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Today we are spotlighting Jennifer Pierce's upcoming debut novel
Enter below to win a ebook copy of Slow Motion from Jennifer Pierce when it is published!
In addition, anyone who preorders the book on Unbound’s site will be entered to win a manuscript review in which I will critique a draft of their work.
Jennifer Pierce's upcoming debut novel!
Owen and Angela were best friends for one summer, long before they could comprehend the secrets and politics that have left scars on their small New England hometown. Until their Senior year of high school, they’ve lived different lives in different parts of town.
For Angela, life in Westview has always been easy, her future mapped out by an influential family that has ruled the image-obsessed community for generations. She used to take comfort in that, but now, she wants something more than small towns. She wants the chaos of cities and the comfort of anonymity, a place free of assumptions and expectations.
No matter how hard Owen tries to reinvent himself, Westview won’t forget his family’s past. Despite his relationship with the town and the people in it, he’s drawn to its selective college and the opportunities it offers. He’s starting to think he might want to stay—something he knows he can’t afford and his friends won’t accept.
When their town’s Tercentennial causes them to reconnect, Owen and Angela are forced to reexamine their entire world. As the complexities of class and small town scandals come to light, the consequences of living in the past and trying to run away from it finally start to catch up to them.
anyone who preorders the book on Unbound’s site will be entered to win a manuscript review in which I will critique a draft of their work.
Q & A with Jennifer Pierce about Slow Motion!
Slow Motion is a YA novel about two childhood friends who reunite during their senior year of high school. While planning a Tercentennial celebration for their small New England hometown, they discover the secrets and complexities of both the town and its inhabitants.
What initially inspired you to write Slow Motion?
I was interested in the ideas of home and family legacy and how these play out in a setting that almost acts as a character itself. The main characters in the story have complex relationships with their hometown, which are further complicated by the possibility of leaving after high school. They’re also spending a lot of time digging into the past at a point in their lives when they’re supposed to begin thinking about their future. Because friendships, relationships, and even family expectations are a direct result of this town’s culture and history, the typical challenges of being a teenager are amplified when the characters’ last year there coincides with the anniversary of its founding.
Tell us little about the characters in Slow Motion.
Both main characters feel that they are defined by their hometown and are struggling to figure out who they are outside of it. Angela’s family has a longstanding legacy in the town and her parents have essentially mapped out her future for her. She has always followed their expectations but is now beginning to question what she really wants. Owen has tried to reinvent himself after a tragedy and knows exactly what he wants--his challenge is figuring out how to get there.
What was the hardest part of writing Slow Motion?
Angela was a difficult character to write. She is supposed to be unlikeable but I didn’t want her to simply be a stereotypical “mean girl.” I wanted readers to understand her motivations and insecurities.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I had initially written the entire story from Angela’s perspective but during the revision process, I decided to add Owen’s perspective. Writing Owen’s chapters gave me new insights into my characters and added new dimensions to the story.
What are your future project(s)?
I’m currently working on short stories, flash fiction, and my next YA novel.
Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?
The novel is currently crowdfunding with Unbound, an innovative publisher that is changing the way readers interact with the publishing process. Each “pledge” is a preorder of the book with exclusive rewards depending on the pledge amount and when the book reaches its funding goal it gets published. Please take a moment to check out all the great projects on their site if you’d like to have a say in what gets published.
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Jennifer Pierce is a graduate of Wheaton College (Massachusetts) and Oxford Brookes University. She currently works in publishing and resides in Boston. Slow Motion is her first novel.