Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review and Q&A: Tuesday's Child by Carolyn Gibbs

Tuesday's Child by Carolyn Gibbs

Paperback, 386 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by LegWork Team
(first published March 12th 2010)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
ISBN13      9781935905097

Summary from Goodreads
Tuesday's Child is the Runner Up in the Teen Division of the 2011 Beach Book Festival, and Honorable Mention in the 2011 Hollywood Book Festival! 

Not all teens on the street are runaways. Some are throw-aways. 
Lane Harris should be the heir to the family fortune,  but the entire town hates her, and everybody’s got  an ax to grind. Brutalized, left to die, and ignorant  of her attacker’s identity, she awakes in a Seattle  hospital and begins a cycle of flight designed to do  nothing more than keep her alive. Hers is a struggle  for just the slightest shred of normalcy and trust.

Carolyn has agreed to do some Q&A for us.  I came up with three questions for her.  But first let find out a little about her in her own words from Goodreads. 

Carolyn Gibbs
I've been writing since grade 6, publishing articles and poetry in newspapers and industry newsletters.

My novel, Tuesday's Child, began in 2001 as a screenplay, but she outgrew her britches. The re-write began in 2009.

Haven, another screenplay, is currently in the Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. But, hey, if we don't finish in the top 11, maybe I'll just re-write that one as a novel, too!
1)How did this novel come to you?  In other words how did it come about? 
There were a series of public service announcements that hit TV back in 2000-2001, showing teenagers being shut out of their homes. In some cases the parents were fed up with the teenager's behavior, in other cases the parents just felt the kids were old enough to fend for themselves. I remember thinking how very horrendous that would be, to come home and find the door shut, having no where to go, no plan to survive, and to not be welcome in my own home.

2)Tell us about the most difficult chapter you had to write in this book. Tell us why. 
The chapters featuring Morgan and Jenna were the toughest to write. Everyone loves to hate a well-written villain. The problem was balancing these two characters' psyches. They had to be believable as human beings, and as villains. I couldn't make them one-sided, just the most horrendous human beings alive...I had to draw you to that conclusion without ever saying it.

3)Who was your biggest supporter  in writing this book? Tell us why.

My family...they helped me review, revise, rewrite, making sure the story was smooth and believable. And they continue to help me with the marketing.
My publisher...for producing a polished and professional product.
And God...for giving me the story, the desire, and the kick-in-the-butt to get going.

Carolyn thank you so much for sharing your answers with us.  I am sure many people will be moved by Tuesday's Child.
My Thoughts:

We are all aware of child abuse. It does not discriminate. Child abuse effects every race and station of life.  When it happens to a child, like in this book, it is almost unbearable to read. I wanted to scream, "some help this poor child."  But so many people are like the three monkeys. See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.  The author brought the story of this child's abuse alive for everyone to see, hear and speak about and almost too late to save this child.  The author also makes us aware that we should always be vigilant in watching out for all kinds of abuse.  Some are abused without even a mark. Yes, I mean verbal abuse can be damaging as well. 

Kuddos to the author for writing such a touchy story of the horrendous crime of abuse.
She told the story without having to be grossed out in the abusive parts.  She kept you on the edge and wanting to rant and rave at some of the character in the book.  
Thank you for this suspense filled novel.  Love it when good over powers evil and prayer when prayed with faith is answered in the Lord's own way.
I highly recommend this book.  I give it five stars.

Disclosure:  I want to thank Carolyn Gibbs the author for the free Copy of Tuesday's Child she provided to me for review.

1 comment:

  1. I read this book, I loved this book, I cherish my autographed copy of this book.
    I agree, kuddos to Carolyn Gibbs for writing such a wonderful read that kept me on the edge of my seat.

    Sherry French