Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dismantling Evan- Teaser/Excerpt

Hi there!

With Dismantling Evan's manuscript 3/4 of the way complete, I wanted to celebrate by releasing a teaser/excerpt.  This teaser is between Evan (Evangeline) Phillips, the main character, and Brody Ferguson, Gavin's older brother whom Evan is falling for.


Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Latest Project: Dismantling Evan Book Trailer Reveal & Insight on the Novel.

Good Morning!

I have something to share with readers today. Something I'm really excited about.

For those that have been following the progress of my latest project, Dismantling Evan, you know that I have not released any real teasers for you as of yet.

The one and only reason is I am still writing D.E. and with this project in particular, I want to complete the manuscript before I begin sharing excerpts.
With that beings said, I am not done with the manuscript but after a long writing marathon this past week, I did have the itch to create a teaser/video trailer for D.E.

This video will definitely give you some clues in regards to the direction Dismantling Evan will be taking as a contemporary fiction novel  revolving around teens with mental disorders and illness in our society with all of the other "life" and "coming of age" aspects that teens in general face in their lives.
Obviously, the focus of this story is Evan (Evangeline Phillips), but no this.....Evangeline is only a part of the grander storyline with other characters' facing challenges  greater than her own.

I have placed a brief synopsis of Dismantling Evan in the book trailer, however, I want to also place it here since it is the root of this story.


~ Dismantling Evan is a coming of age novel that fleshes out  Evan's (Evangeline Philips)  unsteady and shifting teen life while pushing through a  societal epidemic that is  utterly  "dismantling" leaving hearts of   families and entire communities broken and questioning "Why did this happen?" ~ 

Some evidence and thoughts as to why this story (Dismantling Evan) needs to be  written: 

*Just over 20 percent (or 1 in 5) children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. ( National Institute of Mental Health -http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1ANYDIS_CHILD.shtml)


* "Estimates suggest that between 60 and 90 percent of adolescents with mental 
health disorders fail to receive treatment." (Knopf, D. K., Park, J., & Mulye, T. P. (2008). The mental health of adolescents: A national profile, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2012, from 
http://nahic.ucsf.edu/downloads/MentalHealthBrief.pdf

*People now know that mental illness has neurologic causes and is therefore amenable to treatment. But this knowledge has not resulted in greater tolerance toward the mentally ill. 

Mental Illness Stigma Persists Among Americans

Fran Lowry
September 22, 2010http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/729174
My thoughts: Even though we are a very knowledge driven society, the lack of knowledge of adolescents with mental disorders and illness is waning when it comes to identifying, accepting  and having tolerance by the adolescents' peers. Event hough we have made leaps in the area  of  preventing bullying and resources for youth with mental illness; there are still so many gaps.  One of the many solutions that I have researched and summed up as the one that we are  lacking in  as a society is  so basic, so primal...Well, once was primal but now seems to be rapidly deteriorating.  What is my opinion on the basic solution? This is where I have to stop because it is the root of Dismantling Evan and I am still writing the manuscript. However, I look forward to revealing it when D.E releases on January 13, 2014.  
If you get a chance, Please add Dismantling Evan to your Goodreads (Want to Read) list.  D.E is not currently set for pre-order on Amazon, but accessing updates both here and on my website is always available to you prior to release.   GOODREADS LINK FOR DISMANTLING EVAN:  https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=dismantling+evan
OKAY, I HAVE MADE YOU WAIT LONG ENOUGH.  Here is the Dismantling Evan Book Trailer. 
Have a great day! I'm off to write a novel :) 

~Venessa Kimball  


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teaser: New Teaser Poster for Next Novel, Dismantling Evan (Young Adult Contemporary Fiction)


Good Morning!

My writing schedule is coming along amazingly for my next novel, Dismantling Evan. (Young Adult Contemporary Fiction)
The direction this novel is flowing is taking me through much needed research to get things just right for the characters and in turn YOU, the reader. It is also taking me through many emotions having been a high schooler a looooooong time ago, a friend, an onlooker, a teacher, and now a mother of children that will experience (directly, or indirectly) ramifications of the sensitive topic I am addressing.
---THE TEASE---  I am not releasing the blurb for it yet, but I can tell you that this novel will be focusing on a sensitive topic among teens that impacts family, friends, loved ones, and those caught in the cross-fire. Actually, multiple variables surrounding this topic will be addressed in D.E. because all of those "variables" mold the  enormous ripple effect this topic has on our  society as a whole. One of the variables is mental illness in teens and the stigma it carries in society. THAT is just one of the variables, but it is a BIG one.
The tragic things is  every time this "sensitive topic" occurs, we are blind to it and are scrambling to understand why this happened. Members of families  and  closest friends are blind to the build up of variables until it has already "dismantled" everyone in its path.

   Okay, I have teased enough I think. But one more thing!
 ---One important tidbit as you follow the progress of D.E.----
Many of you may think this book's main character is male based on  novel's title. The main character is female.  This novel's main character is Evangeline "Evan, a teenager  in a new town and new high school.

I leave you with one of multiple Dismantling Evan posters I have created.  Each one symbolizes themes in the novel.  Once D.E. has released and you have read it in January, you will better understand the reason for my image choices.

Here is the first.
~V


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