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Gather close all you hold dear. Life can change in a split second…and there will be nothing you can do to stop it.
Parents: Ask yourselves how would you react if your 14-year old daughter claimed to be seeing visions?
Teenagers: would you risk ridicule and scorn – knowing others besides yourself will be affected – to voice a seemingly impossible claim?
As Streatham, South London, still reels from the riots in neighbouring Brixton, Graham Jones, an ordinary father, grows fearful for his teenage daughter Judy who faces a world where the pace of change appears to be accelerating. But even he cannot predict what will happen next. A series of events is about to be unleashed over which he will have no control, and the lives of his family will be turned upside-down.
Judy Jones knows what it means to survive. Having already defied medical predictions, not only surviving after she was buried when a wall collapsed, but learning to walk again. She understands that she is changed. She has even learned to love her scars. But when Judy claims to be seeing visions, her father will call it a miracle, and, the headline-hungry press will label her The Miracle Girl.
Horrified that her only child is becoming public property, Elaine’s claim on her daughter seems to be diminishing. Present when she came close to losing Judy a first time – knowing it was the paramedics and surgeons who saved her – she demands a medical explanation.
But Judy, refusing to become caught up in her parents’ emotional tug-of-war, is adamant. She must tread her own path, wherever it takes her.
Delusion, deception, diabolic – or is it just possible that Judy’s apparitions are authentic?
This intense and emotionally-charged portrait of a family deep in crisis will have you reflecting on all that you believe to be true.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
Book Price: $2.99
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My writing varies from Literary (These Fragile Things), to historical (I Stopped Time), to contemporary (A Funeral for an Owl). I am more interested in writing a great book rather than worry how it will be pigeon-holed. I interview authors for my own blog at www.jane-davis.co.uk, what they all say matters the most is charcterisation. Everything else stems from that. My books raise moral issues that make for interesting discussions for book clubs. Once readers discover my books, reviews suggest they tend to read everything I have written.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Get the words down on the page. Don’t be afraid of big themes. Don’t rush. Allow the characters to take shape. Find their motoivations. Put them in situations that challenge them. Let the reader know what is at stake. Draw out the themes and develope them. Ensure there is conflict on every page. Ensure there is a clear sense of time and place. Find the single sentence that the whole plot hangs off. Usually this will surprise you. Serendipity – that moment when it all comes together – is one of the joys of writing.
Jane Davis lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, star-gazing, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. Her first novel, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ She has since self-published three further novels, I Stopped Time, These Fragile Things and A Funeral for an Owl. All of her novels have been endorsed by Compulsion Reads who say, ‘Davis is a phenomenal writer, whose ability to create well rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless.’ Her favourite description of fiction is that it is ‘made-up truth.’
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The original inspiration to write this book came from the discovery that there is a woman is my locality who claims to have been seeing visions of Our Lady since every day since the 1980’s which have been completely rubbished by the Catholic church. My grandfather’s conversion to the Catholic faith is part of my family history. Because my grandmother died when my dad was just two and a half and his father was in the army, my dad and his brother and sisters were sent to live in a chidlren’s home rather than be farmed out to non-Catholic members of the family. When one of his sisters died there, a wonderful aunt rescued them. When I asked my father why he had kept his faith, his answer was that none of what he had been through would be acceptable if it wasn’t true. In other words, he needed it to be true.