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Shattered by tragedy, Lucy, 15, goes to boarding school where she meets a mysterious musician who teaches her to rediscover herself.

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When fifteen-year-old actress Lucy Carter loses her older sister in a car accident, her mother shuts down and her father can't hold the family together. Their only choice is to ship Lucy off to the Edmond School for Performing Arts. But boarding school is no cure for Lucy’s grief. With failing grades, wooden stage performances, and curfew violations, Lucy is threatened with expulsion. For the once talented Lucy, it feels as though she has nowhere to turn.


One night, Lucy hears mysterious music drifting through the school's old heating system. The music leads her to a troubled but passionate songwriter whose brilliance gives her the strength to perform like never before. Yet their intense relationship puts Lucy in a precarious position: if she follows her muse, will she lose herself? And if she breaks it off, can she stand on her own again?

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Though I have been writing stories since I was really young, A Part to Play is my first novel. It's being published by an indie publisher, Rogue Phoenix Press, on August 10, 2012.

I wrote the first draft of this novel, 80,000 words, in 30 days, March 2010. I then spent the next two years rewriting and revising based on reader feedback, and ended up cutting about 10,000 words. That was hard, but it was the right thing to do for my novel. 

A Part to Play represents more than my first published work as an author. I wrote it at a time in my life when I really need to accomplish something that I could be proud of. I had to turn off the inner critic that had kept me from writing for a long time. When I did that, the story just flowed from me, and it reminded me that writing is a talent and a passion, one that I must not give up on just because I am worried that my work may not be good enough. It also let me know that this was a story that I absolutely needed to tell.

With your help on Kickstarter, I can do two important things: I can pay for my first run of books to be printed, and I can develop a promotional campaign to get the word out about my book. I want to work hard to get my book out to as many people as possible because I really believe in it. 

For a written excerpt, and an audio reading of the excerpt, please visit my author website. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my page and for donating if you can. 

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The illustration below is an example of the original artwork you will receive as a reward if you pledge $75 or more.

Meet Lucy Carter, 15-year-old actress and main character of A Part to Play - Original illustration by Jennifer Fry
Meet Lucy Carter, 15-year-old actress and main character of A Part to Play - Original illustration by Jennifer Fry

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