Tuesday, October 20, 2020

"Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters"

Emily Carpenter is the bestselling author of Until the Day I Die, Every Single Secret, The Weight of Lies, and Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. A graduate of Auburn University, Carpenter has worked as an actor, producer, screenwriter, and behind-the-scenes soap opera assistant for CBS television. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she moved to New York City before returning to the South, where she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

Carpenter applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters, and reported the following:
From page 69:
My throat went dry, the base of my skull pulsed, and then, dammit all to hell, my stupid right arm tingled, then went completely numb. He knows.

He leaned over and poked me. "You want to stay so you can the bang the hot cinematographer."

I let out an audible whoosh, I was so deeply and utterly relieved.

"I understand." He kissed my cheek and tousled my hair. "And you have my blessing, but only if you tell me everything, ex post nasto." He bounded off the bed and clicked off the TV. "Okay, seriously, sis. You had better be back in a week. Because, as you know, Mom and I can't deal without you."
Readers may not realize this, but if they read this page - the end of chapter Eleven - they would actually get a great snapshot of the beginning of Eve's quest to uncover her grandmother's secrets in Alabama. They would see her close relationship with her brother Danny, but also that she's willing to lie to him about her reasons for not returning to California with him. Later, she'll realize her grandmother had reasons for her lies as well. Also, the reader sees that when Eve thinks Danny's about to catch her lying, her right arm tingles, which is a hint of the supernatural elements to come.

But because my page 69 is so short, it's a tough sell. I'm not sure this works well for my book.
Visit Emily Carpenter's website.

My Book, The Movie: Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters.

--Marshal Zeringue