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Set at the foot of the Tug River at the base of the Appalachian Mountains. Get to know Caroline Hatfield, her close group of family, friends and a small coal mining community through the stories they share. Summer for the high school teacher starts out as the summer she has always dreamt of, but things don’t always go the way we want them to.
Number of Pages: 312
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.70 (inches)|
Author: Sarah Kincaid
Located in: Forest Hills, KY
Submitted: May 19, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a high school teacher and many who know me, would speculate I am like my main character, Caroline. Some would even suspect I am her, but I will confess, she, along with my story, is a work of fiction.
I teach World History and Anatomy at Belfry High School in Eastern Kentucky. I have always enjoyed writing, but mainly as a hobby or long-hand letter writing. Spring till September is my first novel.
What was your motivation behind this project? Caroline is a 'good girl'; a genuine good girl. Being a good girl myself, I know it can sometimes get very lonely in the waiting for life to happen. I wanted to reach to other 'good girls' who may be experiencing these struggles. As a high school teacher, I also wanted to provide option for readers that is neither a tawdry or cheesy romance with realistic storylines. Spring till September and following volumes in this series are meant to be a Story of Life and how we respond to the day-to-day trappings that entangle or delight us.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Reading, for me, is meant to entertain - moments where you escape to a different time and place. I also want my readers to relate to the characters, small town life, coming of age, adventure, heartache, loss - so they will know and feel no matter where they are, they are not alone, because there are so many others just like them. Most importantly, for my readers to know that God is with us in all of the ordinary parts of life making each day extra-ordinary.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? After so much self-doubt, I realized I could write and publish a novel. I have learned so much about the process from getting started, marketing, and sales. I also realized that I needed to rely on God and ask for His blessing and inspiration. This project may have my name on it, but I did it for His glory and to lead others to look to and rely on Him. This was a labor and will continue to be and I will need Him every step of the way.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My favorite book is Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox, Jr. He is a Kentucky author and this book was published in 1908. It is a beautiful story that captures the life of Jack and June over many seasons as they grow - together and apart - with interesting characters who add depth to the tale. I also love the complete Anne of Green Gables series, because it, also, is not just a romance, but a story of life over several seasons and life always includes love to some degree.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I would like readers to know this has been a wonderful experience for me - every part. I invite them to become friends with Caroline, Seth, Sophie, Nick, Will, and Carter, be transported to their small town, walk the halls of Belfry High School, and travel with them on this mysterious journey called Life.