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Persona Non Grata is the first of the Junkture stories, by Stephanie Quinn Jackson.
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Persona Non Grata
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Persona Non Grata: A Story of Junkture is the tale of Tierney Cavanaugh Johnson, a painter and mom living outside of Atlanta.  In her late 30s, Tierney wakes one day to discover that she's tired--of being a mom, of being a wife, of being fat.  She realizes she's lost sight of the uninhibited, unconventional girl she was before marriage and motherhood. Her journey to reclaim her true self artistically, physically, and emotionally, draws her into the orbit of her favorite rock band, Junkture, and its charismatic lead singer. Through a series of unlikely events, her selves converge—past, present, and future fighting each other to remind her who she's supposed to be.

These characters of Tierney Cavanaugh and Alex Wheeler were started in my mind years ago, though they didn't start to really see paper until early 2006.  Originally they were young, in their early 20s, and had a completely different set of adventures than are portrayed in Persona Non Grata.

Junkture Guitar Pick
Junkture Guitar Pick

In late 2010, I started the process of losing what would eventually amount to 115 pounds. People would ask me constantly about the impetus for the weight loss, as well as other changes I'd made in my life. Many of them suggested I write about it. While driving from Charlotte to Atlanta one evening in the spring of 2012, I started to mingle the two stories. I wrote what would become the last scene between Alex and Tierney in my car, somewhere around the Georgia-South Carolina state line, at sunset.

"Self-portrait" - by C. Berkut
"Self-portrait" - by C. Berkut

It is emotionally and sexually frank.  It's not romance.  It's not chick-lit.  These are characters who swear and make mistakes and don't tie anything up neatly with a bow.  They're flawed and imperfect, and they're all just like someone you really know or wish you knew.

Risks and challenges

Writing this book has been a labor of love. It has been written and rewritten and edited and revised. My editor and my inner circle and I all think it's ready for the world. We think it's good, and we hope you will, too.

I don't want to get on the hamster wheel of query letters and agencies and publishers. This is my story, and I want to tell it my way. I want to release this tale and move on to the next one. I just need a little help to do it.

And the book is almost done. It's almost ready to go. The biggest risk for you is that either A) a big truck comes along and keeps me from getting your rewards in the mail, or B) you just don't like the book. I can't help either one of those, though both would make me very sad.

There are always things that could get in my way, though. A tweak in the cover art would delay the final book by a few days. The printer could take longer than expected to print the physical copies of the book. The screen printer could be delayed in getting the t-shirts and stickers. It could take a while to sync our schedules, if your reward requires my time and your time for an interview. These would be delays, not defeats, but would be remedied as quickly as possible.

So please pledge your support. It would help me get the cover art finished and get the book printed. It would help me cover the cost of the ISBN numbers and the copyrighting. It would help me pay my photographer and my graphic designer and my editor and my attorney.

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    For a $5 donation, you get an electronic (.PDF) copy of Persona Non Grata, days before it's released to the general public. Plus, you get an awesome Junkture guitar pick, mailed to you via USPS.

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    For $25, you get a printed copy of Persona Non Grata, signed by Stephanie. Plus, you get the guitar pick and the .PDF of the book.

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    For a $50 donation, you'll get the early .PDF of the book, plus a guitar pick and a signed copy of the book, PLUS a Junkture sticker and an awesome Junkture t-shirt! (Loose unisex crew or women's fitted v-neck, in black, dark gray heather, or dark plum, size S-XXL.)

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    For $100, you get all of the swag, PLUS an extra-special, limited-edition Persona Non Grata t-shirt, ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

    (Please add $15 for international shipping.)

    Tierney Cavanaugh Johnson is a painter. Part of her journey of self-discovery includes a series of nude self-portraits. I had a local artist and friend, C. Berkut, paint her interpretation of my words, the self-understanding that Tierney translates onto the canvas.

    That image will be splashed across a super soft, unisex, crew-neck tee. You can wear your inner fat girl everywhere.

    These t-shirts will be made to order after the Kickstarter ends. Please allow for set-up and production time.

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    For $150 (wow!), donors get all of the above, plus you and I will sit down and have a chat. I'll take that conversation and turn it into a piece on my blog, Muchness and Light. (www,muchnessandlight.com)

    Maybe you want the world to know about your awesome band. Maybe you want to talk about the charitable organization you support with your blood, sweat, and tears. Maybe you want to profess your undying love for your girlfriend and let everyone know why you have a love story that will last through the ages. Whatever it is, I'll write all about it.

    If you're within a two-hour drive of Atlanta, we can meet in person. If not, we can chat via Skype or even the telephone.

    NOTE:
    There are a lot of extenuating circumstances that could determine when we're able to schedule our chat. Your schedule, my schedule, the holidays, etc. I will get to it as quickly as I can, but it may not be the day after the Kickstarter ends. I promise we'll do it as soon as humanly possibly.

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    For $250 (thank you!), there's all of the other stuff, plus you'll get to help me develop a character for an upcoming Junkture book.

    Junkture won't be a series, per se, but I am planning to do a collection of stories about these characters. I already know the next three books I want to write.

    Like all writers, I wrote what I knew. While Persona Non Grata is completely fiction, there are reflections of the truth. Some of the conversations are mirrors of chats I had with my friends. This is where you come in.

    You and I will sit down and work up a character, like a walk-on for television. Maybe it's based on your cat. Maybe it's based on your crazy Aunt Mary Jane. Maybe it's based on YOU. We'll figure it out. You can help me determine the name, description, and personality of this character.

    If you're within a two-hour drive of Atlanta, we can meet in person. If not, we can chat via Skype or even the telephone.

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    I'll be working again after the first of the year, so this is not an immediate reward. It will take time to write and edit and rewrite and re-edit and re-rewrite the next book. But we'll chat as soon as possible to get the character started.

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    For $500 (wow and thank you and holy cow!), you'll get the early .PDF of the book, the pick, the signed book, the shirts, the blog post, the character in the next book, AND a very special, limited edition canvas reproduction of Tierney's self-portrait.

    This will be a canvas print, 16" x 20", just like the original. I will have the artist, C. Berkut, jazz your copy up with some real paint and sign the piece.

    It will take a few weeks to get the pieces done, so be patient. It's more than just me who's involved in getting these out. If you're close, I'll even deliver it personally.

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