Saturday, 13 December 2014

Autumn's Child by Nicole Murray
Release Date: 3rd September 2014
Publisher: California Times Publishing
Genres: Contemporary Fiction

Why Autumn's Child Become a Novel
Nicole Murray

The concept for Autumn’s Child originally stemmed from a short story I wrote years ago. The short story involved Layla, the main character, as an adult that had such a strong faith. She was timid and a bit na├»ve. From there I wondered where her faith came from which inspired me to continue writing. I started with her backstory, defining who she was as a child growing up, what she must have been through to shape her character, her way of thinking and the people in her life that influenced her actions. I grew up in a strict Christian household and I know what it feels like to be completely engulfed in the church, the Bible, and having to realize that there is a world out there that is foreign to what you are accustom to. With Autumn’s Child I wanted to tell the story of faith.  When you have God in your life faith is ingrained into everything that you think and do. Layla’s faith still leads her even when she denounces God and still goes through a lot of turmoil in her reality. As I wrote I felt a need to continue writing to learn more about Layla and before I knew it I was almost done with the novel.

About The Book

"I am hurting. Fractured in places stitches can't heal." Autumn’s Child tells the desperate story of Layla, as a young and naive twelve year-old girl. Over ten critical years, her life quickly changes like the colors of the trees in autumn. The accidental death of her parents forces her to abandon her religious, middle-class lifestyle. She moves to the inner city of Chicago with her grandmother and aunt, her only living relatives. Layla tries to approach her new life with optimism, but the perfections of her past life haunt her tormented journey. After coming to grips with the reality over the years that her only aunt despises her, Layla soon discovers that she may secretly hold the keys to helping her aunt’s diminishing health in her hands. Layla’s faith and sanity are continuously tested as she matures throughout each season of her life. She stumbles through her new found reality while learning how to play the distinct set of cards she’s been dealt. Layla’s neighbor and best friend, Shay, helps guide her from adolescence into adulthood. Autumn’s Child chronicles a life on the opposite side of the coin; where friendships grow out of tragedy, and the pressure of a marginalized life weighs heavily on pure souls. Layla must make many compromising decisions, all while perpetually asking the reader, What would you do?

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 About the Author

L. Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a Columbia College graduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession. Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Autumn’s Child is her first novel.


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