I have always been interested in the question of destiny. Are we put on this earth to do something special or unique--different from anyone else? This thought has crossed my mind several times when hearing about an accident where some people survived and others tragically did not. I wondered if the survivors still had to fulfill some purpose in their lives. This is how my novel, Caught Between Two Curses, was born.
Those thoughts--AND--a news story, about a guy named, Steve Bartman, who tried to catch a foul ball at a Chicago Cubs post-season game in 2003 which made many, many, many Cubs fans angry, caught my eye. Sportscasters talked about the Curse of the Billy Goat as being "the reason" the Cubs lost, and I wondered, "Is there anyone on this earth that could break the Curse of the Billy Goat?"
But once I started to write the novel, it became about so much more than breaking curses and fulfilling destinies. I think that's because my main character, Julie, took over the story. She had problems and issues she had to face at 17. So, although breaking the curses and questioning destiny are major themes in the book, I also explore what happens when a high school relationship going on since freshman year struggles because one person is ready to have sex and the other one still isn't when they are seniors.
These are the kind of issues I faced when I was a teenager, and they are still being faced today. After talking to teenagers, counselors, teachers, and parents, I realized in spite of what we all think--everyone really isn't doing "it." And sometimes, the person resisting does want to do it for many, many reasons, but something is holding him or her back. This is okay, of course, and I wanted it to be okay in my novel and explore all the ways that sex can be confusing when dating.
So, Julie is confused. She loves Gus--her body definitely wants to have sex, but something is holding her back. This is not okay with Gus, and he thinks that it will be so easy to let Julie go after 2 1/2 years, so he can find someone who does want to do it. But then, it's not as easy to let her go as he thought it would be. There's a connection with her that he misses.
I set out to write a book with baseball in it for teens and explore a question about destiny I had wondered about for a long time. But then, the novel became more than that--it became about relationships. And I hope that loveable, loyal, anxiety-ridden Julie can show us all that following our hearts and listening to our brains, too, are the best we can do when navigating through life. And if Destiny throws a curve ball at us, we can follow our instincts and protect our loved ones as well as ourselves.
Rocking Horse Publishing in March 2014), available at all major online retailers as a print or ebook, is the story of 17-year-old Julie Nigelson who is cursed. So is her entire family. And it’s not just any-old-regular curse, either—it’s strangely connected to the famous “Curse of the Billy Goat” on the Chicago Cubs. Julie must figure out this mystery while her uncle lies in a coma and her entire love life is in ruins: her boyfriend Gus is pressuring her to have sex, while her best friend Matt is growing more attractive to her all the time. Somehow, Julie must figure out how to save her uncle, her family’s future, and her own love life—and time is running out!
Check out the book trailer here: http://youtu.be/foFvYdh8KNs .
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