The agony of unrequited love, dates, dresses and exams all make life confusing during the teen years… Are there answers to be found in the social conventions of the previous generation, the developments of modern psychology taught in class, the theology touted at worship or in the depths of soul searching and personal experience? This story belongs to the genre known as “Bildungsroman” or novel of development.
Targeted Age Group:: 16 to Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born,and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
In this story, it is the main character's time to grown and develop, an essential and sometimes challenging process for us all.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
A lot of people assume the main character is me. There are similarities, because I am drawing on my experience, as most authors do, however, Stephanie Lowood has the "door-mat" syndrome going and her personality is exaggeratedly docile. She also receives better advice and support from people around her than I did in my youth. So there is an element of fantasy in the characterisation – there are things I wish I could go back in time and tell myself!
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