A (Very) Little Preview: My First Novel

Everyone who follows my blog or my social media accounts knows that I’m an artist, but what some of you may not know is that I’m a writer as well. I recently completed my Masters in Creative Writing and have been working on a science fiction novel for young adults the last four months. This has been a crazy, stressful but also rewarding experience for me as I’m nearing the finish line in terms of completing the book. After that comes the hard part though: getting published.

One of the benefits of having been working as an artist for so long is that I’m used to rejection already. Not that anyone likes being told no, or that I won’t still get frustrated and disappointed, but I’ve learned that there is always a way if you’re willing to put the work in. If you had told me a year ago that I’d be finishing a book this summer, I don’t know if I would have believed you. I’ve always loved writing but never thought I’d be able to expand past short stories and poems, but I’ve done it.

In this post I’m going to give you a (very) little preview into the novel I’ve been working on, currently titled Theory of Freedom (although that’s likely to change).  The novel will include some original watercolors of mine based on the main characters.

First up, Calista, who is my protagonist (fun fact she’s named after my little sister):

© Chelsea S. Rausch 2017

Next is Zora, best friend of Calista, and the other main character (fun fact she’s named after Zora Neale Hurston who is one of my favorite authors):

© Chelsea S. Rausch

I have a lot of hopes for this novel. There are a lot of crucial ideas and messages embedded in it, but the biggest one for me is the strength of these two women. Although Calista is my protagonist, it is her friendship with Zora that is the center of the story. You won’t find any teen romance or love triangles in this novel, but you will find two strong young women fighting for each other because they know it’s the right thing to do. One of my other favorite authors, Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it”, and that’s what I believe I’m doing with this novel.

And so that’s your small preview of my story (I said it was going to be little). In the coming months I will probably share a few excerpts, but until it’s fully finished and edited I think it’s best left as a mystery. I’m notorious for changing whole chapters over and over again.

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