Title: Burnt Edges
Author: Dana Leipold
Published: October 21st, 2014
Word Count: 56,000
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Content Warning: contains sexual abuse and domestic violence
Recommended Age: 18+
Synopsis: Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.
About the Author:
Dana Leipold is a freelance writer, author, and member of the Association of Independent Authors and Creativity Coaching Association. She has self-published two books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World, to help writers get their message heard, create stories that connect, and leverage the power of writing well. In addition, she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
GUEST POST: Hardest Scene To Write by Dana Leipold
Burnt Edges is a book I had to write, not one I wanted to write. I often tell people who ask me how I wrote this book that I feel like I didn't write it. I just sat at the keyboard and typed. Since most of the book is based on real events, I wanted to make it as realistic as possible but also infuse it with dramatic elements to entice the reader. I spent a lot of time researching facts and culture from the 1960s, like slang terms. The most difficult scene to write was when the main character, Laurel, is molested by her father. I had to maintain a balance between realism and being too explicit. My goal was to not be too graphic but really get into the feelings of shame and detachment that abuse victims often experience. I learned that detachment is a defense mechanism for survival. It was extremely emotionally draining to write that scene. I remember it was pouring rain that day but I didn’t care, I had to go outside and “wash” myself while taking a walk to get it out of my head. My hope is that readers will experience this same emotion and connect at a deeper level with the main character.
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