Shoes and Other Things

I’m absolutely thrilled with the way In Her Mother’s Shoes is selling on Amazon and B & N! The e-book versions went up right on schedule, and I’ve been receiving great feedback. Remember, the soft cover is $12.99 on Amazon and B&N, $9.99 on my website (www.dawnlajeunesse.com). Kindle and Nook versions are only $2.99!

Lots of people have commented on the cover for In Her Mother’s Shoes. The background of letters consists of a collection of letters I found in my own mother’s attic – letters exchanged between her and my father and between her and other family and friends during World War II. The novel references the main character’s mother’s love of dancing. The shoes depicted on the cover were found with the boxes of letters – my mother’s dancing shoes!

The story is not autobiographical. But the theme is universal.  In Her Mother’s Shoes explores a woman’s relationships with her family both past and present. How do you stop the passage of destructive behaviors through generation after generation? First you have to recognize the behaviors and their effects. While it contains an element of romance, the focus is on those family dynamics.

Can’t bask in the “glory” of In Her Mother’s Shoes for too long. Meanwhile, I’ve been working on Transition (still not sure about that title). I’m taking one of the WD courses to have it critiqued as I write and ensure a strong beginning. I’m sorry to say the beginning was considered weak and slow by the instructor. And here I was thinking it was my best writing so far! But he pointed out that any book has to have a grab-you opening, and in my case it was a light touch instead of a grab. Ouch. But that’s what I’m paying for in the course (Advanced Novel Writing through Writers’ Digest University, if you are interested). So for the next assignment I’ll be working on the same pages, hopefully making them more effective.

My problem is I always try to start my novels out with a little background. I like books that do that, so I feel grounded as I read them. But apparently that’s not what is commercially successful (could I be the only person liking books like that?). And I did say up front that one of my goals in signing up for the course was to write a novel that would appeal to agents and publishers this time. So Transition’s opening chapters will be re-written with more grab and less soothing touch.

One of these days I will stop caring if my books sell and just write the way I want to!

Nah, ain’t gonna happen. I may not expect to get rich off my books, but I do enjoy the pride of knowing people are buying and enjoying them. Isn’t that how this post started out, after all?

About Dawn Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. In Her Mother's Shoes was published in June 2013 - available through Amazon, B&N and iPad, e-book (only $2.99!) as well as paperback. Autumn Colors was my first. My third novel, Star Catching, was released in November, 2016 and has been very well-received! My writings are mostly women's fiction, most also suitable for YA. My website is www.dawnlajeunesse.com. Come visit me there!
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