YOUNG ADULT – Guest Blog
Caryn Alderson just wants to be a normal teenager. She has recently moved from Houston to Indianapolis and hopes to make new friends at Rosslyn High School. Then she meets Quince Adams, the school’s star athlete, and is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, there are two obstacles to a relationship with Quince: cheerleader Kensington Marlow, and Caryn’s Uncle Omar. So what’s the problem? Kensington’s cheating on Quince, and Uncle Omar died in Vietnam at age 20!
Imagine hearing disembodied voices, seeing spirits no one else can see, and knowing things about people that there’s no logical explanation for. No wonder Quince and all her new friends think she’s weird! Then, just when Caryn thinks her psychic abilities are under wraps, her friend Megan blurts out the truth about her on local TV during a staged school protest. Will Caryn finally admit the truth? Does she really have a choice?
I had a great time writing that book. I was teaching high school English at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis at the time, and the initial spark of the main character Caryn came to me from one of my students. This is how I remember the conversation:
Me: Really? No one told the teachers. How do you know?
Student: (Name omitted) told me.
Me: How does she know?
Student: (With a shrug) She’s psychic. Didn’t you know?
Now truthfully, I don’t remember if we had the fire drill or not, and I have no idea if that young lady was really psychic, but the whole thing set me to wondering what it would be like inside her head if she was psychic, and what her life would be like trying to deal with that. The result is Confessions of a Teenage Psychic.
I just retired from teaching, but I haven’t retired from writing. I write a blog on the website of the museum where I work part time under Staff blogs; I sit on the editorial board of a local newspaper; I get up on my high horse occasionally and send a letter to the editor of the Indianapolis Star newspaper concerning public education; I submit opinions to Soap Opera Digest; I have another published contemporary romance novel entitled Certainly Sensible which came out in 2011; I’m working on another young adult novel which I hope to finish this summer. So retirement looks pretty busy!
I periodically post comments on my Facebook page under the title of the book, so if you read it, I hope you’ll leave a comment there. I’ll take the positive with the negative. A few months ago my publisher was approached by a Los Angeles production company about purchasing the movie/TV rights to the book. Hollywood moves very slowly, but perhaps if enough people buy/read the book, it will catch the attention of those elusive production folks out there in LA.
I’ve been told my book is a good poolside or beach-blanket read, so I hope you will spread the word. Please feel free to send me a Facebook message or post something on my page there. I will definitely respond.