SYDNEY’S SONG – The Next Big Thing

 

I’ve been tagged to answer ten questions about my current current WIP (Work In Progress) by these two lovely lady writers:

 

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Ui Poznansky – the author of “Apart from Love” and the upcoming “Home” o

      Ui Poznansky  of  http://uviart.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/the-next-big-thing.html

 

And Susan Taitel – ABNA’s semi-finalist of the hilarious “Random Act of Nudity”, an upcoming YA –not and an adult novel, of  http://susantaitel.com/week-14-the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/

 

First visit their marvelous blogs, and then read the following. Thank you.

 

Currently I have three WIS – Works In Suspension. My WIP, the one I’m still working on is the soon-to-be-released SYDNEY’S SONG.  It is still my WIP, as I’m currently occupied in learning about post-release steps. Following are my answers to the Ten Interview Questions in this blog-hopping, The Next Big Thing:

 

 

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A love story no reader will ever forget…

 

What is the working title of your book?

SYDNEY’S SONG

 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Life experiences. My life has always been very, very eventful—either things happen or I go out to make things happen. I shuffle these true experiences like a deck of cards. I arrange the cards like a beautiful fan. I glue them together with fiction.

For example, on the day I decided to write, an old uni friend posted an ancient pic on Facebook. It was of our group singing by a lake, together with an Australian friend from Beecroft. She had come all the way across the ocean to be with me, so distraught by her parents’ recent divorce. When I was busy during the day, I left her with my music-playing friends. They looked after her very well and she ended up having a wonderful holiday.

 

What genre does your book fall under?

Real-life socio fiction. Fiction/Humorous. Self-help/motivational.

 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Mia Wasikowska for Sydney:

Before her parents’ divorce: http://img1.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/w/b/wbzs4i8g6g7pzb47.jpg

Alone in a foreign land:

http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/mia-wasikowska-picture-10451050.htm

 

I can’t quite find an actor to play Pete yet, but  Andrew Garfield can play Ettore:

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2372835840/nm1940449

 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Grounded firmly in suburban settings where heartbreaks are juxtaposed with humour, a beautiful love story amid tragedies showcasing a young girl’s courageous journey to adulthood.

 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I met a critic who liked my work, and soon after a retired über agent praised it but advised that traditional publishers only take mainstream work. This made me look into indie publishing.

Today’s self-publishing authors have full control on the final product. A friend celebrates the freedom of unrestricted word count in her epic fantasy. Another finds delights in mixing his poetry and prose. And I appreciate the freedom to illustrate my work my way. The result isn’t just a beautiful story, but a beautiful-looking beautiful story. The rare, unique hardcopy will delight readers who are lovers of arts.

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Three delightful months.

 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

None from the recent books. SYDNEY’S SONG is complex without being complicated. A vivid portrayal of the people of Sydney, this is similar to the ancient Pepys Diary; however, its subtle depiction of modern workplace slavery is close to Max Havelaar. The book contains true stories of love and survival.

 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The first half, friends I used to work with, once upon a time. The second half, hubby.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Tragically humorous, SYDNEY’S SONG will entertain readers of any genre who occasionally want something different in their bookshelves.

 

Now hop over to the following blogs and meet these fantastic talents:

 

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Hattie Gunter

                                   Hattie Gunter of http://thevoveva.blogspot.ca/

 

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Hart Johnson,
blogger extraordinaire

                      Hart Johnson of http://www.waterytart23.blogspot.com.au/

 

And,

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Ey Wade, athor of “The Fishing Trip”

                                  Ey Wade of http://wade-inpublishing.blogspot.com.au/

 

(Awaiting confirmation from a few more bloggers)

 

 

 

 

SYDNEY’S SONG’S ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH. YOU’RE INVITED!

 

 

I would invite you all to celebrate my book launch with me. Why? Because I’d love to share my joy with the world. SYDNEY’S SONG is a delightful novel for readers of any genre who occasionally want something different. Check it out and come celebrate with me ONLINE!

Jump in to SYDNEY’S SONG’s Book LaunchRegister your attendance early and you’ll be in the draw to win one of 100 Large-Print copies for your local libraries. I’ll be rolling out the programme and a new excerpt every day, and of course, answering YOUR questions. Visit regularly for updates, and stay tuned for more exciting news. And oh, any actor or talented prose reader out there? Come participate in my Excerpt-Reading Competition! 

 

 

SYDNEY’S SONG will be available in ebook, paperback, and large-print paperback. But you don’t have to buy my book, though I’m sure it will bring smiles to your hearts. Just celebrate with me, get to know me and my work.

 

 

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

 

AN UNDEFEATABLE HEROINE…
Olympic fever runs high in the Australian summer of 1999 and 17-year-old Sydney has caught it. Little does she know taking a holiday job in the beehive that is the Olympics’ public-transport call centre will be life altering. Shaken by her parents’ divorce, the sheltered Aussie is further plagued by abusive callers, obnoxious government agencies, constrictive office rules, and liberated friends. She is trying to negotiate these challenges as her own personal Olympics when Pete finds her.

A HERO TO LIVE FOR…
Pete, Boston’s former child prodigy whose soothing voice floats across her workstation, sees through Sydney’s tough outer shell. Pete knows what it takes to present a dignified front when all you want to do is howl at the moon. Treating their friendship like an art, he invests time and creative effort to pull Sydney out of her despair.

A LOVE NO READER WILL EVER FORGET…
Tragedy strikes when an accident leaves Pete with a major brain injury in a Boston hospital. When the going gets very, very tough, will you abandon the one who’s promised to love you until he dies? What if YOU are the one who became disabled?

A TRUE STORY…
Set in Sydney and Boston where heartbreaks are juxtaposed with Sydney’s sense of humour, SYDNEY’S SONG is a young girl’s courageous journey to adulthood. A work of fiction based on real events, this novel with an Australian accent also shows the world that living with disabilities does not prevent a person from attaining happiness.

PART OF SYDNEY’S SONG’S PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE BRAIN FOUNDATION

 

EXCERPTS

 

Read the OPENING CHAPTER and more on  my website but here’s an excerpt:

“To Pokolbin Prison, please,” requested a woman in a very weak, barely audible low voice I could well relate to. A vision came to me of a gaunt, sickly, very depressed lady.
I worked out her travel plan. She had to catch a bus, two trains, and a bus again, for a three-hour journey. Then she asked, “How much would it cost for a pensioner and a three-year old?”
Tears gathered in my eyes. A poor young mother with a young child trying to visit her worthless husband at Christmas!
And she was not alone. “To John Moroney Prison, please,” said a miserable mother.
“To Silverwater Correction Centre, please.” A sad girlfriend.
“To Long Bay Jail, please.” A wretched daughter.
Long-suffering souls requested travel plans for Lithgow Jail, Parklea Jail, Goulburn Jail – you name it.
Come to think of it, there was hardly a male caller wanting to visit a female prisoner. Either the men did not use public transport or they didn’t bother to visit. What did this tell you?

 

 

 

 

REVIEWS

 

Here are some of what the reviewers say:

UVI POZNANSKY:I was too busy laughing and crying.”

MATT POSNER: SYDNEY’S SONG demonstrates the way in which human beings can thrive under adversity using the power of their hearts and wills.”  

IRINA DUNNIntelligent, touching, interesting and funny.”

MARY METCALFE“Haunting.” 

PHIL NORKThe writing was superb, the story kept me interested and the ending touched me in ways most books don’t.”

NORMA FOWLER: “Riveting… a young woman who is very keenly perceptive in all people and situations about her.”

JACOB COATES: “A fantastic love story grounded  quite firmly in a suburban setting with real  characters.”

BRENDA FRANKLIN: “Touches more than just the surface.”

 

 

 

If you are between the ages of 15 to 99, whoever you are, wherever you are,
you are cordially invited to attend and celebrate with The United Friends of Ia

Did I tell you that I have fans from three decades ago still treasuring my first novel in their goodreads shelves? They hunted me down, asking me to write again… Here’s hoping 200 years from now, SYDNEY’S SONG will still be read. And loved.

PHIL NORK’S REVIEW OF SYDNEY’S SONG

 

 

After reading Sydney’s Song I have come to the conclusion that growing up, no matter where it takes place, isn’t an easy thing to do. Welcome to Sydney’s life. She is a typical Australian teenager … well sort of. When she comes home one day and her mother and father tell her they are getting a divorce, she can’t believe it. But they both have their separate lives already … and neither one includes the other. They have come to grips with it, but Sydney can’t.

Mum and Dad leave and seventeen-year-old Sydney has the house to herself and her trusty dog, Dimity. She gets a job answering phone calls about public transit. It is a boring and demeaning job, but she puts in her best effort and makes the best of it.

Sydney decides never to drink or do drugs, never to give herself to the beckoning of the boys interested in her, and never to fall in love. But those decisions get tested by the new group of friends she meets at her job. They don’t understand her, but they accept her.

Not to be a spoiler, Sydney does eventually meet a handsome American boy and they start to build a relationship together. He changes her mind about her feelings of wanting to be alone and they grow together. In fact, she decides she can’t live without him. But he has a secret back home … one that Sydney must face head-on. Who should she trust?

That’s as far as I will go. The twists and turns inside this book make the reading fairly easy. I found myself turning pages as fast as I could.

There is SO much more to this story, but I believe that you the reader should experience it for yourself. The morale is to listen to your heart and not always to those around you. Believe in something, anything, and then make it happen. Although some things in life don’t go as planned, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from your experiences, try new things and eventually still end up happy.

I give Sydney’s Song a 4-star rating. The writing was superb, the story kept me interested and the ending touched me in ways most books don’t. God works in mysterious ways sometimes, and this book proves it. I recommend this book to anyone, male or female, who is trying to find their way in this world. It is a reminder that life can work out if you just trust your insides and follow what you feel.

 

 

Phil Nork
Author of Misguided Sensitivity, Legends of The Lake, and You’re Never Alone
And coming soon Life Is a Balance … It’s Not Only About You.
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Real life fiction for real life people

Some readers love stories about werewolves, shape-shifters or science fiction … things that may never happen to them. I write about situations that CAN happen to you and maybe already have … or at least they’re ones you can relate to.

 

 

 

MERLENE ALLISON’S REVIEW OF SYDNEY’S SONG

 

 

 

Wow, what a beautiful story! Not just a look at life through the eyes of another, this story takes you on a journey as a girl travels from childhood to become a strong woman who can deal with whatever life throws at her. Tears fill your eyes as she struggles with disaster only to be replaced with pride as she triumphs over each obstacle. You will also find a good balance of laughter that lets you know that no matter how hard life becomes there is always a rainbow after the storm passes.

 

 

 

Merlene M. Allison

Author of A Whisper of Secrets’

 

 

 

 

NORMA FOWLER’S REVIEW OF SYDNEY’S SONG

 

 

This book is riveting in its context and in the author’s expressions of a set time in her life. It has the honest and open opinions of a young woman who is very keenly perceptive in all people and situations about her.
I have also learned many things as it pertains to the Australian way. Many pieces of language and terminologies are apparently privy to that corner of the world. I found them to still be comprehensible; sometimes light and airy, sometimes comical

The ultimate thrust of the story; the love, honor and valor of a very young woman placed in a very difficult situation, was vividly seen throughout the story! I applaud the author for her compassion in sharing this story and conveying the important issues of brain injuries which could happen to anybody at any time.

Great Story!

 

 

Norma Fowler

Author of The False Prophet, The Devil & John Raines, Lucky Penny, several  poems and short stories
Northern Kentucky, USA