HARP’S VOICE (Harp’s Song #2) by Cassie Shine | Release Date: June 24, 2014
Single-minded to the point of near seclusion, Harp Evans’ only goal was to move away froNow a freshman at a prestigious university, Harp continues to struggle letting people in, including her ex-boyfriend—Connor Williams—who has always stood by her,
While Harp figures out how to navigate her relationships,
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Writing about a teen’s self-journey
Someone asked me once why I like to write Young Adult and my answer was immediate: I am a 14-year-old girl trapped inside the body of a 35-year-old.
Not really, but kinda … sorta … ok, yeah maybe just a little!
There are a few reasons why I’m drawn to write and read Young Adult-I love first loves … sigh, I love how when you are fifteen everything feels like the end of the world, and I love feeling a character’s growth in such a formative time in their lives. But ultimately, I think what I love most is remembering the feelings that surfaced from deep within me when I was a teenager reading YA, and how reading about what other teens were going through made me feel … normal-like I wasn’t alone in the universe or crazy!
When I decided to take the bull by the horns and finally finish that short story I started in college (a long, long time ago), it was a no-brainer for me to switch the POV to Harp’s. Harp is a 17-year-old girl in her senior year of high school when we first meet her in Harp’s Song. By the time her story ends in Harp’s Voice, she is a 19-year-old embarking on her sophomore year of college.
Those are some crazy formative years with a lot changes and a lot of drama. Unlike other teens, though Harp’s life has been anything but “normal”-living with an abusive mother and then there’s her best friend, Connor, who becomes more than her best friend (see I love first loves)!
I was drawn to write the story from her point of view because I think books can teach us all a lot of things, but ultimately, I think they help us see other perspectives that we wouldn’t have normally seen. My hope is that writing about Harp’s self-journey will help other teens find solace and strength in what they may be going through. But, I also hope that her story creates awareness and empathy in readers. I believe empathy makes us better people-more compassionate and ultimately stronger and more self-aware of our actions.
Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp's Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teenybopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything.