Sorry I’ve been a little lame here and haven’t posted much but it’s all for a good reason – Devotion! I’m trying to get it all wrapped up nice and pretty for you for the beginning of February. In other words, it’s sucking up all of my creativity, focus and time like a literary vampire. I’ll
bless haunt you with my presence more often soon enough and I’ll even be able to bring back Teaser Tuesdays with some clips from Devotion. In the meantime…
Today we have a special guest post from the fabulously talented Jessica Bell, whose debut String Bridge just released last month. Jessica has been a great online writer friend who has helped me with some sticky spots during Genesis and Devotion. I’m so excited for her new release and can’t wait until I have some downtime to read it.
Jessica Bell is a literary women’s fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist. Her debut novel, String Bridge, is slated for publication by Lucky Press, LLC, November, 2011.
She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the ’80s and early ’90s. She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer/editor for Hellenic American Union, Cengage Learning, Pearson Education, Education First and Signature Manuscripts. Jessica Bell’s poetry and short stories have been published in various anthologies and Literary Magazines. A full list can be found on her website. Additionally, she has written various English textbook materials and is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist. Ms. Bell’s experience as an Australian living in Greece has greatly influenced her writing.
Jessica Bell has a Bachelor of Arts from Latrobe University, where she studied subjects such as modern English literature, fiction writing, nonfiction writing, screenplay writing, editing and publishing children’s literature, myth and ideology, and 18th-century romanticism.
About String Bridge:
Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a ‘proper’ career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage–and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits.
Jessica’s guest post:
- I gave Melody my job … because I know my job inside out and have 7 years experience of it.
- I gave Melody the aspiration to be a musician … because I’m a musician also, and can thoroughly describe how music makes one feel.
- I gave Melody my location, Athens, Greece … because I know it like the back of my own hand. (Not to mention that it’s a really interesting city to set a story in!)
- I gave Melody’s parents a home on a Greek island … because mine live on a Greek island and I also know that like the back of my own hand.
- I gave Melody’s husband the same job as my partner … because I know what that kind of work entails from an outsider’s perspective.
To read more about String Bridge and its accompanying all-original soundtrack, Melody Hill: On the Other Side, written and performed by the author, please visit: http://www.stringbridge.com/
String Bridge (a novel): http://www.stringbridge.com/
Retreat & workshop site: http://hwrw.blogspot.com/