A to Z April Challenge Theme Reveal

atoz-theme-reveal-2015 Well, I’m a little late to the starting line for a March 23rd Theme Reveal for the A to Z Blogfest Challenge. I only just read about this a few minutes ago, though, and it sounds super fun. So I’m going to announce my theme anyway!

I will be writing in the young adult thriller genre. Letters and daily posts will follow the life of seventeen-year-old April Turner, who hates the fact that she is named after a month. April Fools Day is always the worst day of her year and from the start, 2015 seems like no exception. She would hope for her luck to improve, but hope can hurt worse than April Fools jokes. Her day starts off with “A” for audience…at midnight, while she’s still asleep. Things happen quickly from there, with “B” for bang! You get the idea, and I don’t want to spoil any surprises.

If you’ve been following my other narratives, The Tramp (paranormal mystery) and Catchpenny (coming of age, romance), you will recognize the setting for this A to Z story: Shirley County. This is my fictional small town in the Appalachian mountains. Characters and timelines will overlap in all three works.

This will be my first try at flash fiction, or micro fiction, and I’ll be keeping each post to under 300 words. They will be in serial, but each installment should also stand up as a tiny story in it’s own right. I’ve already started and I have to say, this is a tough assignment. I must be a masochist deep down, but I think I’m up to the challenge. It can only make me a better writer!

Here’s my working cover:



Sarah is the author of the new Young Adult novel, The Tramp, which is the first book in her epic saga, Bound. She is also currently working on a related novella entitled, Wicked Lover, which will be released in serial format on Amazon every two months. View the trailer for The Tramp, and listen to its original soundtrack! Find more info and links at www.sarahwathen.com. An artist turned author, Sarah's literary work incorporates art judicially, both in plotlines and in supporting social media. A reader can view characters' art and posters for fictitious events in Shirley County, listen to samples of character's favorite music and music that inspired the writing process, and even purchase a charm given to the heroine of The Tramp. LayerCake Productions is Sarah Wathen's independent publishing company, responsible for producing all video, audio and imagery for the Bound saga. Visit www.layercakeproductions.com for more info.

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9 Responses

  1. Solveig says:

    This does sound like a lot of fun for your readers and a lot of work for you. Good luck!

  2. John Holton says:

    Sounds like it’ll be a fun month. Looking forward to seeing your entries.

  3. Sandy says:

    Good luck with the a-z, enjoy your theme. Always nice to meet new bloggers. The blonde in the picture made me think of Shirley Temple, lol must be the girlie hair.

    • sarahwathen says:

      Oh, I love that, Sandy! I hope others see Shirley Temple in her, too. It would lend a terrific sense of irony. She looks to be from that era (when females were allowed to have a little more flesh on them), and yes, the curls. The setting of the story is a small, secluded mountain town, sort of lost in time, so this girl was a perfect fit for the cover.

  4. cjswriting says:

    Sounds like a great idea! Have a great A to Z month! I am behind in my theme reveal, it will post tomorrow (3/30), but I am cruising around the list to see what others are up to this year. Lots of great stuff! šŸ˜ƒ

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