EXPOSED, a novel in free verse (unrhyming poetry) by debut author Kim Marcus, is out this week. For today's post, we have Kim here to tell us about some of the things that got her through the writing of the book. EXPOSED is about a girl who is torn between her brother and her best friend when accusations are made that threaten everything.
Liz Grayson is the main character in my novel, EXPOSED. She’s a talented photographer, excited about her senior year in high school and looking forward to getting into college. She can’t imagine going through life without taking photos, or without her forever-best friend, Kate. But after an argument at their monthly sleepover, Kate suddenly starts avoiding Liz. Liz tries to make amends, but all of her attempts fail. And, when she learns the true reason behind Kate’s distance, her whole world changes and she wonders how she’ll make it through.
EXPOSED is my first novel and, at various points in the writing of it, I wondered how I would make it through, too. Here are 5 things that helped:
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Liz works in the concession stand onboard ferries that run between the fictional town of Shoreview, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, and the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Her father is a ferry captain. I spent time traveling back and forth on those ferries, talking to the workers, taking in the ocean air. I also spent time on Martha’s Vineyard, eating ice cream at Mad Martha’s (chocolate chip, in a cup, with jimmies) and taking a few spins on the Flying Horses Carousel. It was grueling, I tell you. All of it. But it had to be done.
Thing #5: Liz.
I think one of the main things that got me through the writing of this novel was my main character. Her dilemma was one that scared the heck out of me because I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be in her position. That was the hardest thing, figuring out her story in a way that felt real and true. And while it may have been the hardest thing, it was also what got me to The End. I needed to know how she would work things out. I needed to know that in a way that was so powerful it kept me going, even in the darkest moments when I was tempted to throw it all away. I felt I owed it to Liz to see where she would end up. I hope I’ve done her journey justice.