Book: Sugar Man's Daughter by Lucy Crowecategories: Book, Love, Deception, Drugs, Mystery, Firefighting, EMS, Undercover, Betrayal, Paranormal, Telepathy, Contemporary Fiction
Lucy Croweabout this book: "Sugar Man's Daughter" has a lot of elements - mystery, romance, feminism, even a ghost! I wrote this novel over the course of two years, and I wrote it with an eye toward the common man as I know him. My characters are firemen, cops, drug addicts – all with a little harder edge, I think, than what is normally portrayed in fiction. They are blue collar folks - pragmatic and maybe a little jaded. Capable, even so, of blind faith and hopeless love.
In the opening, my main character Nicola has returned to her childhood home at Blue Goose Lake for the wedding of a friend. It's been a year since the death of her father, but she is still feeling the effects of his suicide – to the point where she is certain that his ghost wanders the grounds of the old Sugar Inn. And when John Santangelo strolls into her life and disarms he with an easy smile, he only adds to the chaotic mix– in ways both good and bad.
Nicola's journey takes her down a path of love and deception, and we see her grow as a character, in her capacity for forgiveness, and also in a professional aspect as the first female on her local fire department. Her friendships are eclectic and, I think, satisfying - including her coworkers, a priest, and a little half witch telepath who introduces into Nicola's life more of the psychic world than she is comfortable with.
Like any writer, I love words, and I especially loved creating this novel and these people.
I was so blessed when my publishing journey took me to Lyle Perez and Rainstorm Press. I was given a voice in every step of the publishing process, as well as creative license with my cover. The lovely blue image of Nicola by the lake was painted in oil by a close family friend, and the original hangs in my living room.
Marketing has been an eye opening experience, and again the fates smiled upon me when my business-minded daughter took my project under her wing. The result has been a truly wonderful website, a blog which I actually enjoy writing, and contact with readers from all corners of the globe.
Most - but definitely not all! - of my fans are female, and statistics on my facebook page reveal the average reader to be between the ages of 25 -54. I don't like statistics! I have readers as young as 18, older than 75, and as far away as Germany and the Netherlands. Please feel free to browse my site - you can also catch excerpts and reviews of "Sugar Man" on Amazon and Good Reads
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