Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cover Reveal: Eleanor--by Johnny Worthen

ELEANOR, a novel by Johnny Worthen

The Eleanor Saga is currently at three volumes.
Book 1 - Tabitha
Book 2 - Celeste
Book 3 - David
The Eleanor Saga is a young adult series about a young girl growing up in a small Wyoming town called Jamesford. She lives there, but she isn't from there. She's a transplant. And she's not so very young.
The story was inspired by a southwest Navajo legend I first encountered reading Tony Hillerman. I saw in that legend a metaphor for life and of growing up. It gave me an opportunity to explore the complexities of identity and change in the development of a true outsider.
ELEANOR is a paramoral coming of age story. It is a tale of love and survival, debt, remembering, forgiveness and danger.

ELEANOR is coming to bookshelves in 2014 from Jolly Fish Press.

Johnny says: 

I write what I want to read.


This guarantees me at least one fan.
There’ve been two moments in my life when writing has been both the clue and the answer. The first was in college when I finished all my general education requirements and the University demanded that I choose a major or go home. I’ve never been good at “what do you want to be when you grow up?” questions. The clue and the answer was "writing." 

The classes that I most liked all had a writing component. I could math, and science made sense, but the Humanities, where I could think on paper, talk across centuries, find truth in lies, suckered me in like a drunken roundhouse. Employment be damned! Bring me words! English it was.
Graduation, marriage, jobs, assorted careers, ups and downs, beginnings and ends and finally a respite when, at the grizzly old age of [CENSORED] I was again at a crossroads.

"What do you want to do with your life?" the cosmos asked me in the wee hours of the morning, at the hour of the wolf when every terror and uncertainty comes to be named and numbered.

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