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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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