This is a novel of the highest caliber, and it was an honor to edit it. With deep themes, strong characterization, and a gripping plot that won’t let you go, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I strongly advise people to read Elyse Bruce’s “Glass On A Stick” and spread the word on it to whomever they can.
1.) Author’s name:
2.) Most recent novel
Mainstream fiction inspired by true events.
4.) What’s the approximate page count and word count?
5.) Is this part of a series?
6.) If this is part of a series, how many books in the series so far and how many more in the series do you plan to write?
7.) Give us a brief summary of the novel.
Jenna Barrett is a single parent raising three unique children while running her own business. Along with her long-time friends Tim and Paul, she heads up the Quality Of Life initiative, a 100% volunteer group that works hard to make the world a more inclusive place for people with, and without, disabilities. When people in the autism community start contacting her about a group of advocates, she can’t begin to imagine the degree to which some will bully and harass others just to make a name for themselves.
8.) What are some of the major themes that are explored in this book?
The book provides both positive and negative aspects of struggling against societal pressure. It also addresses the challenges and rewards of overcoming adversity, while underscoring the importance of family.
9.) What motivated you to write this book?
For years, I’ve volunteered my time and talents to help raise awareness and funds for various non-profit organizations with a primary focus on organizations that help individuals and families living with disabilities. The autism community is known for its very strong polarized views, moreso than can be found in other disability communities. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore literary themes from within and outside the autism community, and to dispel myths that may exist with regards to any number of disabilities, whether one is talking about autism spectrum disorders, neuromuscular diseases, seizure disorders or any other disability, disorder or disease.
10.) What is your opinion about the genre in general?
I don’t have opinions about genres in general. I have opinions about stories and novels specifically.
11) What do you think makes your book something that other people will like to read?
Whether one knows anything about various disability communities is immaterial insofar as the literary themes in “Glass On A Stick” are universal. At some point in life, everyone deals with societal pressures. At some point in life, everyone has to deal with, and overcome, some form of adversity. And seeing as all of us experience family, whether it’s one’s family of origin or a family the person draws to himself or herself at some later point in life, at some point in life, everyone has an opinion on the importance of family. The characters are compelling and present a number of viewpoints from which to examine life in general.
12) Anything else you’d like to add?
Writing “Glass On A Stick” was one of the most rewarding, and most enjoyable, pursuits I can think of in my life. I spent a considerable amount of time getting to know all of the characters in the book so I could better understand their motivations. I’m currently working on a second novel that includes some of the characters from “Glass On A Stick” and writing this second novel is every bit as exciting and enjoyable as writing “Glass On A Stick” has been.
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