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Title: In the Direction of the Sun
Author: Lucy J. Madison
Publisher: Sapphire Books
Cover Artist: Michelle Brodeur
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance
Release Date: 03/15/2017
“The emotions flying between the two women who tell their story here is as dramatic as the Appalachian Trail and as tumultuous as the Atlantic Ocean.”
– Jewelle Gomez, author, The Gilda Stories
Steady and smart, Alex McKenzie is settled into a comfortable life in her beloved hometown of Stockbridge, MA. Everything Alex thought she knew about life and about herself changes the moment Cate Conrad blows into town like a warm breeze. Alex falls head over heels in love with the free-spirited artist and sailor but there’s one problem: Cate’s complicated past makes it impossible for her to open her heart completely and so she does what she’s always done—she runs away. Devastated, Alex tries to heal her heart by literally walking away from her life to hike the famed Appalachian Trail while Cate takes to the water. The unexpected turn of events shows Cate and Alex how fragile life is and how love is the all that really matters.
Superstitions and Writing
Hello readers. I’m so thrilled to be stopping by the incredible Prism Book Alliance today! Please give a virtual round of applause to everyone at Prism Book Alliance for being such a bright spot in LGBTQ+ literature.
My lucky number is fifteen and so it’s no surprise that today, my second novel In the Direction of the Sun releases. I played high school and college basketball and was always extremely superstitious, as many athletes tend to be. For example, I had to eat a cheese sandwich for lunch on game day and wear a tee shirt under my uniform with an iron-on decal I won during a Latin class bingo game with the words “Veni, Vidi, Vici” or “I came, I saw, I conquered” on it. That tee shirt was washed so much it was wafer thin by the time I graduated from college. I used to put on my sneakers and socks in a very specific order, listen to the same pre-game playlist, and always sat in a certain seat on the bench during warmups.
Now that my playing years are far behind me, I still find ways of working superstitions into my writing life. Alex McKenzie, one of the main characters from In the Direction of the Sun, decides to walk away from her life to hike the Appalachian Trail. Over the last few years, I’ve hiked almost 800 miles of the famed Appalachian Trail in several states. Last May, I spent two weeks alone in Shenandoah National Park on an extraordinary solo hike that tested me both mentally and physically. Each morning as I prepared to head out for the day down some unfamiliar trail, I laced up my boots the same way I once laced up my basketball sneakers. I always hoisted my backpack over my left shoulder, organized and unpacked my camp in a certain order each afternoon, and journaled each evening before sacking out in a near coma for the night.
For me, it’s not about the superstitions so much as it’s about being mentally and emotionally present in the moment without looking too far down the trail one direction or the other. My approach to storytelling is similar. I don’t map out the plot in advance. Instead, I work in the moment for each character. What is supposed to happen for them will unfold as it is meant to if I am present within each scene with my characters. I believe strongly in research and find that I write best when I immerse myself in the world of my characters so that I can best describe every sensory experience with realism.
For example, Cate Conrad, the other main character from In the Direction of the Sun, is an artist and sailor. I spent several months on the water (I know, tough job!) talking with sailing experts to understand how they talk and what sailing is for them, took a few art classes, and talked at length with artists about their approach to making art.
My experiences and research made the book richer and more authentic, and my odd superstitions only helped me remain focused and centered so I could write the story of how Cate and Alex find their ways back to each other. I hope you enjoy it!
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About the Author
Lucy J. Madison is a novelist, poet, and screenwriter. Her work has appeared in many magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, Golden Crown Literary Society, and the Lesbian Authors Guild. She received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with honors from Wesleyan University, receiving the University’s Rulewater Prize for her thesis project on women’s basketball. Lucy is currently working on several feature film scripts and two new novels. She resides with her wife of 17 years in shoreline CT and in Provincetown, MA along with their beloved pets. Ten percent of In the Direction of the Sun’s first-year sales will be donated to the Provincetown Library.
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