Happy Thursday, writers! I hope your week has been full of inspiration, words written with ease, coffee, and other writerly stuff.
It’s been a while, so I figure I ought to post something about my upcoming novel, The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes. In my previous post (which you’ll find below), we went over the most important characters in the novel; including, but not limited to the Fairbanks family.
So here is my absolutely super-official status update, as of August 17, 2017.
I’m growing very close to finishing the second draft, AKA the rewriting stage. Once that’s done, I’ll just make some tweaks for consistency, deeper characterization, and to lengthen the novel as a whole (which is the third draft). While I’m at it, I’ll also mail the second draft to my beta reader for some fresh readerly (is that a word? Well, it is now) input.
If you’re only just now hearing about my novel, this is basically everything you need to know about it and more. And at the bottom of this post, we’re going to have a special Q&A, in which you can ask anything about the book, and I’ll answer! So long as it doesn’t spoil too much, of course. But more about that later.
For now, here are the answers to any questions you may already have:
Q: What genre is The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes?
My novel is, to put it broadly, in the historical fiction genre. More specifically, it takes place during World War II. My goal is to make it a “feel-good” historical fiction, because very few exist and I’d love to write one of the first!
So, in short: if you buy The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes, expect a more upbeat story taking place in the early 1940s.
Q: Where does The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes take place?
Most of the novel takes place in a cake shop in downtown Mobile, Alabama, while including some scenes in Memphis, Tennessee (my hometown!). The story starts in 1941 and ends in 1946.
Q: What’s the story about, anyways?
I guess I should have put this question first. Ah well.
The protagonist, Mildred “Rosie” Fairbanks, is fifteen years old when the story opens and lives on the second story of her family bakery, John’s Baked Goods. She lives with her brother (Leslie Fairbanks), mother (Mary Fairbanks), and aunt (Minnie McKenna). Her best friend is Billy Fuji, whose family is very close to Rosie’s.
As the war makes its way to America at the end of 1941, Rosie faces unthinkable hardships in losing her best friends. Due to her family’s carelessness in running John’s Baked Goods, the bakery loses more and more customers every month.
I’m trying to integrate multiple themes in the novel; the biggest of which is finding hope during difficult times.
Q: When and where can I get The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes?
Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure. As of now – and it’s August 2017, if you’re reading this late – I want to get the novel released on Amazon before Christmas of this year. Again, if you’re reading this late, please check this page for more updated information.
And if you’re reading this really late, you can do a search on Amazon.com for my full name, Samantha Glas, to see if my book has been published yet. It’d absolutely make my day if you bought my novel, writer! 🙂
Q&A about the book:
Now is the time to ask any additional questions about The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes! You can ask absolutely anything, from curiosities about the story itself to inquires about the behind-the-scenes action.*
Like I said, I obviously don’t want to spoil too much in my answers. But I’m the sort of person who actually enjoys, to some extent, revealing little secrets about my stories to writers like you . . . So I’ll answer as honestly as I can. 😉
*By “action” I, of course, mean those eight-plus hours a week I spend sitting on my couch at my laptop. Doesn’t get more action-packed than that.