Monday, September 22, 2014

Angela Meyer's "Where Hope Starts"

Title: Where Hope Starts 
Publisher:  CrossRiver Media Group 

Cover blurb: In a city full of dreams… Karen Marino’s life is a nightmare. The New York City restaurant manager is a professiional success, but her marriage is in shambles. When her husband, Barry shows up drunk at her restaurant, she loses both. She flees The Big Apple and returns to her Midwestern home to sort through her options. But instead of answers, she finds an old boyfriend ready to rekindle romance, a family full of secrets and an angry brother bent on revenge.Still in New York, Barry fights his own demons. He knows he messed up, but is powerless to stop his rage and addictions. A fistfight on the streets of the city lands him in jail and forces him to face the possibility of a future behind bars. Karen knows holding onto her bitterness won’t repair her marriage. But how do you forgive someone when you don’t feel like it? As she searches for the answer, she uncovers the family secret that threatens to tear them all apart. Can she find her way back to the place Where Hope Starts?

1) How did this story come to you?
Although not about my family, my family did inspire the idea. My sisters and I used to talk about what had influenced us to be who we were. It was like figuring out a puzzle. I learned that no matter what, forgiveness had to be part of the equation if we were to become all that God had in mind for us. From there, I thought what if a family of siblings with a messed up childhood came together to figure out how to move beyond their past. And Where Hope Starts was born. 

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I wrote Where Hope Starts about 3 years before I found my publisher. It went through several edits/revisions during that time. In the fall of 2011, I planned to attend HACWN writers conference, but had to cancel due to family budget. An anonymous donor provided a full scholarship for me to attend. At this conference, I met the acquisitions editor for CrossRiver Media Group and she invited me to send in my manuscript. They offered me a contract and over the next 18 months, I worked to develop my platform and prepare for my book’s release. It has been quite a ride.  

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) When I was in Junior High, I was in a clown troupe!
2) When I was a Senior in High School, I became a CNA (nurse assistant). 
3) I gave birth to both my kids without any medicine/pain reliever.  

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
The second book in the Applewood Hill series, Where Healing Starts, is due for release in 2015. I am currently working on the third book in the series, Where Joy Starts. 

5) Parting comments?
For new authors who are still working on their manuscript or looking for their first contract, get busy on your platform. It is never too early to start. And join a critique group- invaluable for improving your craft. 

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Newsletter sign up:  
Google+ :  
Blogs I am a regular contributor 

Bio: Angela D. Meyer is the author of Where Hope Starts, a finalist in the 2014 Grace awards. Her short story, More to the Story, was a genre winner for the 2014 Family Fiction short story contest and she is a contributor to the devotional collection The Benefit Package. You can catch Angela on social media encouraging women in their faith journey and watch her video devotionals on her YouTube channel. She lives in Nebraska with her family and is active in her local Christian writers group.

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