It’s officially here! My latest novel, A Penny Lost, is available to purchase. You can buy it on Kindle or on print. I cannot thank enough the people who worked with me on this grand, exciting project. When you read my book and finds that it makes sense, you too can thank my editor Ashley Gephart for her enlightening insight. And have you seen this cover? Seriously, look at this thing.
For that work of art, I thank Kimberly Kay. Her brilliant artistic skills bought to life the theme of my book. If you like it, check out her amazing coloring book. In honor of the release, I wanted to share with you 5 fun facts about the book, A Penny Lost:
- A Short Story Gone Wild: This novel was originally a short story I wrote for the Inaccurate Realities anthology. In the short story, history geek Penelope Grace gets sucks onto the Titanic moments before the fatal collision with an iceberg. There she meets a mysterious but cute stranger and together they learn the true meaning of hope and heroics. After the publication of the short story, I couldn’t let go of Penny’s character. The more I explored, however, the more complex of a character Penny became until she held little resemblance to the original.
- The idea from the book actually stemmed from a Doctor Who episode, though you might find there are few similarities. The more drafts I went through to polish the story, the more those connections got erased.
- Penelope Grace was originally a history geek with no superpowers of her own. When I received my certificate in basic meditation and energy work, Penny kept popping up and becoming more powerful herself until she gained her own superpowers in her natural ability to control spiritual energies.
- Penny’s love interest went through multiple character drafts until he happily took on the role of Stranger, a boy who lost his memory but not his sense of hope. Originally, he was a seasoned time traveler with a jaded heart and little hope for the future but his true humility shined through until he became the adorable cutie he is now.
- Because Stranger lost his memory, there’s little factual information about him throughout the first book. However, if you pay close attention, you might be able to spot some of the clues to his past which I’ve sprinkled throughout.