one week two days left to raise $855 $830 $820 $785 $715 for my novel research trip to Galax, I thought I’d answer a few of the questions that have popped up from several of you who have read about my crowd funding project.
What made you pick Galax as the setting for your novel?
I grew up on the east coast, just outside of Washington, D.C. Over the years, I took several cross-country drives with Pops. On one of those trips, we took a southern route and drove past an exit sign that read Galax (pronounced gay-lacks) Virginia. I loved the look and feel of the name – Galax sounded so exotic and special to me. When I started researching Galax, I discovered it was the perfect place to set a story about a woman in search of big adventures. As home of the oldest fiddle convention in the world, Galax becomes a place where it’s very possible that a record producer from California would visit in search of the next big thing.
Have you written a novel before?
Technically, yes – when I was in junior high school. It was a YA romance called Triangles and I wrote it longhand in a spiral notebook. I think the only person who ever read it was my best friend Alice. I’m not sure what happened to that story, but if it’s still around it’s probably in my parents’ attic.
What happens if you don’t raise all the money?
I’m still going to Galax, because I’m committed to finishing this novel. My family has offered me a plane ticket if necessary. The money raised by May 19 will help pay for my hotel, gas, and food.
Do you have an agent?
Not yet, but I have some very good leads on agents, and the support of a few published authors.
Do you have other writings I can read?
Yes! You can read my flash fiction piece, “What the Beautiful Girls Do”, at In the Snake, an online literary journal. If you’d like to read some of my non-fiction writing, you can view my portfolio by clicking here.
I don’t want to use PayPal, but I’d like to donate. Can I send you a check?
I really want to help, but I’m strapped for cash right now.
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