Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, a weekly feature that shines the light on Indie and Debut authors. This week I have the pleasure introducing readers to:
JENNIFER GOOCH HUMMER
~Author of Girl Unmoored~
Love for the Genre
by Jennifer Gooch- 2012
I’ve always loved the coming-of-age genre. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexi; She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb; A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel - these are among my most favorite all-time books. I love reading first person narrative, especially in a young teen because watching the world unfold through their eyes is, to me, the most compelling. Tweens and teens still have the space before adulthood to stop and glance around – at both the ridiculous and the beautiful. This space can be scary; they know they will eventually have to throw on that backpack of responsibility and hike up to adult. But it can also be hilarious. Adults have problems, yes, but plenty of them are “man-made” rather than nature-born and who better to point that out than a hormonal teenager?
My character, Apron, started out as an eight year-old. Her misnomers and misunderstandings were (I thought) entertaining. But the feedback I got was that she was too mature for her years. I fought it for a bit, but then conceded. And once I aged her up to thirteen, things clicked. Apron’s story has some decidedly adult topics (homophobia, AIDS, adultery) but because she is thirteen, her smelly neighbor, a guy that looks way too much like Jesus, and saving her beloved guinea pig, rank just as high in the problem category.
The truth is, none of us really know what we’re doing on this great big planet, but most of the time adults have to pretend they do. Teenagers (on down) don’t. Yet. I think this is why I so love the coming-of-age genre; it puts me back into that space just before the backpack goes on.
And that’s a pretty great space, isn’t it?
Jennifer Gooch Hummer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories, Glimmertrain and Fish. She has continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was awarded the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. Currently, Jennifer lives in Southern California and Maine with her husband and their three daughters.
Thanks Jennifer for being on the spotlight today. I agree the coming of age story's always make for great reading. Your book sounds delightful!!
Today Jennifer is giving away one copy of her book, Girl Unmoored to a reader at TBR's.
To enter please just leave a comment and a winner will be picked Oct 13, 2012.
This sharp, quick-witted novel follows Apron, a young woman who has come unmoored by a sea of family drama and break-ups. But when she meets Mike, she’s met her mooring. Although Mike and his cantankerous boyfriend, Chad, don’t know what to do with her at first—Apron just seems to keep showing up, usually with a fat lip—they eventually offer her a job in their flower store. And then it’s smooth sailing for Apron, until she uncovers Chad’s secret. Suddenly Apron is forced to leave behind the safe harbor of childhood and navigate the stormy seas of a young adult. She knows what her real job is now, and it has nothing to do with flowers.
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