UPDATE & BONUS REWARD: Help Me Get to Galax to Research My Novel

5/14/2012 5/16/2012 5/17/2012 UPDATE: Only $855 $830 $785 $715 and one week three two days to go! Got some great news last week – I won first prize in a local short short fiction competition. To celebrate, the next 10 8 7 people who donate $25 will also receive an Girl from Galax “soundtrack.” This CD features songs from Lucinda Williams, Dixie Chicks, Aerosmith, and other artists that inspire my writing of this novel. 

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Many of you know that I’ve been working on a novel for some time now. Lately I’ve been feeling the push to get the first draft completed, but in order to do that, I need a little help.

The Girl from Galax is a coming-of-thirty story about Belle Mackey, a married waitress who’s far from living the dream in a small town. When a young, attractive music producer walks into the diner where she works, Belle finally gathers the courage to leave the only life she’s ever known in search of new adventures.

Set in 1998 in Galax, Virginia, just eight miles from the North Carolina border, this novel will take readers along for the ride with Belle as she makes her way from her job at Mayva’s Café all the way to Los Angeles.

I started work on the novel in spring 2010, and positive feedback from fellow writers has encouraged me to continue. While online research is great, I want to visit Galax to immerse myself in its culture: meet the locals, explore the town, see what life is really like there.

That’s where you come in. In order to make this trip happen, I need $1275 to cover my travel expenses:

  • airfare to and from the DC area
  • hotel and food in Galax for three (3) days
  • gas for the trip from the Washington DC area to Galax, a 335 mile drive
  • petsitting fees for my cats while I’m away

And to show how much I appreciate any and all financial help I receive, here’s what you get in return for helping me get to Galax:

Level Donation Amount Reward Number Available Awards Remaining
1 $5 Postcard from Galax (June – July 2012) 21 20
2 $10 Level 1 reward + access to a private slide show of images from my trip to Galax (July 2012) 15 12
3 $25 Level 1-2 rewards + listing on Acknowledgements page in novel (August 2012) 16 13
4 $30 Level 1-3 rewards + signed copy of finished novel (August 2012; novel release TBD) 10 4
5 $60 Level 1-4 rewards + a character named after you in the novel (August 2012; novel release TBD) 2 1
6 $100 Level 1-5 rewards + a private reading of an excerpt with you and your friends at your home (December 2012; novel release TBD) 2 0

To donate, just click the PayPal button below. I’ll be collecting funds through May 19 and will keep you updated as to my fundraising progress.

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Thank you so very much for supporting me and my writing!

4 Replies to “UPDATE & BONUS REWARD: Help Me Get to Galax to Research My Novel”

  1. That’s my neck of the woods. I’m from Roanoke, VA. Trying to think if I know anyone in Galax or from there to see if you could get some insider info. Maybe someone I worked with at summer camp…will let you know.

    1. Thanks Susan! There’s someone who does a Galax scrapbook website – I’m going to see if I can meet up with them while I’m there.

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