Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mid-Life Reinvention

by Sylvia May

Have you ever had to pack up your life and move? Leave everything behind and start over again?

In The Unraveling of Abby Settel, Abby’s husband loses his job. When he finds a new one, they must relocate, away from their young adult children, away from Abby’s aging parents, away from everything familiar. It is a story of mid-life reinvention, letting go and embracing the present, and the importance of friends.

I, Sylvia May, am the author and this is my debut novel. Most of you already know me as half of Lucy Arlington—together with Jennifer Stanley I’m co-authoring the Novel Idea Mystery Series, of which the first book, Buried in a Book, will be released in February. We write as equal partners on the series that we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading.

The Unraveling of Abby Settel is my solo project. It is not a cozy but is a story that speaks to most women. It was released just this week and I can’t begin to describe how thrilled I am to see my manuscript turned into a real book!

I find it an interesting challenge to shift back and forth between writing the Novel Idea cozies with Jennifer and my own women’s fiction. I’ve always been in awe of the cozy writers who write more than one series at a time, wondering how they keep it all straight in their heads. And one day I realized that’s what I was doing too. I have to keep switching my brain from characters in a cozy little town dealing with a murder, to real-life situations that someone like you or I cope with in our lives (not murder!). I’ve certainly had a whirlwind introduction to the life of an author, and I’m having a blast.

Visit my website to find out more about The Unraveling of Abby Settel. It is available from Amazon or directly from my publisher, Turquoise Morning Press.

I hope you give it a try, and read how Abby coped with her mid-life reinvention. What was your biggest mid-life change? Did you move? Start a new career? Become an empty nester? How did you face the challenge?