Erin Reardon gets her first kiss from Jim Morrison. She loses her virginity to David Bowie. When she flunks out of college, Bruce Springsteen is there to comfort her, and Elvis Costello breaks her heart in Europe. So what happens when she actually meets a rock star? Leaving the Beach is a gritty story about illusion, reality, and the odd ways that music can blur the lines between the two.
Written with heart and keen observation about the day-to-day struggles of a “functioning bulimic,” Leaving the Beach explores the power of fantasy, then shoves it up against harsh reality until something has to give in this women’s novel set on the sandy beaches of Winthrop, Massachusetts.
Targeted Age Group: over 18
Book Price: $.99
Link To Buy Bargain Book
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I haven’t read another book about a bulimic who’s obsessed with music. I have read many stories about people with eating disorders, but most of those are “issue books” in which the eating disorder is the main focus of the story. In Leaving the Beach, bulimia is only one aspect of the character’s complex personality.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t give up if you’re feeling stuck. Instead, try to find a good writing group to help you, both with ideas, and with other issues you may be having, such as deciding on how to publish, etc. Joining a writing group was the best thing I ever did (in my writing career). I’m now a member of three different groups, and each one is helpful in a different way.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have a history with eating disorders–especially bulimia–although I’ve been healthy for almost twenty years now, and am the mother of two healthy teenagers. I’m also a huge music fan, as is my protagonist, Erin Reardon.
About the Author:
Mary Rowen is a Boston area mom with a wonderful family that allows her time to write almost every day. Leaving the Beach, although pure fiction, certainly draws on some personal experience. As the tagline states, it’s “a novel of obsession and music,” and rock music has always been a driving force in Rowen’s life. She was a functioning bulimic for over fifteen years, and really wanted to write a story with a bulimic main character. Eating disorders are so complicated–and dangerous–and she hopes Leaving the Beach might encourage people suffering from them to seek help.