About This Novel

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Inspired by actual events, this novel tells the story of many Oklahomans who struggled to survive during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

Below you will find information about the release of this novel.  Enjoy!

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I’m so excited!  I finally have a release date for my novel, The Edge of Nowhere!!!  According to my FABULOUS publisher, Penner Publishing, my debut novel is slated to release on JANUARY 19, 2016!  That’s right!

January 19, 2016

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share this announcement!  I’ve been in discussions with my publisher about the cover and, while it’s not ready yet, it’s finally taking shape and is gonna be EPIC!

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And just in case you haven’t heard about my book, let me tell you a little bit about it!

SYNOPSIS
Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene knows her family despises her.  She’s even heard her grandchildren snigger behind her back about the “Immaculate Conception of David” – her fifth child, conceived between husbands.  But Victoria refuses to die before revealing the secrets she’s held locked away for more than 50 years; the secrets only whispered about in family folklore that have made her the feared matriarch of her family.

Widowed with nine children, Victoria will do anything to provide for her children – even murder, and without remorse.  Each day brings greater challenges:  poverty, homelessness, death, starvation, degradation and disease.  Some challenges will require despicable acts to overcome. But at what cost?  Can her family understand the decisions she’s made to secure their futures?

The Edge of Nowhere is a work of historical fiction inspired by the experiences of my own grandmother during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.  While it is a complete work of fiction, many of the stories contained within its pages are based upon anecdotes that have been passed down from my father’s generation, through mine, and down to my children.  Several of the key factors of the book are taken from their actual experiences, and others are the product of my imagination or exaggeration.  As a reader, you’ll have to decide which is which.  The answers may surprise you.

Four of my grandparents' combined fourteen children. These four were their first together. Not pictured are the five he brought to the marriage, and the five that came after this photo was taken. Front Row: Bill and Geraldine Second Row: Shirley and Ed (My Daddy)Four of my grandparents’ combined fourteen children. These four were their first together. Not pictured are the five he brought to the marriage, and the five that came after this photo was taken. Front Row: Bill and Geraldine / Back Row: Shirley and Ed (My Daddy). For readers of the book, these four children inspired the characters of Jack, Grace, Sara and Ethan.

The Dust Bowl that swept through Oklahoma and neighboring states was arguably the most devastating natural disaster to ever hit American soil.  Unlike a tornado, earthquake or a hurricane, the Dust Bowl lasted nearly ten straight years.  What was once beautiful green prairie and farmland of wheat fields as far as the eye can see soon became nothing but dust and dirt.  A desert of sorts.  Everywhere you looked was blowing dirt.  It got into your mouth and ears.  You couldn’t help but to inhale it deep into your lungs until you choked.  Many during this time died of what came to be known as “dust pneumonia.”  It was relentless and brutal.

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Photo Credit Dorthea Lange

Farming was the lifeblood of most Oklahomans during this time, but the soil had become so eroded that nothing would grow.  If your livelihood is farming and nothing will grow, what do you do?  How do you live?  These are the questions I began asking myself as Victoria’s story unfolded. How do you provide for your family when you’re a single woman alone with nearly a dozen children and no resources?

An important thing to remember about Oklahomans of this era is that most had no formal education.  They knew one thing:  farming.  If you’ve read Steinbeck’s epic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, then you know that many of these people moved West for a better life.  Most people were too poor to move, however, and so they stayed behind and hoped for better days.  The Edge of Nowhere is the story of those people.  It’s the story of the true Oklahoma Spirit — the dogged determination and tenacity that continues to see them through continued disasters like the Oklahoma City Bombing and the yearly tornados that destroy home and property.  It is the story of a people dedicated to the land they love and the place they call home.  An interesting side note is that many of these same families who stayed behind and endured the harsh life of The Dust Bowl are still there today.  The same lands that once had forsaken them are now being farmed by their children and grandchildren.

“Abandoned farmstead in the Dust Bowl region of Oklahoma, showing the effects of wind erosion, 1937”
Image Source: http://www.britannica.com/media/full/174462/96105
My grandmother - Edna Hall Hedrick Golden - in her later years.
My grandmother – Edna Hall Hedrick Golden – in later years.

During this era, my grandmother was left a widow with her husband’s five nearly grown children and an additional seven smaller ones for a grand total of twelve children (she would go on to remarry after this era and have two more children for a combined fourteen).  She was only 28 years old.  Soon thereafter, she lost their farm and she found herself homeless, hungry and with few resources.  She had no family to speak of, so providing and caring for these children fell entirely to her.  I don’t know what she was like before my grandfather’s death, but I know that in the years I knew her she was strong and opinionated.  She ruled her children with an iron fist and they respected her for it.  She was a legend and not many people would dare to cross her path.

So sets the stage for The Edge of Nowhere.  You have a young woman, widowed, with a combined twelve children.  You have no resources.  You’ve lost your home, your children are hungry, jobs are scarce, what do you do?  Maybe a better question is this:  What wouldn’t you do to provide for your children?  And how do the decisions you’re forced to make change the person you are?

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28 thoughts on “About This Novel

    1. Thank you so much! I’m sure you can tell I’m just a little bit excited!! Squeeeeee! 🙂

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      1. I would be too! I would love to write a book. Dreamed of it all my life. So happy for you!

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      2. You should do it!!! Just sit down and start writing. Don’t worry about whether it makes sense…you can fix that in edits!

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      3. I know you’re right. My dad used to tell me that.

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      4. It’s what people used to tell me for years and I ignored them…until finally one day I didn’t. I was surprised at how the process just sort of evolved. Seriously…give it a shot.

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      5. OK. That’s one of the reasons why I started the blog (aside from my studying web design). I love to write. I will give it a shot!

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  1. Anita

    Fantastic news congratulations!!! If you go back a few posts, I had made a comment that your name belongs on a book cover :). I look forward to really seeing it now 🙂

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    1. Awwwwwww! I remember that comment! Thank you so much, Anita!!! I’m just beyond excited!

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      1. Anita

        It’s a HUGE deal, you have the whole weekend ahead for a befitting celebration 🙂

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      2. Yes! 🙂 I plan to take full advantage of it! LOL

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  2. Stephanie Bryant

    Congrats!! I will also be hopefully writing a novel when I retire from teaching in 2016. Much success to you:)

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck on your writing as well! It’s so much fun to sit down and just listen to the characters carry on in your head…if a little maddening at 2 in the morning when you’re trying to sleep! LOL

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  3. Congratulations, and the very best of luck! It sounds like an intriguing story 🙂

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  4. So very excited for you and the family! I can’t wait to purchase my copy….gonna put it in my calendar now.

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    1. Yay! You’re the best, Cheryl!!!

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  5. Congratulations. I shared it for you.

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  6. Marion Hedrick

    I am so PROUD of you that you finally did this!!! Nothing but good ahead. Love you MOM

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  7. Marion Hedrick

    Cathie question! Why didn’t you use the picture of the wheat field I painted.

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    1. ::sigh:: I love you and it’s a beautiful painting, Mom, but it doesn’t represent the period.

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  9. […] Just a quick reminder that this novel is now available for pre-order in e-book format through Barnes & Noble and iTunes.  IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK and additional e-book formats through Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kobo.  To learn more about this novel and the characters who inspired the story, USE THIS LINK. […]

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  10. […] Just a quick reminder that this novel is now available for pre-order in e-book format through Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo.  IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK and additional e-book formats through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  To learn more about this novel and the characters who inspired the story, USE THIS LINK. […]

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  11. […] those of you who haven’t read the synopsis and background of this novel, you can use THIS LINK.  And don’t forget to view the official video trailer […]

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