Jordan O’Malley has everything she ever wanted: a job she loves, a beautiful home and a dependable boyfriend. Then a breast cancer scare leaves her feeling like a chipped teacup, and Jordan’s life unravels.
On impulse, Jordan joins her wildest childhood friend in San Francisco and tracks down her drifter brother, Cam, who has secrets of his own. When Cam flees the country suddenly, Jordan follows, determined to bring him home. Her journey takes her to the farthest reaches of majestic Nepal, where she encounters tests—and truths—that she never could have imagined.
Funny, heartbreaking, and suspenseful, Sleeping Tigers reminds us all that sometimes it’s better to follow your heart instead of a plan.
Targeted Age Group:
Women, ages 25 to 100
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I write women’s fiction, which I define as writing about women on emotional, spiritual, and often physical journeys to grapple with life’s biggest questions, such as “Why am I here?” “How do I love without fear?” and “How can I be the best person I can be, despite the obstacles tossed into my path?” Writing in this genre means that you have to create tight narrative arcs, as in any good storytelling, but you also have to create 3-D characters who experience conflicts and change as a result.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t be afraid to follow your passion. If you write long enough and hard enough, and keep knocking on doors, a door will eventually open, and you’ll learn a great deal about life–and about yourself–along the way.
Journalist and celebrity ghost writer Holly Robinson is the author of The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter: A Memoir and the novels Sleeping Tigers and The Wishing Hill (available July 2 from NAL/Penguin). She holds a B.A. in biology from Clark University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. To learn more about Holly Robinson, please visit www.authorhollyrobinson.com.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my early forties, and the experience transformed my life. Also, I traveled through Nepal and wanted to write about that amazing experience. My goal was to write an emotional novel about a woman’s search for her brother–and for how to live her life more fully.