learned a lot about myself, expectations, and God as I wrote this story.
In Your Words: What do you when life doesn’t go according to plan? Keep pushing for Plan A? Pull Plan B out of your back pocket? Or do you … just settle?
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