Tuesday, April 29, 2008

sooooo nervous!

I’m so nervous! My first novel, Life on the Move, is out today.

This is a story that’s dear to my heart, for a lot of reasons. For me, a move across country when I was in high school changed my entire life. For Casey, in Life on the Move, it’s the prospect of staying in one place that sets her on a new journey, one that leads her to discover who she really is.

Here’s a tiny excerpt:

When I came home from school and saw the boxes, I knew. We were moving again. My dad stood there, looking for some reaction from me, waiting for me to say something, but I put my head down and stared at my sneakers. A hole was wearing through the toe. I couldn’t face him.

In my room, I slung my book bag onto my bed. The books in it made the secondhand mattress sag a little. The books were new, for me. I thought I’d try it. Something different this time. I’d be a nerd, a grind. Study, do homework. It was working. School was easy if you gave it any effort, even if you’d jumped around as much as I had. There was nothing else to set me apart—brown hair, brown eyes, average build. I could blend in anywhere, and I liked it. It made things easier if no one noticed me.

Two brown cardboard boxes rested against the closet door. How thoughtful of my dad to put them in here for me. I stared at them through narrowed eyes. They mocked me in my father’s voice. “Better get started,” they said. “It won’t be long now.”

Life on the Move


Anonymous said...

Megan, your gift is the ability to make your characters breathe, as I have mentioned time and time again. Casey is as real, no more real, than most people are to me. Her struggle was real, and I truly felt as if I were experiencing her reality.
You have nothing to be nervous about, honestly. I would like to read more about Casey. Is she still residing in your head?

Anonymous said...

I forgot a comma after "no." Casey is more real than most people are to me.

Shawn Michel de Montaigne said...

My best to this project and its success!

I've enjoyed dropping by your blog, and wish it, and you, a brilliant future.