First Sentence Friday! CHAPTER NINETEEN

When writing a story about suffering, hardship and deprivation, there needs to be a balance of good with bad, or readers will be slap worn out (and as the writer, so would I) if it was all negative, with nothing good happening.  I love, love, love stories where characters are thoroughly challenged, where they go through some really tough times, but I also realize for a story to have balance, and to convey something of a realistic, true to life experience, there must come a turn towards something positive.  A reprieve, if you will.

The Stampers finally have that, if only for a while.

Chapter Nineteen

We stood a few minutes soaking in the applause and feeling right proud of ourselves.

 

Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOK Fall/Winter 2017, and a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Trio Pick for 2018, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET releases December 26th, 2017.  

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COMMENTS

  • Susan Peterson

    October 20, 2017

    Reply

    Both of your books are the perfect juxtaposition of good and bad, despair and hope, somber and lighthearted. It’s the strength and resiliency in your characters that uplift your stories.

    • Donna Everhart

      October 20, 2017

      Reply

      Thank you for saying that! What a great compliment. I’ve never been one for the “fainting couch.” 🙂

      • Susan Peterson

        October 20, 2017

        Reply

        Nor have I…I don’t shy away from difficult subject matter, but there needs to be something hopeful, something uplifting to keep the stories from becoming maudlin. Neither Dixie nor Wallis Ann felt sorry for themselves…they didn’t wallow in self-pity. Both of their circumstances were dire, but they never gave up, they never stopped believing that better times were ahead,

        • Donna Everhart

          October 20, 2017

          Reply

          That’s it. Exactly. If the character has no hope, no fortitude – where’s the story? And what’s a reader to think? Personally, I wouldn’t like the characters if they were the “woe is me,” sort. There are some stories out there I think try too hard to be dramatic/show personal crises that soon become overblown. (no names being mentioned here! 😉 ) I.e. shock scenes for the sake of that…shock. I like realistic, what if this happened, and is it possible to get out of it, types of stories. I really appreciate your input on my work. It means a lot!

  • lilacshoshanwp

    October 20, 2017

    Reply

    What you’ve said in this post is so wise, Donna! But I’m not surprised because you are brilliant. And you are right, as always. 🙂 I love today’s sentence! <3 <3 <3

    • Donna Everhart

      October 20, 2017

      Reply

      Thank you, as always Lilac, for your kind words! (I don’t know about that brilliant part though… 🙂 ) <3 <3 <3

  • John Davis Frain

    October 20, 2017

    Reply

    The Stampers should capture a good mental picture of this moment. Cuz I don’t imagine it stays much past chapter 19. Not that I know anything about the book, but just about life…

    • Donna Everhart

      October 23, 2017

      Reply

      Ha, you made me go look. I have several of these already set to publish and I was like…hmmm, wait, Chapter Twenty? What’s that about? Turns out, they’re still doing okay, but you’ll have to wait and see for yourself. 🙂

  • Eldonna Edwards

    October 22, 2017

    Reply

    I’m not a fan of stories wrapped up in a neat bow. I loved the raw honesty of both hardship and hope in this book, Donna.

    • Donna Everhart

      October 23, 2017

      Reply

      I like realistic endings – endings that are satisfactory, but maybe a little unexpected too. And I love what you said – hardship and hope. That’s exactly this story.

  • Micki Browning

    October 23, 2017

    Reply

    “If only for a while”… You cruel, cruel woman! But you are so right. The comedic beat, the smile in the darkness, that spark of optimism. Life (and stories) need them. ESPECIALLY when you know it’s only a temporary reprieve–ya big meanie. ; )

    • Donna Everhart

      October 23, 2017

      Reply

      Mwwaaahhhaaahhaha. 🙂

  • Craig

    October 25, 2017

    Reply

    Take yourself a bow too, my dear. With all that must be going on you managed to update your website with one that works consistently.

    You also set up this week’d “first sentence” in a way when you can almost hear the chain drive of the roller coaster cart as it climbs toward the crest of a hill.

    Congratulations.

    • Donna Everhart

      October 26, 2017

      Reply

      I wish I’d known folks were having issues. Shout if anything runs amok! I actually had the website guys fix it – they rebuilt the blog page without some sort of loading stuff it was doing…long as it works, I don’t care!

      There is a lot going on – none of it fun, but I’m trying to go about “business as usual” to the best of my ability.

      That chain drive thing you mention – gosh, that and that pause at the top of the hill? Whew, those two things used to get me all amped up for the downhill swoop! I love roller coasters.


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