Book: How Not to Cry in Public - A Novel (The Cousin Cycle) by Jean Stringamcategories: Book, Contemporary Realism, Family, Finding Birth Parents, Family History, Teenage Emancipation, Finding Yourself, Loneliness, Thailand, Las Vegas, Cousins, Who Am I?, Young Adult Fiction
Jean Stringamabout this book: How far would you go to discover your family? They could be people you didn't want to know. Or they could be amazing. Are you prepared to take the risk? Brenna did. And she'll never be the same!
I rarely admit to personal connections with my characters, so it takes some courage to admit that I chose the title because I've waged a lifelong battle against the indignity of crying at unwonted moments. I learned to take care of the effects of tears by carrying a pack of tissue and a mascara wand. I could cry and hide from the world if I had a pair of sunglasses. But it took working with a first-class acting director and then a fabulous opera teacher before I understood that what you do with the muscles in your body actually controls your emotional responses. Usually people claim it's the other way around. But it's not!
Read my novel, and you'll discover right along with Brenna how not to cry in public. Unless, of course, you want to. Maybe it's written into the script. Then you'll need to cry in public – but that's a different novel.
When I wrote "Who Am I?", the song for this book, I could hear Brenna taking little short gasping breaths before she learned the technique of not crying. So that's how I wrote the lyrical line. You can download a free copy of the music from my author website at http://jeanstringam.com. While you're there, feel free to follow the YouTube link to hear a Colorado Indie band's version of the song.
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