This book is bargain priced from 11/27/2013 until 12/01/2013
Set in the rural South in the 60s and 70s, Breaking TWIG tells the story of thirteen-year-old Becky (Twig) Cooper, who is trying to survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a calculating woman who can, with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life. Not even Twig’s vivid imagination and keen wit are enough to help her endure the assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source—Frank, her stepfather. Sometimes, having one person who believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.
Over the next eight years, Becky’s tumultuous struggle to prevail—becoming neither a “pick” (victim) nor a “picker” (abuser)—finds her bouncing back and forth between Helen’s abuse and Frank’s tenderness as she fights to win this desperate battle of souls. She infuses her tale of torment and triumphs with a blend of dark humor and endearing wit, as when describing Helen, Becky declares, “I may not be the smartest squirrel in the tree, but I know a nut when I see one.”
Just as she begins to feel life holds some promise, Becky’s world crumbles when she loses Frank. To counter Donald’s attacks, Becky makes a shaky truce with Helen. On Halloween night, she and Helen argue and all lies are stripped away. Now that she knows the shocking truth about her mother, Becky must make a fateful decision—one that can give her the freedom she craves or send her to prison for life.
Sprinkled with all the southern flavoring found in a hearty bowl of chicken and dumplings, Breaking TWIG is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.
Targeted Age Group: 18 and over
Book Price: $0.99
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Regardless of the genre I am writing in, my goal in writing is to tell a good story, one that shows my truth –nobody is perfect, life is messy, and we all fail more often than we’d care to admit. But with faith, love, and perseverance, we can find the strength to continue toward our own truth with a bit more forgiveness and understanding for others and for ourselves. This is easier to do (I think) if you have a good dog by your side.
Some genres lend themselves more to escapism or to just entertaining the reader, and that’s fine. I love a good comedy, juicy romance, and fantasy world adventure too. But I tend to write characters who must face a challenge of conscience and make a decision as to which path they’ll take. My main job is to stay true to my characters no matter what genre I’m writing in.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t expect others to do all the marketing for you. Join a great local writers’ group where you can share your resources and pool your knowledge and, most of all, celebrate each other’s success. I urge every writer I meet to join a supportive authors’ group, but beware of toxic groups that view everyone as their competitor rather than their colleague. And when you don’t know something—ASK! And keeping asking until you find someone who has the answers
Born and raised in the Deep South, Deborah Epperson grew up during the era of the Civil Rights Movement, integration, and Vietnam. She received a BS degree in biology and English in Texas, and later moved to Atlanta to work and pursue post graduate work at Georgia Tech. After working in the scientific field for twenty years, she turned her talents to writing fiction and nonfiction. Her award winning nonfiction and poetry have been published in newspapers and magazines locally and nationally.
Through her storytelling, Deborah tackles issues most people, especially Southerners, can identify with and, like her, may have struggled to understand. She enjoys writing stories and characters steeped in the lyrical traditions and mystical surroundings of the Deep South where she grew up.
A transplanted Texan, Deborah lives in Montana with her family. When not working on her next novel or article, she enjoys doing pet therapy work with her golden retriever and volunteering in animal rescue.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
In college, I majored in biology and English and have always been interested in the issue of heredity verses environment in child development. Which one has the most influence on a child? At times, Becky (Twig) worries that she has inherited her mother’s “picker” ways and her gene for chicanery, but she also thinks having one person who loves and believes in you is all a person needs to keep hope alive. I wanted readers to think about how important the roles of love and a supportive environment—or the lack of these two influences—are in helping to shape a child’s development into an adult.